• See the latest work by Lise Bech, Ewan Balfour, Carlos Fontales, Lois Walpole, Mary Butcher, Barbara Ridland and Joe Hogan at the Barony Centre, West Kilbride until 23 November 2014.

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     CALL FOR ENTRIES  SBC OPEN EXHIBITION  ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED!
    The exhibition is called 'We are all basketmakers – new work from the Scottish Basketmakers Circle' and will be at The Barony in West Kilbride from 14th March to 16th May 2015.
    The Barony, part of Craft Town Scotland  is an exciting venue with high ceilings and lots of daylight see http://www.crafttownscotland.org/the-barony-centre/ for further information. We are looking to have an exhibition which expresses and celebrates the rich variety of work made by the members of the Scottish Basketmakers Circle.
    Conditions for entry are that you need to be a member of the SBC from March 2014 and all work submitted should be new and not have been exhibited before, there is no specific theme. We are keen to encourage collaborations and site specific installations. Makers at all levels are invited to submit up to three pieces, there is no size limit. Please email up to 6 images with brief information about size and materials and / or, if you plan an installation, drawings with details of materials, fixings and scale to Maggie Broadley  maggie@crafttownscotland.org by Saturday 31st January 2015.
    The selection panel will include two craft curators, an SBC representative and Maggie Broadley, director of Craft Town Scotland. Selection will be made from photographic submissions. All selected work needs to arrive at The Barony by Tuesday 10th March 2015 along with the completed application form and in packaging which can be reused to post the work back to you at the end.
    As part of the exhibition we are interested in your responses to the following three questions: ' How did you start making baskets?', 'Why do you make baskets?' and 'What are you aspiring to?' We are also hoping to have a series of workshops accessible to all throughout the length of the exhibition. We are most keen to have this exhibition as inclusive as possible.
    If you are interested or need to know more please email Maggie Broadley on maggie@crafttownscotland.org for the application form or any queries.

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  • Come and see what the SBC is all about...this is an open day for members and non members. This year we will be meeting on Saturday 25 October 2014 at the Barony Centre, West Kilbride. The AGM will be in the morning and in the afternoon there will be small group discussions and advice on various topics such as 'Pricing work' with Dawn Susan, 'How to approach a gallery and do a press release' with Laura Hamilton, 'Using Social Media' with Angela Price, and 'Photographing your work' with Caroline Dear. There will also be a tour of the exhibition there with some of the exhibitors.

    Then we have two acclaimed tutors teaching courses on the Sunday and Monday. Mary Butcher is teaching a course on fine square work and Joe Hogan will be teaching Irish Skibs. Both courses are already full.

     

  • October 18-20 - Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, Angus

    The venue was Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, Angus. Tutors were Lois Walpole with her colourful take on contemporary basket making, Geoff Forrest teaching the traditional skills of willow square work, and Owen Jones revealing the secrets of turning an oak tree into a Cumbrian oak swill.

  • Demonstration of Garden Structures in Drumclog, Strathaven ML10 6QG

    June 22nd 2013

    Come along and see how to make a plant support for use and ornament in your garden. This is one of several events being held on the same day throughout Scotland to celebrate the 25th birthday of the Scottish Basketmaker's Circle.  

    We are lucky to have Geoff Forrest here, to demonstrate how to make a willow plant support. At 11am he will be talking about willow work, and at 2pm, he will demonstrate how to make a woven support. He has a wealth of experience, undertaking commissions and teaching all over Scotland and the north of England. He will have examples of his work and be ready to answer all your questions about willow growing, and weaving.
    www.willowcraftdessigns.co.uk

    See the other events planned for the day below.

    All welcome, especially children, and tea/coffee/soft drinks and soup will be available. Donations appreciated. Plants for sale.

    Contact: ghabrown@aol.com or catch up on the latest on Facebook.

    Herring Girl Baskets + Hebridean Creels
    Dawn Susan and Bernera Historical Society are planning a joint event on 22 June 2-4pm at the Bernera Community Centre Cafe, Breacleit, Isle of Great Bernera, Outer Hebrides. Dawn will be demonstrating a herring girl basket and will be bringing examples of hebridean creels. Everyone is invited to come and participate; to share tales of using baskets and of basketmakers in their communities. Contact Dawn Susan 01851 612409, dawn@hebrideanbaskets.co.uk

    Weave on Portobello Beach
    Anna Coldham - Watch and join in with the creation of a marooned boat, washed up on Portobello's sands ready to catch what comes in on the following tides...
    Saturday 22 June, 2.30pm onwards (till 6 or so- when it is finished!)
    Contact Anna Liebmann Coldham. 8/2 Marlborough Street, Portobello, Edinburgh 
    annatalamh@googlemail.com, 0131 2619259 / 07728388029 
    Feel free to just wander along, we'll be somewhere between the Beach House Cafe and the Portobello Swimming Pool.

    walk, gather, make
    Caroline Dear – walk, gather, make – walk along the shore, share tales of plant uses, gather found materials and make a basket or series of baskets; we'll see what the day brings. Location - North Skye contact - caroline atcaroline@carolinedear.co.uk

    Demonstration at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival
    Tim Palmer will be demonstrating at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival from 22-23 June. Come and see fishing baskets on the Reaper, the Zulu from the Anstruther Fishing Museum, and talk about your memories of them, and other baskets, with the crew and with Tim. http://timpalmerbasketmaker.co.uk

    Join Julie Gurr at the Brodick Castle Ranger Centre on 22 June
    For further details, contact Julie on juliebaskets@gmail.com

    Monique Verboets will be at Achmore 
    Contact her at monique@willowweaving.com

    Basketmakers in Moray are meeting at Pluscarden 
    Contact Marion Campbell at marion@thebinns.co.uk

    East Lothian Basketmakers 
    will be at the Gifford Open Garden on the 23 June

    Coigach-Assynt Living Landscape: 
    Make a Willow Fish for Encircle Scotland Day
    Make a willow fish and see how a small round basket is made to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Scottish Basketmakers Circle
    Saturday 22 June, 2-4pm in Coigach Community Hall Lounge, Achiltibuie
    Any queries please contact Romany at rgarnett@coigach-assynt.org or phone 01571 844172
    Tea/coffee & biscuits available. Free.

    Willow structures course at Palacerigg Country Park
    Saturday 22 June, 9.30am - 4.30pm

    As part of nationwide event ‘Encircle Scotland’, we are offering a course in making 3D structures for your garden using traditional willow weaving skills. The skills you’ll learn on this course will enable you to explore the techniques and create your own unique willow wonders. Once you’ve learnt the basic techniques and shapes, the only limit is your imagination!
    Cost: £40. Please book in advance. Limited places.
    Venue: Palacerigg Country Park, Cumbernauld
    Contact: Visitor Centre 01236 720047

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