Haystack Crafts School: Strong Materials, Flexible Mind
Strong Materials, Flexible Mind
with Hisako Sekijima
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013
Scholarships available. Scholarship Application Deadline: March 1, 2013 and Regular (Non-Scholarship)
This workshop is for those who want to re-conceive basketmaking in terms of relationship of a maker with materials. It is designed to be very experimental as well as hands-on. Participants will re-evaluate their own techniques and common ideas in a fresh look at the material domain as well as non-material factors such as “negative space” and drawing in the space. Exercises might include remaking a simple basket you are interested in and exploring—from an alternative viewpoint—properties of materials, tools, and sculptural devices that you normally work with. Projects are designed to help you learn again or “un-learn” what you think you know.All levels welcome.
HISAKO SEKIJIMA is a Japanese basketmaker and a visiting professor at Tama Art University in Tokyo. Her teaching method has been influential with self-development not only to basketmakers but also to wide range of craftspeople such as papermakers. Hisako Sekijima has lectured and taught workshops widely and has previously taught at Haystack three times. Her work has been in numerous exhibitions and is in the collections of the Erie Art Museum, Pennsylvania; Long House Reserve, New York; Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art, Japan; and Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth.