LIVRAISON EN FRANCE OFFERTE

We are delighted to open the booking for Basketry Lagrasse 2020.

Master weavers Mònica Guilera and Tim Johnson are each offering a course, combining traditional and contemporary basketmaking, in Lagrasse, Aude, France, between the 24th and 26th April 2020.

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T H E    W O R K S H O P S

Tim Johnson Braid & Stitch

BRAID & STITCH – rush basketmaking with Tim Johnson
In many parts of Europe soft materials such as rushes and grasses are braided into long lengths and then stitched together edge to edge to create beautiful and functional bags and baskets in a great variety of forms and functions. Starting with an overview of these traditions you will learn a variety of weaving patterns and stitching techniques and then go on to make several metres of rush braid to create a functional bag or basket of your own design to wear or use around the home.

This course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
The course will be taught in English.

Tools: If you have basketmaking tools please bring them along, you may find the following useful - don't worry if you don't have all of these.
• Pocket knife and scissors
• Water mister
• Cloth or towel for covering work to keep it damp.  

BASKETS FOR FASHION with Mònica Guilera

Design and make your own handbags, shoulder bags and shoppers in a variety of sizes and designs to suit your personal style and fit. During this workshop you will learn a variety of traditional willow basketmaking techniques including the Catalan base and zig zag weave, these in combination with a variety of willow and leather strap colours will give you many creative choices so that you may design your own unique and truly sustainable fashion statement.

This course is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
The course will be taught in English and French.

Tools: If you have basketmaking tools please bring them along, you may find the following useful - don't worry if you don't have all of these.

• Pocket knife, secateurs and bodkin
• Water mister
• Cloth or towel for covering work to keep it damp.  



T H E    T E A C H E R S

Monica and Tim Basketweavers

Mònica Guilera and Tim Johnson are basketmakers based on the Mediterranean coast of Catalonia near Barcelona.  Their work combines traditional and contemporary techniques using a wide variety of locally harvested natural materials to make functional and contemporary baskets, sculptures and large scale installations.

Mònica learnt basketmaking in the Catalan tradition combining willow and split european cane, with 20 years of making and teaching experience she has a wide repertoire and enjoys designing contemporary functional baskets. One of Mònica's specialities is the Nansa fishtrap technique that has been used by fisherman around the Mediterranean since ancient times, with deep roots and a modern sensibility Mònica's work explores colour, form and pattern ideal for the contemporary home.

Over 25 years artist and basketmaker Tim has explored the relationships of material, place, nature and culture through his making. His diverse creative practice encompasses basketmaking and sculpture, photography and installation, costume and disguise. Tim combines a deep respect for traditional basketmaking with his own innovations and enjoys using a wide variety of materials and techniques gleaned from his travels, research and his own creative practice.

All photographs above Tim Johnson – except Madrid Fashion Week 2015, handbags Mònica Guilera in collaboration with Ailanto.

L A G R A S S E

Lagrasse is one of France’s most beautiful villages. Tucked into the heart of the Corbières in southern France, it attracts an extraordinary variety of residents, complementing its salt-of-the-earth locals. The tiny population of 550 people live in this medieval, listed village surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, its backdrop dominated by an 8th century working Abbey and situated in a valley surrounded by Mediterranean hillsides full of rosemary, thyme and cyprus trees, the river Orbieu meandering through the village.

There is plenty of holiday accommodation available to suit all budgets. We suggest you use Airbnb and Booking.com to select what suits you. We also advise early reservation for your accommodation as April is a busy month in Lagrasse.


Travel:
Lagrasse is 45kms from Carcassonne airport, Carcassonne or Narbonne train stations, and 19km from Lézignan-Corbières train station. You will need to take a taxi to Lagrasse from these arrival points.  

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B O O K I N G S

Pricing :

The price for each course is 306 € per person including:

  • three days tuition
  • basket making materials (There will be an additional charge for leather straps, if required during Monica's course)
  • lunch each day (starter-main-dessert-wine-coffee) at l'Hostellerie des Corbières.  Vegetarian option available.

Availability:

There are 10 places available for each workshop.

The local association VIVONS LAGRASSE is hosting our workshop and handling the reservation and payment procedure. When you click on the BOOK HERE button you will be taken to an external site. Payment is by card and completely secure. When completing your payment below you will be able to save and/or print off a copy of your receipt.

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If you have any other questions you can email me, Beverly. If not, we look forward to receiving your reservation and seeing you in April!