Culture and craft in south Cyprus:  12th to 19th May 2018

Following our tour to the Azores in May 2017, Basketry and Beyond is planning another island adventure – this time in Cyprus.

 

This is a chance to explore the Greek (south) side of the island with us. It will focus on the use of natural materials:  how they have been used in the past, to provide items of basketry, mats and brooms, all essential to a self-sufficient life.  Also, to look at how this making relied on and was connected to the landscape. These crafts are still practiced in some of the less built-up, rural areas and there will be an opportunity for some hands-on making with local craftspeople.

Cyprus, due to its location and geology, has low rainfall and is extremely dry. The natural flora is mainly reed and rush on saltmarsh near to the coast and mountainous scrub and small trees inland with forest in the more mountainous areas. Expect to see basketry associated with agriculture; harvesting, planting, storage and food preparations from crops of olives and grapes, the making of bread, transport by donkeys, seating of rustic chairs and sleeping and eating mats. The island has an ancient and many-layered history with temples, frescoed monastaries, crusader castles and walled cities to be seen.

The tour will include several workshops with experienced local makers in different places, in which you will get the chance to try out the techniques and materials. These are arranged to suit the level of experience and ability of the participants. You may want to watch a demonstration, have a go yourself at preparation of the materials, or complete a project, all are possibilities.

The tour is a two-centre stay and flights should be booked to and from Paphos airport. The first half of the trip will be based in a village in the lovely Akamas region north of Pahphos. Accommodation is in a traditional restored village-house.  It belongs to a centre that promotes walking and nature tours.  The area is known for its fertility, and the one place that we have seen willow growing, as there is permanent water. Walnuts, almonds and fruit trees grow well here.  From this base we will visit local museums and basketmakers. On the transfer day (Wednesday) we will visit the Akrotiri peninsula, the salt marshes, where, in May some of the endemic species of flora will be flowering. The environmental centre there has been built by the British airbase for local people who still use the rushes and reeds.

We transfer to the Cookery School at Paramythas for the last three nights.  We will visit Nicosia, to see the national craft centre and try out weaving a reed sleeping mat on an unusual floor loom. Many other traditional crafts take place here, in workshops open to the public.

Later that day there will be the chance to cross over the border into the Turkish side of the city, on foot, to explore.

Local artist Alexandra Pambouka, from Nicosia, will be our interpreter.

Accommodation and food: Single or twin rooms are provided depending on the venues. Breakfast and, on the days when we are visiting basketmakers to work with them, a simple packed lunches (bread, cheese, fruit etc) will be provided. Kitchen facilities at both venues are available. Some fresh food and a well-stocked store of basic groceries will be provided by us on arrival. The intention is that we will share cooking and the making of easy meals in the evenings and/or visit local tavernas within walking distance to eat out (restaurant food not included). You will be able to supplement the basics with foodstuffs from the local markets and shops if you are keen for other than simple meals.

The cost of the tour is £850. This includes workshop fees, accommodation (single or twin rooms depending on location), transport around the island and transport to and from Paphos airport to connect with specified flights.

Airfares are NOT included and you are responsible for your own flight booking. You need to have travel insurance in place. We will need to see documentation for this.

For more information please contact Geraldine Jones, email; geraldine@basketryandbeyond.org.uk                                     tel. 762055/ mobile 07773124241, also see www.basketryandbeyond.org.uk for images

Booking forms are available now for the Basketry and Beyond trip to Cyprus with Hilary Burns and Geraldine Jones

Itinerary

Saturday 12th May

We will meet the 21.55 flight to Paphos from Stanstead and provide transport from Paphos to Kritou Terra and our accommodation.

 

Sunday 13th May

Settle in, explore the village. Welcome lunch at a local taverna and visit to the coast.

Monday 14th May

Trip to Mesoghi, a village associated with cane basketry. Day spent with local basketmakers learning the techniques.

Tuesday 15th May

Visit to the basket museum at Inea and a chance to try out the method used for traditional coiled work with straw.

Wednesday 16th

Visit to Akrotiri saltmarshes and the Environmental and Cultural centre. Meet local basketmakers who use rush (juncus) and reed (phragmites). Hands-on session with hard rushes.

