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Sculptural Basketry

October 13 - 18, 2024

Sarita Westrup  ·  website

Workshop Overview

In this experimental basketry workshop, participants will learn methods for building non-functional forms with reed, wire, waxed linen, and anything students bring with them. Students will learn techniques such as twining and explore different methods to start a basket and twine curves. Students will work with thin-set and additional treatments like powdered graphite, spray paints, and watered-down acrylic paints to create textural surfaces for these sculptural baskets. Students can expect to create multiple samples and leave with at least one completed project. All skill levels welcome.


  • Twining
  • Starting different basket bottoms
  • Twining backwards to create curves
  • Surface treatments using powdered graphite, spray paints, and watered-down acrylic paints


  • Reed
  • Wire
  • Waxed linen thread


  • Will create multiple samples
  • At least one finished project



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Sarita Westrup is a craft-based artist and art educator of mixed Mexican descent living in Dallas, TX. Rooted in sculptural basket weaving techniques and bricolage, her work translates her experiences growing up along the Texas-Mexico Border into unusual forms. Sarita received her MFA in Fiber arts from the University of North Texas in 2012. Most recently her work has been shown in “Materials Hards and Soft” at the Greater Denton Arts Council in Denton, TX and in “Staked Out” at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina. In 2022 she was accepted into the American Craft Council’s Emerging Artists Cohort, and currently serves on the board of the National Basketry Organization. Sarita teaches workshops throughout the United States and will serve as a one-year resident at the Penland School of Craft in 2024–2025.

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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

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