5 September 2020, 3-5pm BST, Micro Basketry, Virtual Workshop with Rita Soto (Chile)
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5 September, 3-5pm BST (British Summer Time, London, UK)
Virtual Workshop, hosted on Zoom, by Rita Soto
Rita Soto is a Chilean jewellery artist who learnt her craft of jewellery from her father. In 2012 she formed the LAJOIA Jewellery School in Santiago de Chile. Between 2014-2018, she held the position of President of JOYABRAVA, the Association of Contemporary Chilean Jewellers.
She has exhibited her work at jewellery fairs, competitions and meetings in Europe and America and in 2018 was a LOEWE Craft Prize Finalist. She has taken courses in the micro-basket technique in Chile, Argentina and Spain and has succeeded in reviving this traditional technique of basketry with horsehair in Chile; investigating, experimenting and generating pieces that stand out for their innovation and sensitivity.
Outline of the workshop
This workshop will explore the technical and theoretical knowledge around the basketry technique with horsehair and vegetable fibre, a traditional craft technique created in the Rari community in southern Chile. The technique is practiced mainly by women and passed from generation to generation, where the artisans develop their figurative world in the pieces they weave, being very attractive due to the use of colours, shapes and, above all, their materiality.
The workshop includes learning the materials and tools. This technique has been incorporated into jewellery thanks to its format, delicacy and construction possibilities.
In this 2 hours workshop we can develop a flat piece (disk), learning to generate the structure: weft and warp, closure and terminations.
This technique is worked with horsehair and tampico vegetable fibre, but we can use alternative materials for its construction that are feasible to acquire by workshop attendees.
Materials list (not provided)
Fishing line, 0.3 mm and 0.4 mm thick in different colours
Flexible metal wire, 0.25 or 0.3mm thick (optional)
Small scissors or cutting pliers
Remember your sewing glasses/magnifier (optional)
Paper and pencil
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