Withy Arts’ new project, Catching the Memories and Passing on the Skills, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, has just started. One of the aims of this year long project is to teach participants the skills of basket making which were so important to Great Yarmouth’s past. The fishing industry used baskets in great quantities until plastic took over and for this reason, Great Yarmouth was a place of skilled craftsmanship.
For the first few weeks participants have been learning the basics of weaving in both willow and cane and in the process, made some beautiful objects, pictured below.
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.
Our new project focuses on basket making with two groups in East Dereham, Norfolk, UK. We are making zarzo baskets, decorative baskets from Cataluna in Spain. We are also making a connection with the nationally important basket collection at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse museum We will be visiting to see the collection with the groups at the end of the project.
Week one is about learning the weaving technique by making tension plates.
Ros and Yvonne
Ros, Yvonne and Catherine
Helena and Galina
Caroline gives her tension plate its first outing as a useful object – a cup holder!