Welcome to Kickstart Arts’ Creative Exchange: Sharing Skills and Culture.
Session Title: Button Hole Stitched Baskets
Description: The humble half hitch is a wonderful invention! Learn how it is used in basket making, and how to weave and stitch using native local plants.
What you’ll get:
Create a small basket using the button-hole or blanket stitch technique
Hate sewing? You’ll learn to stitch without a needle!
Gwen will share stories with you about her adventures with the sculptural possibilities of button-hole basket weaving
What to bring:
- Can you find an example of something from home that is made using a half hitch?
- All materials and equipment will be supplied.
About Creative Exchange: Kickstart Arts value community skills and knowledge, so we started up Creative Exchange – Hobart’s newest destination for teaching, learning, sharing and collaborating!
Gwen Egg is a textile and community artist best known for teaching basket weaving with natural materials. Gwen is interested in the ecologies and cultures that inform our understanding of the materials and techniques used in the weaving. Gwen enjoys the process of making which stimulates her thinking – as do the people she meets through her involvement in community arts and teaching.
Gwen’s exhibition work celebrates nature with understated technique and eloquent forms. What began as a passion for weaving with natural materials has become, for her, a language with which to explore texture and form in familiar landscapes. Her practice is constantly re-informed by the environment in which she lives and works.