While the exhibition is on we did a second public workshop at the museum in the marquee alongside the display. This time group members made the square zarzo basket from willow.
Ros and Yvonne making a start.
Galina weaving the ‘swoops’.
Proud basket makers
Wednesday saw the private view of the exhibition at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse where members of both basket-making groups came together with friends, families and Withy Arts project workers and trustees to celebrate their success at the opening of the exhibition.
The baskets look beautiful and have had many appreciative comments from museum staff and visitors already.
Joan’s sister Heather was able to come along to see her lovely work.
The new Withy Arts banners look splendid and gave a special feel to the exhibition.
If you get the chance, the exhibition is open every day until Sunday 29th October 2017. Our thanks to Paul and Miriam at Gressenhall for their help setting up.
We had lots of fun printmaking at the Fun Palace which took place today at Great Yarmouth library.
We had a splendid day stitching with children at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Our sessions were an accompaniment to the Sampled Lives Exhibition. We made samplers ourselves, starting with our names.
Many thanks to Holly, Michelle, Claire, Vas and Francesca for making us feel so welcome and helping the children.
Sadly it was our last session with the Tuesday Group this week Joan, Peter and Lizzie made their round baskets and Diane and Sarah carried on wrapping.
We have said au revoir until October when the exhibition goes up at Gressenhall.
Cecilia took up the ‘speed basketry’ challenge and made a lovely new design in just over an hour!
See you in October!
The Tuesday and Wednesday groups met at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse museum today when we visited to see the basket collection.
We put on our latex gloves and handled the baskets.
This one is probably a fishing basket.
Peter and Rachel having a look at very small bike basket.
Lauren and Megan the museum curators showed us the collection and explained about the baskets. The tools that were used in the past and the same ones we use today.
This lovely case that Liz is holding is made from woven straw.
We had a proper look at a bee skep and tried to work out how it was stitched together.
And then we looked at the photos from the collection of basket makers from the local area.
We even did a bit of al fresco weaving after a lovely lunch at the cafe.
Altogether a really enjoyable day!
Many thanks to Rachel, Lauren and Megan for making us feel so welcome and sharing the collection with us.
The Wednesday group made square zarzo baskets this morning; almost but not quite finishing – that will happen next week during our visit to see the basket collection at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse museum.
Everyone worked like the wind…
There was just about time for a break…But companionable work mostly filled our time…