Workshops and Bookings 2017

Welcome to Weaving by the Sea 2017!

1st Courses 29th, 30th September & 1st October 

Special activity day Monday 2nd October
2nd Courses 3rd, 4th & 5th October

Please find course descriptions, booking, accommodation and arrangement details on this page.

This year we will offer six courses, three courses over the Friday 29th September - Sunday 1st October and three different courses over the Tuesday 3rd - Thursday 5th October.

Monday 2nd October will be a day off from our teaching but we have arranged a special day trip to a village in southern Catalonia where you will learn about the palm basketry tradition - further details below. 

Workshop Details
Friday - Sunday 29th September - 1st October
 

Flexible Basketry Structures - looping, netting and knotting 
with Tim Johnson
Looping, netting and knotting have been used for at least the past 20,000 years to make baskets, traps and clothing, in this workshop you will explore these ancient  technologies and make contemporary bags, baskets and wall hangings with natural fibres and recycled materials.
Contrasting a variety of looping techniques with fixed knot structures this workshop gives an excellent overview of the possibilities for both functional and contemporary basketmaking and textile art projects.  With reference to Tim's collection of string bags and textiles from around the world you will learn to apply appropriate techniques and combine materials to create individual functional and experimental pieces.

This course is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.
Tim will teach this course in English.



Texture and Structure - Explore weaving structures to create texture in your willow baskets.
with Mai Hvid Joergensen
Working with a variety of willows and Mediterranean materials such as olive and date palm, you will explore the variety of textures and patterns created by different weaving techniques and structures. Starting with round and oval bases, participants will have the opportunity to learn a variety of weaves such as Herringbone and Zig-Zag Weave, French Randing and the traditional Irish 'Donkey Windows'. These techniques may be used to create a variety of beautiful baskets and bags for functional and decorative use.

Mai is an experienced maker and tutor and is happy to cater for both beginners and more advanced students on a variety of projects.
Languages of the course will be English, Danish and Norwegian.

























Catalan Cove - Fisherman's Landing Basket & Catalan Traditional Baskets
with Monica Guilera
Catalan basketmaking is a distinctive craft tradition that has fulfilled everyday needs of the Catalan people for centuries. Rooted in this distinctive local tradition this basket was used in Vilanova i La Geltru and along the Catalan coastline by fisherman to land their catches. Combining an unusual willow base with either willow or cane sidings, a three bundle rope border and two handles, this attractive basket will introduce many of the locally specific techniques whilst making a very useful household basket. 

Alongside the Catalan Cove workshop participants may also opt for a variety of other traditional pieces with the classic combination of Catalan base, rope border and a variety of handles. 

Some experience of working with willow is required for this course. 
Languages of the course will be English, Catalan, Spanish and French.

Monday 2nd October Special Excursion & workshop

Visit to Mas de Barberans & the Museu de la Pauma 
New for Weaving by the Sea 2017 we offer an optional special day trip to the village of Mas de Barberans in the south of Catalonia, home to the palm basketry museum - Museu de la Pauma. 
Included in the day will be the chance to see Monica and Tim's current 'Cortines' exhibition celebrating the tradition of fly screens and curtains made with natural materials, a guided tour with the museum director and an afternoon workshop with the palm weavers of the village.

The price for the day is 55 euros including coach travel, a delicious 3 course meal and museum entry, workshop and materials. You will have the chance to make either a traditional braided and stitched pot stand or a wearable palm belt.

 

Tuesday to Thursday 3rd - 5th October

Fisherman's Nansa Basket
with Monica Guilera
This special Mediterranean technique combining rigid and flexible elements in an unusual triangular structure was used by fishermen to create a variety of fish traps and baskets according to the local catch and their specific needs. This course will focus on the useful basket with a handle used by fishermen for their lunch, tools and whatever else they needed for a successful day on the water. 

This course is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.
Languages of the course will be English, Catalan, Spanish and French.


Twining in World traditions 
with Tim Johnson
Twining is one of the most useful and widely distributed basketmaking techniques around the world. This course, gathering inspiration from global traditions and Tim’s recent researches in Australia and Morocco, will give you the skills to create a variety of forms with a combination of both hard and soft materials.

This course is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.
Tim will teach this course in English.


Willow basket in Countered Pairing 
with Mai Hvid Joergensen
This technique – unusual in willow – is native to basketmaking traditions amongst far-flung peoples of Borneo, the Philippines, Zambia and California. While it’s full name – ‘chased countered alternate pair twining’ doesn’t slip off the tongue – it does give a beautiful and flowing texture to your baskets. One of Mai’s favourite techniques, this basket has won her acclaim winning a prize at the international basketmakers meeting in Novy Thomsyl in Poland.

Some experience of working with willow is required for this course. 
Languages of the course will be English, Danish and Norwegian.


























