Wild Fibres Workshop – With Elizabeth CrawfordBy Nettlecombe Craft School
Sunday June 23rd
We will spend a summer day exploring the amazing wild fibres that grow around us. From nettle and bramble to willow bark, soft rush and iris leaves; we will harvest, look at different processing techniques, and make lengths of cordage to discover some of the textile and basketry potential held within these plants. This is a great introduction to a range of material processing techniques that will leave you with skills and inspiration for crafting with foraged plant fibres.
Elizabeth Crawford is an award-winning basket maker working primarily in wild foraged materials that include various river and wetland plants including rushes, sedges and willow. Her pieces combine sculptural design, carved wood and woven textiles with basketry to create unique, functional items, as much as possible using traditional hand crafting techniques. Her practice offers an ongoing exploration of how plant hunting, harvest and weaving can deepen our relationship with our local ecosystems, as well as with innate and ancient human capacities. She lives and works on the edge of Dartmoor.