‘People are keen to get back to basics and learn skills’

ARTY Ami Lowman from the Making Space gallery
ARTY Ami Lowman from the Making Space gallery

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LOCAL members of the community recently took part in an inspiring hands-on workshop, which involved them using traditional techniques and tools to create stunning weaved mats.

The participants had signed up to do a workshop with Tim Johnson, a basket maker from the Isle of Wight, at the charity craft organisation Making Space.

Tim has travelled the world collecting and making baskets and has spent the last 10 years learning all about this fascinating craft.

Tim works entirely from natural materials like willow, hazel, grasses, rushes and kelp seaweed.

And from baskets, to backpacks, lobster pots, shoes, pots, mats, sculptures and carts, the possibilities for using these kind of materials is endless.

With the recent surge of interest in craft, people are keen to get back to basics and learn traditional skills again.

The eight participants who took part all had a wonderful day and the mats created were beautiful.

Each one individual yet all showcasing the natural beauty of the material.

One participant commented that she enjoyed learning and trying a new craft.

Another mentioned ‘what a good teacher Tim was’ and how she enjoyed learning within the ‘excellent facilities’ that Making Space offers.

Tim is returning to Making Space over the weekend of the 23/24 March to offer another workshop, making a willow frame basket, perfect for the spring days we are all aching for!

The experience is open to anyone and no previous experience is needed, just a desire to get creative.

For more information visit makingspace.org or call (023) 9247 2491.