GATHERING BASKETS • Basket Weaving, June 17 (12-5 pm) Saturday

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Baskets are the oldest craft early humans made more than 20,000 years ago and are considered by anthropologists to mark the real beginning of civilization. They allowed us to collect enough food to bring home to our community safely and to share with others.  These open vessels connect us to the land and also help us nurture our families at home. In this workshop, we will be making one of the most useful forms, called a “melon basket” which can be made in a range of sizes using natural plant fibers. These gathering baskets can be used in your garden, for farmer's market shopping, or decorative storage at home. No experience is needed, just a willing lap to create in.  

MATERIALS • All required materials are included. You are welcome to bring long, flexible branches, grape vines, ivy, or other fiber to weave into your basket if you like. 

TIME • 5 hours


TEACHER • Carol Shaw-Sutton is a sculptor and installation artist specializing in fiber and textile processes. Shaw-Sutton has been exhibiting her work in museums in the United States and internationally since the 1970's including museum exhibitions in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, Japan and Canada, as well as New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Her work is included in major museum, corporate and private collections worldwide such as The Oakland Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, The University of Lausanne, Switzerland, The Charles A. Wutsum Museum of Art, New York, The Mint Museum, North Carolina and Jean Lucrat Center for Tapestry, Switzerland. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two National Endowment of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships, The Young American Award from the American Crafts Council, The United States / Japan Fellowship and The United States / France Fellowship at the La Napoule Foundation. She was also been awarded The Fine Art Award from the International Textile Biennale in Kyoto, Japan. Locally she has been awarded the Public Corporation for the Arts Fellowship from the City of Long Beach, CA and The Outstanding Professor Award from the California State University, Long Beach. Carol Shaw-Sutton has been a Professor of Art at California State University for 23 years and has been the Chairperson of the Fiber Program for 15 of those years. She currently works and lives in Ojai, California.