Kudzu Basket Weaving-Heart Basket
April 15, 2017 Saturday, 1 Session
1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Instructor: Melissa Winstead Barnett
Class Fee: $35.00 non-members + $10.00 Supply Fee
$31.50 BRMAA Members + $10.00 Supply Fee
This is a great class to create a basket using vines you find out your backdoor in Georgia. What a great present for Mother’s Day! Students will create a heart shaped basket using a heart shaped wreath for the frame work and will continue to complete the basket by weaving the sides and bottom using kudzu. This kudzu basket will have a handle which will add to overall design of the basket. Come have fun and make some new friends! Supply list includes; hand pruners, needle nose pliers, phillips head screwdriver and a pocket knife.
Class is closed
Call (706) 632-2144 for questions regarding this course and registration. Payment is required to register for BRMAA courses. You may pay via PayPal above, over the phone, or visit The Art Center located at 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 to pay in person. The Programming Coordinator is in the office from 10 am - 6pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Melissa began weaving kudzu vine baskets sometime around 1998 when her father purchased a few goats to rid one of the hillsides on the family farm from the dreaded kudzu. Upon realizing that underneath all those kudzu leaves was a workable vine, she began to research basketweaving at the local library. Once beginning the frameworks of the baskets using the vine, the rest is history. She began to re-create such baskets that the early Appalachian people used on their farms, such as key baskets, berry baskets and the uniquely ribbed egg baskets. She ventured out doing arts and crafts festivals entering as a demonstrator at such events as the annual Arts in the Park in Blue Ridge, Marble Festival in Jasper, Moonshine Festival in Dahlonega, Old Timer’s Day during 4th of July in Blue Ridge and the Atlanta Celtic Festival at Oglethorpe University. She had speaking engagements at the Ocoee Whitewater Center for the Copperhill Garden Club and also spoke at the Chattanooga Garden Club sharing the benefits of the kudzu vine. She was asked to become an assistant basket instructor during a summer session at the John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. She was also asked to participate in the Union County Bank Art Exhibit in 1999 and again in other years, at which she displayed baskets and trees woven using the whole and split kudzu vine. She had a shop in downtown McCaysville during 2003/2004 in which she taught people how to weave baskets using kudzu. She has been a basketry instructor for the Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association off and on since 1998. She can even whip up an awesome jelly using the kudzu blossoms which bloom in late summer.