Basket Making Demonstration
Saturday, December 16, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Join craftsman Derek Downing of Designer Baskets by Derek as he demonstrates the art of basket making. His baskets will be available to purchase at the Welcome Center and would make the perfect holiday gift.
Each of Derek’s creations represents a distinctive flair for style and concern for detail. His designs are based on the traditional egg-basket form; however each has about it a contemporary quality. Most are crafted of grapevine, hand-dyed rattan and sea grass, an unusual material for woven baskets, and an aromatic one. The basket handles forged from grapevine allow the tendrils to dictate the basket’s overall shape. The vibrant colors of his baskets are frequently inspired by trends in fashion and home furnishings. Most colors are produced from commercial textile dyes, many of which Derek creates himself. Once completed, each basket is signed and dated by the artist.
Demonstrations take place at the Welcome Center, and participation is included with Admission to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.
Call 859.734.5411 or email [email protected] for more information.