Salt International Basketmakers Fair, 7th & 8th October 2017
Weaving by the Sea 2017 precedes the annual basketmakers fair in Salt (above) near Girona on the weekend of the 7th & 8th October - an excellent start to your Mediterranean Basketry Holiday! Many of our previous participants have enjoyed attending the fair and the great variety of Spanish and international makers present combined with exhibitions, activities and workshops.

Accommodation
Weaving by the Sea 2017 will be hosted at a lovely venue only a couple of minutes walk from the sea shore of Vilanova I la Geltru, Catalonia, Spain, a short bus or train journey from Barcelona airport.  

The Hotel Cesar is a family hotel with traditional ambience, excellent teaching spaces and a rooftop terrace. Vilanova i La Geltru is a coastal town with good weather and a friendly pedestrian town centre. A wide variety of restaurants, cafes and bars provide ample evening entertainment and friendly outdoor spaces away from the tourism and bustle of Barcelona.

Below: two of our three separate teaching spaces at the Hotel Cesar.

 


Pricing and Booking:

The price for each course is 235 € per person including:
·         three days tuition (9.30am - 12.45pm and 2.00pm - 5.00pm)
·         basket making materials (except leather straps if required during Mai's course)
·         a Spanish lunch - 3 course meal each day plus coffee, tea and water during the course.

Accommodation is separate and should be booked directly with the Hotel Cesar - details and prices of this may be obtained from Mai upon booking. Please note we have arranged a special price that is very good value with the hotel as a group booking that is not available to regular customers.

Please book your room at Cesar Hotel as soon as possible. 

Programme of Workshops and Special Day Trip

29.09.2017 – 1.10.2017
Flexible Basketry Structures - looping, netting and knotting 
Beginners & experienced
Tim Johnson
235 €
29.09.2017 – 1.10.2017
Texture and Structure - explore weaving structures to create texture in your willow baskets.
Beginners & experienced
Mai Hvid Joergensen
235 €
29.09.2017 – 1.10.2017
Catalan Cove –
Fisherman's Landing Basket 
Some experience necessary
Monica Guilera
235 €
2.10.2017
Visit to Mas de Barberans & Museu de Pauma
Beginners & experienced

55 €
3.10.2017 – 5.10.2017
Twining in World traditions 

Beginners & experienced
Tim Johnson
235 €
3.10.2017 – 5.10.2017
Willow basket in Countered Pairing 
Some experience necessary
Mai Hvid Joergensen
235 €
3.10.2017 – 5.10.2017
Fisherman's Nansa Basket  

Beginners & experienced
Monica Guilera
235 €

If you would like to make a booking please 
email Mai Hvid Jorgensen:  mai@skovflet.dk 

You may secure your reservation with a first payment (half the course fee which constitutes a non-returnable deposit should you cancel your attendance).

Other details: 
Where: Vilanova I la Geltru, a seaside town located 50km south from Barcelona within easy reach of Barcelona El Prat Airport. 

Travel: You will need to make your own arrangements however shortly we will provide information about the easy travel possibilities by train and bus between Barcelona airport and Vilanova i la Geltru and the basket fair in Salt, Girona.

Tools: Please bring your basic basketmaking tools (knife, bodkin and secateurs) with you - if it is not possible for you to do so please let us know.

We are now opening the bookings and will soon post more information in our blog, but please get in touch with if you should need any further information.

About us:

Monica Guilera is a Catalan basketmaker with many years experience, she makes her living making baskets, teaching and demonstrating and has taken part in many exhibitions both in Spain and internationally.   
2017 looks to be another busy year for Monica making for exhibitions and fairs in Spain and France and travelling to teach in Denmark, England and the USA as well as nearer to home. Her work continues to evolve, while rooted in Spanish and Mediterranean tradition she brings colour and contemporary shapes to her baskets. 

Monica's blog detailing her current work may be seen here: monicaguilera.blogspot.com
Mai Hvid Jørgensen is a Danish Basketmaker with many years experience as a maker and teacher, she combines excellent traditional making skills with a flair for good design. Her contemporary functional works add warmth and detail to many Scandinavian homes.
Mai grows and uses a wide variety of willows which gives her a deeper understanding of its uses and potential for creative making. Her current work explores the possibilities of diverse international weaving techniques to create texture, form and functionality. 

Mai’s work may be seen on her website here: www.skovflet.dk

Tim Johnson - never happier than when he's out discovering a new basketry plant or extracting fibres for his latest work, Tim is an artist and basketmaker with many years of making and teaching experience, Tim combines a creative approach with great respect for traditional crafts and his fascination and extensive knowledge of the natural world.
During 2017 Tim will be leading a two month sculpture project in Australia followed by teaching trips to the UK, Denmark and the USA.  Tim's is currently making work for a forthcoming group exhibition with browngrotta arts just outside New York.

Tim’s work may be seen here: www.timjohnsonartist.com

 


See you at Weaving by the Sea 2017!


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