Basketry

Our wonderful world of baskets awaits—from traditional to contemporary weaving methods and materials, to the making of fabulous gourd art. You’ll end the week deeply satisfied, with an heirloom, or two, or three.

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Rock Room

Natural light pours into the spacious Rock Room, the main studio for our Basket, Broom and Chair Seat classes. With lots of open space to spread out, a stove for cooking dyes, and a big work sink, this a great space that neighbors our Woodworking studio. The name Rock Room comes from its rock-covered exterior walls that fit right in with its natural surrounding.

News & Stories: What's Happening in Basketry

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Welcome to Our New Website

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Cannon County Basket Tradition with Sue Williams

Sue Williams is recognized for the preservation of the Cannon County white oak basket making tradition, one of the most renowned basket making traditions in the United States. Sue’s commitment to education, advocacy, and teaching the tradition has secured a future for the this style beyond the original basket making families of Cannon County, Tennessee. We are delighted to have Sue teach the Cannon County white oak basket style regularly at the Folk School.

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Paper Thread Sculptural Basketry with Aimee Lee

If you are interested in basketry, paper art, or weaving, and want to learn new techniques, materials, and form, don’t miss our upcoming class with Aimee Lee, Paper Thread through Asia, scheduled for June 9–15, 2019. You will discover ancient techniques of transforming paper into thread, cord, small weavings, and sculptural basketry. Based on Korean and Japanese traditions of jiseung (paper basketry) and shifu (paper cloth), you will learn to spin one-ply thread and twist two-ply cord in completely different ways.

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The Folk School on WREK Radio Atlanta

Did you get a chance to listen to the interview about the Folk School with Pattie Bagley, Mark Hendry and Jack Smoot on The Avenue Lounge Show on WREK Radio 91.1 FM, Atlanta, GA? If you missed the live show modern technology has preserved the interview for all to enjoy, at any time, here on Soundcloud. Learn about some Folk School history and also about Pattie, Mark, and Jack’s personal stories and experiences.

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Basket Making is Good for Your Health: Leah Dolgoy Interviews Jan Stansell

When I found out Pattie Bagley (Resident Artist for Baskets, Brooms, and Chair Seats/local mischief maker) was teaching an introductory rib baskets class, I knew I wanted a spot in the class. Right before coming down to the Folk School to begin my term as a second-time host, I completed my masters degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) – a rehabilitation profession that focuses on working with people to regain function and get back to meaningful occupation (self-care, leisure and work) after illness, injury or disability. Traditionally OTs have used crafts such as basket-weaving as a way to work on rehabilitation-related goals. There is also a strong connection between OT and the Folk School. Murray Martin, who was integral to the growth and success of the Brasstown carvers, was trained as an occupational therapist.  For all these reasons, I knew it would be a special week for me. What I didn’t know was that Jan Stansell, an expert basket-maker, long-time Folk School instructor, and recent stroke survivor, would be one of my classmates. 

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Resident Artist in Basketry, Brooms, Chair Seats, Gourds, Leather

Rebecca Juliette-Duex

On a quest to make custom fabric for an imagined chair design, Rebecca enrolled in the Fiber program at Haywood Community College to study weaving. She discovered that she wanted to create the textile and build the chair, so she continued her studies in the Wood program at HCC. She realized her dream and continued combining textiles and wood in several other pieces that have been exhibited regionally (The Bascom) and nationally (The Wharton Escherick Museum). Her love of all things fiber led to a seat weaving internship with Silver River Chairs that also introduced her to basketry and broom making. All of these craft forms have found a home in her multi-disciplinary practice. She is happy to be surrounded by aspiring and seasoned craftspeople.

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Weaving, Rugs, Needlework & Thread Art, Lace, Beading, Quilting, Sewing, Basketry, Brooms, Chair Seats, Gourds, Leather Coordinator

Allie Dudley

Allie is a textile artist working primarily in weaving and stitching. After completing a degree in Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Chicago, they turned towards textiles, taking a historical angle, and focusing on traditional tapestries, Appalachian coverlets, and antique stitching samplers. Allie’s weavings have been included in international shows, including the Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award Finalist Exhibition at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, and they are a member of the South Arts 2021 Emerging Traditional Artists Program cohort. Allie now lives in Brasstown with their goats.

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