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This is a 2 sessions intermediate/ advanced workshop, where some prior experience with twining, and cedar weaving, will be helpful. Polly Adams Sutton is known for her unique sculptural weaving styles and uses of traditional and non-traditional materials.
The pliability of Northwest Sweet Grass from the tidal flats of Washington, combined with the flexibility of Western Red Cedar gathered from local logging sites, will offer students an opportunity to create a unique, sculptural shape in a vessel. Sweet Grass twining will be the dominant technique. Intermittently woven Bear Grass, skip stitches, and chase twining, will be introduced so students can create design and accents. The focus will be on how to achieve an asymmetrical form through weaving and twining techniques.
There is an additional Materials Fee of $100 per student to be payable to BARN at the beginning of class. There will be materials for more than one basket. Please bring cash or check made out to BARN.
Please bring a bag lunch. BARN has a refrigerator you can store your lunch in.
Instructor Bio: Polly Adams Sutton is a Seattle artist. Her educational background was art with an emphasis on painting and printmaking. Once settled in the Pacific Northwest she was introduced to basketry through the Seattle Weaver’s Guild. It has been her practicing art ever since. She harvests cedar bark each spring in logging areas throughout Washington. Her sculptural work is primarily twined, although she experiments with wire as a woven element in her asymmetrical shapes. Her work is exhibited in galleries nationwide, and she has been recipient of many awards in juried exhibits, and was awarded an artist project grant in 2012 through the City of Seattle, to experiment with invasive vines in her work. She also received an Artist Trusts GAP Grant which she used in conjunction with a Seattle Weavers Guild Grant for investigating the basketry of Sardinia. Her piece is also on the cover of the book “500 Baskets”.
Contact Polly at firstname.lastname@example.org