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Sculptural Basketry

June 26, 2022 - July 8, 2022

Sarita Westrup  ·  tierrafirmeproject.com

Workshop at a glance

Explore sculptural basket weaving techniques such as twining, looping, and netting while using a variety of materials and incorporating cement and paints as a creative surface treatment.


  • Basketry as sculpture
  • Twining, looping, and netting


  • Reed and wire
  • Pliable materials for basket weaving
  • Strings, waxed threads, artificial sinew, cord, and twines


  • Explore many different basketry techniques
  • Experimenting in basketry
  • Create multiple samples and at least one complete project

Artist Bio

Sarita Westrup is the textile studio coordinator at the Penland School of Craft. She received her MFA in fibers from the University of North Texas in 2016. The Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, where she was born and raised, inspire her textile and sculptural works. Westrup is a co-collaborator on the Tierra Firme project that reflects on the bicultural aesthetics of the Texas-Mexico border of the Rio Grande.
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Workshop Description

In this workshop students will learn methods for building nonfunctional forms with reed, wire, and any materials that they bring to class with them. During class you will discover techniques such as twining, looping, and netting while playing with scale. To build textural surfaces on these forms participants will work with thin-set and concrete. Additional treatments such as powdered graphite, spray paints, and watered-down acrylic paints will further modify the surfaces of your sculptural baskets. Students should expect to create multiple samples and leave with at least one or more completed projects. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $1,210  ·  materials list

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