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The Art of Willow Basketry

Mentored by Sacred Art of Geometry Studios Docherty
Location address: Forest Row, RH18 5JX
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For ages: 18+ years

Available tickets:
Standard £225
Next date: None - message Mentor to express interest


Learn to make Willow Backpacks and Bike Baskets with Annemarie O'Sullivan. Using beautiful native willow, you will learn to make Willow Backpacks and Bike Baskets. These courses are suitable for those who are new to willow basket making, or those who would like to refresh their basket making skills. For thousands of years, we have made history by reinventing everything eternal in our past. Focusing our attention on how best we can benefit the future of our planet, many people are turning once again to old and true ways of providing the tools we need for our daily lives. Natural products using plant material takes us back to basics. Humans have been using baskets since the dawn of time. Since our hunter gatherer days all humans on earth have required various vessels for eating and drinking and for gathering fruits, seeds and the various reeds and fibres invaluable to their weaving achievements. --------------------------------------------------------- Participants requiring acc...

Sacred Art of Geometry Studios Docherty
Based in East Sussex, Annemarie O'Sullivan makes contemporary baskets using ancient British basket-making techniques. She grows around 20 varieties of willow, which she harvests by hand on a half-acre plot near her home. Working from a wooden studio in her garden, Annemarie creates both small-scale domestic objects and larger woven sculptures. Her baskets have been featured in The New York Times, The Irish Times, House and Garden and Country Living. "When I made a willow basket – that very first evening – I went to bed and was dreaming of the willow, moving in arches and tight turns. It reminded me of how I feel when I swim, which is the same kind of movement. It’s a really lovely fluid feeling, one I experience deep in my body." - Annemarie O’Sullivan Daniel Docherty is co-founder and senior tutor at SAOG Studios, Emerson College and a visiting tutor at The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London. Daniel is particularly interested in how the revered quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy) inform the world’s artistic and cultural traditions. He lives with his family on the glorious Ashdown Forest.

Learning aims

Learn about all of the different natural fibres that can be used in Weaving.

Strengths to develop

Hand skills are acquired by simply doing the same thing over and over again, always concentrating on the tiny details to achieve the outcome you desire. You will develop your hand and eye coordination gradually as you refine your weaving and learn to be as neat with every join as you possibly can, all while keeping an eye on the overall result. You will likely use your whole body in the process, using knees or feet to hold the rods in places.

What's provided





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we'll be

Emerson College, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX

Pricing information

Ticket: Standard £225

Pricing information


My experience is an educational activity and the 14-day cooling-off period under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 therefore applies. After the 14 day period my standard policy will apply.

No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.

Places are secured on receipt of a minimum 50% course fee deposit (refundable in full up to six weeks prior to course commencement {minus admin. fee} - non-refundable thereafter) with remainder payable no later than first day of course. The course fee includes all material expenses unless otherwise stated.


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