Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
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Putnam Building at Elm Bank 
900 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482

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Allison Dush 
Massachusetts Horticultural Society 

Intro to Coiled Basketry Workshop

Have you ever looked around outside and wondered what you could make with the abundance of natural materials growing in your yard? In this workshop led by Katie Grove you will learn how to take grasses, cattails, daylily leaves, and so many other natural materials and create coiled baskets. Coiling is an ancient and versatile basketry technique used all over the world to create beautiful vessels that can be either decorative or functional.

During the workshop we will discuss how to identify, harvest, and prepare a variety of local materials and then use them to create a unique basket. Cattails, grasses, ornamental foliage, daylily leaves and several other locally harvested plants will be provided for students to make their basket. Everyone’s basket will turn out to be a unique work of art. If you are excited about using found natural materials to create art and learning a fun and unique new skill, then join us! Everyone will leave with a medium sized basket (approx. 8” x 8” x 5”), the skills to create more pieces in the future, and inspiration to explore your local natural landscape. 

About Katie 

  "Going out into the forests and fields, harvesting materials from nature, and sitting down in the sun to weave a basket is my idea of a perfect day! As an artist my passion is create art with all natural materials that I harvest and prepare from the beautiful landscape around my home. As an educator I guide adults and children alike in connecting to their creative self through the combination of art and nature. I have a background in Fibers Art from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and a BFA in Printmaking from SUNY New Paltz and I currently exhibit work regionally in galleries and teach nature and art workshops throughout the Hudson Valley. When I’m not teaching I am either working on my fine art, participating in gallery shows and residencies, or traveling."


Workshop Fee  $110 members; $135 general admission