Enriching lives through art and craft

Breathing Baskets

October 23 - 28, 2022

Pat Hickman  ·  pathickman.com

Workshop at a glance

Explore netting textile structures that reserve space for air and push the limits of your imagination.


  • Openwork basketry techniques
  • Netting and knotless netting


  • Plastic-coated telephone wire, copper wire, waxed linen, imitation sinew, hog casing
  • Glue, wax, mod podge, encaustic or other stiffening agent(s)
  • Netting shuttles, needles, push pins
  • Acrylic paint and brushes


  • Ongoing ways of working after the workshop is over
  • Studies and three-dimensional studio projects to take home

Artist Bio

Pat Hickman lives in Haverstraw, New York and her studio is at the Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center. She is professor emerita of art at the University of Hawaii. Hickman twice received NEA grants and is a fellow of the American Craft Council. She serves on the National Basketry Organization Board. Her gate commission, Nets of Makali’i–Nets of the Pleiades, stands at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
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Workshop Description

The focus of this workshop is to encourage students to explore openwork textile structures that include knotted netting and knotless netting. You will learn to reserve space for air and the importance of utilizing what is “not there” to build into studio projects, using a range of materials. Participants will discover how to become comfortable with netting techniques and understand how they can be used to express ideas in sculptural baskets. The goal of the workshop is discovery and to provide ways for students to push their own limits of imagination about what they have to say in their work. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop

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