Transfer to accommodation at Paramytha

Thursday 17th

Exploration day: pottery, hills, archeological site

Friday 18th

Session with traditional sleeping mat makers, visit to Crafts Centre, explore Nicosia

 

Saturday 19th

Transport to Paphos airport to catch flight to Stanstead leaving at 13.45

BOOKING FORM CYPRUS TRIP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PREVIOUS COURSES

‘I just wanted to say again thank you both for organising such a lovely course.
I am thrilled to bits with my finished basket and look forward to meeting you both on
another course in the not too distant future – please keep me on your mailing lists.
It has been an unforgettable few days’.

Pigeon Basket Course

A two-day course to make a small double-tiered pigeon basket, a replica of one held in the Imperial War Museum archive at Duxford, Cambridgeshire. Baskets of this type were used in World War One. This course is suitable for those with some basketry experience.

Date: Friday 22nd/Saturday 23rd September 2017 10am – 5pm

Venue: Willow and Wetland Centre, Stoke St Gregory, Somerset TA3 6HY

Tutors: Jonathan Coate and Hilary Burns

Cost: £160.00 Includes all materials, light lunch and refreshments

Image © IWM (FEQ 813) http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30028471

Camper vans or caravans may be parked in the car park, bathroom facilities available. For other accommodation options please contact nicola@coatesenglishwillow.co.uk

To book please complete the booking form on the Basketry and Beyond website. Booking_Form_Pigeon_Basket

Enquiries to hilary@hilaryburns.com or telephone 01803 553144

On Saturday there will be a display about the work of the Basketry Then and Now World War One project in the museum at Coates English Willow, with a focus on baskets used for the military effort and a short talk. The Basketry Then and Now project is being run from the Everyday Lives in War Centre at Hertfordshire University.

To see the project blog, video and newsletters visit: https://everydaylivesinwar.herts.ac.uk/?page_id=2810



Basketry and Beyond Azores cultural visit to Sao Miguel, Azores, May, 2017

Hilary Burns and Geraldine Jones co-ordinated this visit, drawing on experiences gained when they developed a Land Art Project on Sao Miguel four years ago. They organised transport around the island, alongside the three day basketmaking course with Aida Bairos an Azorean basketmaker.

In the workshop

A stage in making the joeira

Visiting Senor Gilberto’s display in the local market

Volcanic activity at Furnas Lake, stew cooking in the ground

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DEVON MAUND COURSE– WILLOW BASKET

Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th & Friday 7th July 2017

Tutor: Hilary Burns

This course is being run by The Old Kennels. Book here.

Hilary Maund - Bicycle basket

Make a traditional North Devon Maund basket in buff willow with hazel feet approx. 18” long. The word ‘maund’ appears in documents dating from the 1500s and was an agricultural basket usually round or oval with two side handles or finger holes, some were made to an exact specification and used as a measure (bushel baskets). This one, used in the pannier markets of North Devon is different, it begins as an oval that turns into an oblong, with a lid designed to form a shelf when open, on which produce such as butter and eggs would be displayed by farmer’s wiv

This versatile basket involves the making of an underfoot base, handles, feet, latches, square borderwork and a lid. It is suitable for those already familiar with the basics of English basketry techniques, who wish to improve their basket making skills.

£225 (plus materials approximately £20)


BUILD YOUR OWN SHAVE HORSEPeter Lanyon shave horse

Tutor: Peter Lanyon
Date: 1 October 2016
Time: 9.30a.m- 5.00 p.m
Venue: Marazion Church Hall, Cornwall
Price: £115, including all materials and greenwood for practice session

This is an opportunity for basket makers who would like to own their own shave horse. Basketry and Beyond has invited Peter Lanyon to Cornwall to lead a one day course during which you will be able to make your own horse and have a go at using it.

He will be bringing pre-drilled materials and there will be a certain amount of sawing and hand drilling to complete the horse. Once assembled there will be a practical session to experiment with greenwood splitting, shaving and making splints for basketmaking.

Build a Shave Horse

This shave horse is a hybrid, combining the best features of Mike Abbott’s lumber horse with the ingenious folding horse developed by Masashi Kutsuwa. Peter has added a few of his own touches to make this extremely versatile and portable horse. It can be set up and folded away in a matter of seconds, is fully adjustable, suits all leg lengths and tucks comfortably under one arm. It can be hung on the wall, taking virtually no room in your shed or workshop. A very useful and convenient tool.

Tuition will be given on basic woodworking techniques, including measuring, marking out accurately and cutting to a line. If there is time you can carve your seat for added comfort.

