‘Create a rush table mat to take home’ with Basket Maker Jane Bradley
In this “hands on” masterclass, Jane will show you how to create a traditional rush table mat which you can then take home and use. Jane works in many materials, collecting most of them herself. She grows willow and dogwood in a nearby field, harvesting them every winter and in the summer months gathers rushes and flax. Her ethos is to produce baskets that are not only good to look at but are practical and useful too. Jane draws her inspiration from traditional techniques and the colourful raw materials foraged from around her home and on trips to west coast of Scotland.
Jane was introduced to weaving in 1999 whilst living in a remote part of New Zealand where she was taught how to weave Maori flax baskets. The creation of beautiful, practical items from a bundle of plant material inspired her to continue with basketry when returning home to the UK. Since setting up her business in South Cumbria in 2001, Jane has worked weaving to commission and for exhibitions. She runs her own courses for all ages throughout the year, following themes that change with the seasons. She is a member of the Witherslack Artists and Makers group, which has a highly regarded annual exhibition in her home village every year. You will often find her demonstrating at local shows. In 2014 Jane was awarded first prize in the “Basket of Year” competition, organised by the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers, for her English rush handbag.
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