Learn methods for building unique, sculptural forms from reed, wire, and waxed linen. Experiment with techniques such as twining, starting various basket bottoms, and twining backward to create curves. Modify the surfaces of your sculptural baskets using thin-set mortar, powdered graphite, spray paints, and watered-down acrylic paints. Bring your curious and experimental self and leave with a foundation of sculptural basketry skills. All levels welcome.
Sarita Westrup is a sculptural basket weaver of mixed Mexican descent based in Dallas, TX. Rooted in weaving techniques and bricolage, her sculptural basketry works are inspired by her upbringing in the Rio Grande Valley on the Texas-Mexico border. Westrup received her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas (UNT) in 2016. Her work has been shown at venues such as the Greater Denton Arts Council, Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina, and was featured in the Nasher Windows series at the Nasher Sculpture Center. She was the first artist in residence at Arts Fort Worth’s Emerging Artist program and was accepted into the American Craft Council Emerging Artists Cohort and received a $10,000 accelerator grant in 2022.
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