August basket class

Katherine demonstrating a basket handle wrap.

Katherine demonstrating a basket handle wrap.

Katherine  had a willow basketry class at Dunbar Gardens this past weekend. We had nine people in the class with a range of experience and age. There were total beginners, people who had made some willow baskets, a couple of handweavers, and two who had taken a previous class with Katherine but using a different technique. There was a neighbor from down the block and someone from Sebastopol, CA. Rounding out the mix were Katherine’s friends and fellow willow basket makers Alex Keggan and Debbie McLelland who came by for awhile to give the weavers some assistance when needed. The class participants had the choice of a round gathering basket or an oval garden basket depending on their experience, or not perhaps!  Usually I try to get a group photo at the end of class, but somehow we didn’t get around to it. Finish times and departures varied abit at the end. So instead I put together this short slide show (hoping that nobody involved will object!). You can click on the image for a larger view of the photos.

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August newsletter

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News from Dunbar Gardens August 2009

Willow Basketry Classes & Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Garden GA-GA Skagit:  Friday, August 21, 4-9pm at Juntunen Farm and Gardens, 18091 Burkland Road, Mount Vernon. This new event is a joint effort between Skagit Artists Together, Museum of Northwest Art, Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Hospital Guild of Skagit County, and Economic Development Association of Skagit County. It will be a garden party with artists in action, live music, wine and beer garden, food, and tours of the beautiful Juntunen gardens with proceeds to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. Katherine will be demonstrating willow basketry and selling her work as part of this celebration. Tickets must be purchased before August 14. Contact Debi at EDASC 360-336-6114 or see the web link. Update: Tickets will be available at the door for this event.

Fall Collection 2009, Dewey Beach Artists at The Depot Arts Center:  September 4 through 26, 611 R Ave., Anacortes, WA. Katherine has been invited to be a guest artist with the Dewey Beach artists group at their annual show at The Depot Arts Center. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday; check their website for the list of other artists, hours, and map. The opening will be part of the Anacortes First Friday Art Walk, September 4, 6-9pm.

Festival of Family Farms at Gordon Skagit Farms: October 3 & 4, 15598 McLean Rd., Mount Vernon (just around the corner from Dunbar Gardens). Katherine will be demonstrating willow basketmaking and selling baskets at the Gordon’s Autumn Harvest Farmstand as part of the annual Skagit Valley farm tour.

PAINT ME A RIVER! Art meets History: Skagit County Historical Museum, exhibit opening, October 10, 4-7pm. Exhibit runs Oct. 10-Jan. 3, 2010. 501 South 4th Street, La Conner, WA. The museum asked local artists to submit pieces that reflected their personal interpretation of some facet of local history. This exhibit with over 75 original works rendered in paint, glass, bronze, neon, photography, basketry, and multi-media, reveal a wide variety of interesting, amusing and surprising responses that Skagit history can inspire.

Other News

Basketry of the Pacific Northwest:  July 28 – August 29, The Lab, Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 NW Davis St., Portland, Oregon. Katherine has two baskets in a juried show featuring Northwest basket makers, traditional and contemporary.

Willow Basketmaking Classes with Katherine Lewis

Classes are two days; from 9am to 5pm. Class size is limited to 10. Cost is $165 per student which includes materials. There is a registration form on the website. Or you can send us your contact info (name, address, email, telephone) along with a $35 deposit per class session. See the website for more details.

There are still a couple of spaces available in each of these classes.

August 15 & 16: Round gathering basket or Oval garden basket

The gathering basket is a great beginning willow basketmaking class. We’ll make a round picking basket of locally grown and English willows. We start with a round base made by twining, a sturdy base wale around the sides, English randing for the side weave, and a strong handle to complete the base. Students who have made this basket before can learn a new weave, make it with a tall handle for a hanging flower basket, or make a taller version with an inset handle to use as a waste basket.

The garden basket is an oval project for those with more experience. The base uses twining and chase weaves. The sides of the basket include a sturdy 4 rod base wale with step up to three rod wale. It has a side weave of French randing and a sturdy handle wrapped with slender willows. Class at Dunbar Gardens.

