Learn from Isabel McGarva to discover stake and strand basketry with a contemporary twist. During this course we will be exploring traditional willow basketry techniques to make contemporary sculptural shapes! We will be building rounded shapes around a traditional base, working on form and exploring waling and the gorgeous rope wale out of the finest willow to give our pieces weight movement and texture.
- Instructor – Isabel McGarva
- Weaving Level – All levels
- Date and Time: June 24-26, 9am-4pm
- Location: Cobourg, ON
- Cost: 375CAD +HST tuition, plus materials fee based on what you weave
- Cancellation: Full refund if cancelled 30 days or more before class commences. If cancelled 29 days or less prior to start date and the space can be filled (i.e.: from waitlist), a full refund less $25 administration fee will be issued. lf space cannot be filled (i.e.: no waitlisted students) and cancellation is less than 29 days prior to class start date, 100% non refundable.
I’m Isabel, a French-British basketmaker living in Burgundy, France since 2017.
Coming from a British arts and crafts background, my first broad interest for artefacts lead to study art history and archaeology. After several years studying in Perpignan, Barcelona and Montpellier leaving with a BA in art history, an MA in contemporary arts curatorship and an MA in field archaeology, I worked as a commercial archaeologist in the south of France for several years following through various international projects from my university days (research excavations in the south of France but also in Syria and Armenia). In between digs and projects I went on upholstery, woodwork and sewing courses… and a basketry course. After a few years of living from one project to the next without knowing quite what or when the next would turn up, every aspect of basketry drew me in: the freedom of being self employed, the ecological aspect of growing your own materials, the heritage side of keeping up ancient craft but also fitting into a contemporary crafts scene was particularly appealing. I trained at the Fayl Billot school of basketry and willow growing in the east of France, a unique and ancient institution left over from the XIXth century humanitarian days when giving skills to the workers was giving them freedom, the only school in Europe entirely dedicated to basketry and willow. I was taught by J-P Bavoillot master basketmaker along with 7 other amazing characters ready to put everything on hold for a year commit to learning the bases of the craft and start an new life. I moved back to the Nièvre, a very rural part of Burgundy where I grew up, and became a basketmaker and archaeological guide for the local museum of Bibracte.