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When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Stella Harding
  • Course Code W21TTSB01B

What you will learn

This course offers a creative, experimental approach to contemporary basketry through the exploration of different weaving techniques such as coiling, check-weave, twining and random weave, in order to create unique functional containers or sculptural forms. A variety of organic, processed and recycled materials (not including willow) will be available, enabling students to design with colour, pattern, texture and surface decoration. The tutor will provide inspirational imagery, books and samples of creative, contemporary basketry to stimulate openness to new ideas. Beginners are welcome, no previous experience is necessary, however those who are experienced, are encouraged to develop skill and creative expression further.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Select, prepare and handle materials appropriately
  • Start, shape and finish different forms
  • Apply colour, pattern, texture and surface decoration as appropriate


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Group demonstrations, class discussion and one to one support are all part of this inclusive course.

    Entry requirements

    This course is suitable for beginners and improvers. No previous basketry experience necessary

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Basketry generally, and some techniques and materials in particular, requires a level of manual dexterity and physical stamina. The textile studio is on the first floor and there is a disabled access lift and stairlift. If you have mobility issues please contact the department on 0207 450 1934

    What you need

    A large bag to take home work in progress. A note book and pen or phone/camera to record progress. An apron or similar to protect clothing. Please wear suitable work clothing and footwear (no trailing scarves or dangling jewellery or open toe sandals).

    What you can do next

    You can enrol on further courses to develop your skills or try different techniques and materials.