October 10 & 11: Gathering basket (beginners) or Round laundry basket (intermediate)

Depending on each student’s experience, you can make a round picking or laundry basket of locally grown and English willows. We’ll make a round base using twining, stake up the sides and begin the weave with a sturdy base wale. Students may choose between different side weave options. The laundry basket is larger than the gathering basket, taking more hand strength and more time to weave the sides. Both baskets have the same 5 rod border. The gathering basket is then completed with a cross handle for carrying; the laundry basket will be completed with two roped side handles.

Additional upcoming class dates in Mount Vernon: December 5 & 6: Bread & berry baskets

September 16-20, 2009: Tidal Twinings, the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild Annual Fall Retreat

Katherine will be teaching two classes at this event on the Oregon coast. Please see their website for the brochure and registration. There were still a couple of spaces available in the zig zag oval shopper class. The deadline to sign up for Katherine’s class would be Sept. 1. Please contact the CBBG.

Farmstand: We are open Friday, Saturday, Sunday; 10-6 with fresh garden produce. Baskets are available everyday, but contact us in advance if you are coming from a distance. Katherine makes baskets to order; check out the willow basket gallery on our website for a look at the possibilities.

Photos: We post photos of recent baskets and the farm at flickr.com/photos/dunbargardens.

For more information about classes, baskets, willow growing, or our farmstand please visit our website.

Katherine & Steve

www.dunbargardens.com

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July newsletter

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We just sent out our July News from Dunbar Gardens. Every couple of months or so, we mail out a listing of events and classes. Most of the information is available on Dunbargardens.com, but the newsletter provides a concise format. If you would like to join our list, simply send an email to news-subscribe@dunbargardens.com. You will receive an automated email asking you to verify your subscription. Here is the main part of the recent mailing:

Upcoming Events

Skagit Artists Together Studio Tour:  July 18 & 19, 10am – 6pm. 6th annual juried studio tour with 28 selected artists opening their studios and workshops for a weekend to visitors. At Dunbar Gardens you can see Katherine’s baskets, a demonstration of willow basketry, our willow fields, and our market garden. Bring some friends and make a day of it; maps are on line or available at each location.

Celebrate Skagit Art at the La Conner Seaside Gallery: July 17 – 26, 112 Morris Street in La Conner. Katherine will be at the opening artist reception Saturday, July 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Annual art show sponsored by Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland and held in conjunction with the SAT tour. Check out Katherine’s piece at the show; probably the only value-added farm product entered!

Garden GA-GA Skagit:  Friday, August 21, 4-9pm at Juntunen Farm and Gardens, 18091 Burkland Road, Mount Vernon. Katherine was just invited to this joint effort between Skagit Artists Together, Museum of Northwest Art, Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Hospital Guild of Skagit County, and EDASC. This event is a garden party with artists in action, live music, wine and beer garden, food, and tours of the beautiful Juntunen gardens with proceeds to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. Katherine will be demonstrating willow basketry and selling her work as part of this celebration. Tickets must be purchased before August 14. Contact Debi at EDASC 360-336-6114 or see the web link.

Fall Collection 2009, Dewey Beach Artists at The Depot Arts Center:  September 4 through 26, 611 R Ave., Anacortes, WA. Katherine has been invited to be a guest artist with the Dewey Beach artists group at their annual show at The Depot Arts Center. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday; check their website for the list of artists, hours, and map.

Willow Basketmaking Classes with Katherine Lewis

There are still spaces available in all of the class dates. Classes are two days; from 9am to 5pm. Class size is limited to 10. Cost is $165 per student which includes materials. There is a registration form on the website. Or you can send us your contact info (name, address, email, telephone) along with a $35 deposit per class session. See the website for more details.

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May basket class

May 2-3 willow basketry class

May 2-3 willow basketry class

This past weekend Katherine hosted one of her willow basketry classes. 9 out of 10 students had already taken at least one of Katherine’s classes. As Katherine said everyone could twine, everyone could wale, and several are on the verge of really getting the border. Good thing because the projects were a choice between an oval laundry basket or a garden basket. Both start with a similar oval base using twining and chase weaves. The sides of the basket include a sturdy 4 rod base wale with step up to 3 rod wale. The side weave is French randing. The laundry basket is taller and straighter and finished with inset handles while the garden basket flares out more and has a wrapped handle. You can see by the photo that some nice willow baskets were woven and they’re still smiling!

You can see the listing of future willow basketmaking classes on our website.

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