 


3 DAY COURSE in FRAME BASKETMAKING

Tutor; Lee Dalby
Venue; Marazion, Cornwall
Dates; 23rd, 24th and 25th April 2016
Accommodation available nearby from around £30 per person per night or willow field camping/camper vans, no hook-up, £5 p.p.
This 3 day course is a Masterclass for makers who already have some experience of weaving with willow and who would like to improve their skills.
Lee’s teaching reflects his consideration that the key to making a satisfactory basket is in understanding the importance of a well-made and well-designed frame, fit for purpose. Once the frame making has been mastered, many variations in size, form and alternative materials are possible.
It is not unusual to spend much of the first day preparing the frame.
The basket will be made with brown willow and will be similar to the Breton gypsy baskets that first attracted Lee to the craft of basketry.

Heather Dawe on one of Lee's courses

Heather Dawe on one of Lee’s courses

 

Heather Dawe attended Lee’s frame basketry course in Scotland and commented….

‘I would say he was an excellent teacher, he makes basket making fun and exciting and the results are superb’

Lee Dalby began his basketmkaing in 1986 as an apprentice to basketmaker John Galloway. IN 1987 a chance meeting with Jean Paul Verombier and the Menouche family in Brittany led to a lifetime dedicated to frame basketry and connected weavings, not only for container basketry but also for site specific experimental architecture and functional sculptural forms within the public landscape, galleries and private spaces. See the website www.leedalby.com for his major works and achievements.

 

Two frame baskets made by Lee's students

Two frame baskets made by Lee’s students

 

 

 

 

 


Basketry and Beyond South West Heritage Course

This was part of Basketry & Beyond’s programme of events supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. These courses aimed to encourage, preserve and pass on the skills of the craft of basketmaking.

Traditional crafts that were practiced in the South West countryside served the needs of agriculture, fishing and related industries and resulted in basketry skills, baskets and products unique to the South West of England.

 


 


Refine your basketmaking skills with Ian Strugnell

Ian Strugnell shopping Basket. Image copyright Ian Strugnell.

 

Ian has been making baskets and growing and preparing his materials (including stripping, buffing and steaming his own willow) for over twenty years and is a member of the Devon Guild where his work can be seen their Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey.

 

This course aimed to improve existing basketry skills for practitioners. The Fowl Crate (bird basket) is a travelling basket that was used for transporting small numbers of poultry. There is an example of this basket at the Museum of English Rural Life, part of their extensive collection of baskets. The basket was commissioned by the British Council from Blackwell’s of Barnstaple for a travelling exhibition of British rural crafts that toured Australia and New Zealand in 1946.
Made of buff willow and oval in shape the basket has two half-covers, one opening, one fixed and handles at each end. Techniques include an underfoot base, slewing and openwork on the sides, scalloming and fitching in the lid. All the different weaves and details make this an interesting basket to learn to construct.


Fowl Crate (bird basket) with Hilary Burns

Fowl Crate

Fowl crate. Images copyright University of Reading – Museum of English Rural Life. MERL 60/44


The Fowl Crate (bird basket) is a traveling basket that was used for transporting small numbers of poultry. There is an example of this basket at the Museum of English Rural Life, part of their extensive collection of baskets. The basket was commissioned by the British Council from Blackwell’s of Barnstaple for a travelling exhibition of British rural crafts that toured Australia and New Zealand in 1946.

Made of buff willow and oval in shape the basket has two half-covers, one opening, one fixed and handles at each end. Techniques include an underfoot base, slewing and openwork on the sides, scalloming and fitching in the lid. All the different weaves and details make this an interesting basket to learn to construct.

Hilary makes both functional baskets and sculptural pieces and studies and uses traditional techniques in her basketmaking. She finds these endlessly intriguing and an inspiration in her work. Hilary is a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and a Yeoman member of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.


Gypsy Hedgerow basket with Geraldine Jones and Hilary Burns

The original basket made by Tom Aldridge

 

Removing bramble thorns

This was a rare opportunity to learn how to make a gypsy hedgerow basket from split bramble stems and cleaved willow. It has a base construction not usually seen in Britain, very similar to baskets made in northern Spain.
Geraldine Jones made her first basket with Tom Aldridge who came from a gypsy family. He travelled around the South West in the early 1900’s and spent the later years of his life living on Rosudgeon Common near Penzance in Cornwall.

This basket was one he made from materials gathered from the local Cornish lanes