Polly Pollock Basketry

As well as making my own work I teach basketry.

I taught at the City Lit in Covent Garden, London for over 30 years.

I am a member of The Textile Study Group who are a group of nationally and internationally recognised textile artists and tutors, well known for innovative and challenging approaches to art practice and contemporary teaching. It was first established in 1973,and now includes makers working in a wide range of textile disciplines, including contemporary basketry.   

For many years, the group has delivered an annual residential Summer School. Three selected members of the group offer stimulating courses, which offer opportunities for textile enthusiasts to be tutored by individual members in a supportive and challenging environment. 

This July I will be teaching one of the Textile Study Group's Summer School Courses : "Shape - Form - Basket"  Lines joined up form shapes. Shape and lines intersecting in space create form. Form becomes basket.  

After considering the qualities of lines through drawing and mark-making, you will explore how materials can represent these. Baskets are created by linear materials interweaving. You will experiment with materials, colour, scale, density, surface, stitch… Your work might be materials/technique led, or informed by a more personal theme, like tracing the steps of a familiar walk.

Basketry is a slow and meditative craft, allowing time for contemplation and experimentation; it is rooted in ancient traditions, with enormous potential for experimentation and innovation. You may focus on a single piece, or a small collection of exploratory samples to develop further in your own time.

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I also teach on a freelance basis - please contact me if you’re interested in booking me for any of the courses I offer, or to discuss a bespoke course.