An introduction to gathering and processing a range of plant-based fibres that grow wild, including nettle, bramble and willow herb. We will gather the relevant plants from the land near to the studio and learn the different ways to extract and process fibre that could then be used for cordage making, soft basketry and weaving. Some of the workshop will be spent outside, whatever the weather. You will produce a selection of fibre and cordage samples and learn about times to gather, process and store your wild fibres. The focus of the workshop is on gathering and processing fibre and aims to open our eyes to the usable fibres that are commonly available to us.
Alice’s process-led practice is based on personal engagement with landscape and has sustainability at its heart. She takes an experimental approach to materials, learning about their properties, boundaries and possibilities and using them to form tangible records of her experience of place. She works with natural fibres and gathered materials, employing natural dye processes, drawing, staining and printmaking with construction techniques from textiles and basketry.
She studied Contemporary Surface Design & Textiles at Bradford School of Arts & Media and completed an MA in Creative Practice at Leeds Arts University. She works from her allotment and her studio in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, UK. She exhibits, lectures and teaches workshops nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Textile Study Group.
|Course length:||3 sessions|