Foraged Fibre Basketry with Ralph Simpson

Basket by Ralph Simpson. Photo: Moments by Kassie

Sunday, September 19, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $130 (inc. materials)

Location: In person in the AX workshop room

Age: 14 and up

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. Please contact us at info@axartscentre.ca if you’d like to be added to the waiting list.


Learn the ancient practice of basket weaving with locally-foraged fibres in this basketry workshop hosted by plant fibre artist Ralph Simpson. This workshop is designed for beginners, but has the scope to accommodate the interests of intermediate basket weavers as well. Ralph will introduce participants to locally-collected plant fibres, namely common rush, daylily, iris blades, and some grasses.

Participants will learn about foraging for fibres, processing and storage techniques, and how to prepare fibres for use in weaving. The instructor will provide them with all materials necessary to create a small basket, and they will leave the workshop equipped with the knowledge to continue on their own in this age-old practice.

Participants should bring garden secateurs (small shears) or sturdy kitchen scissors, and a hand towel to work on. We encourage them to also bring any materials that they would like to use to embellish their basket, such as ribbon, yarn, plant fibres from their garden, etc. The instructor will bring a basket of such materials for the participants to use.

About the Artist

Canadian plant fibre artist Ralph Simpson has developed an innovative method of weaving, bending and sculpting wood and plant fibre to create three dimensional work. His gracefully formed works often incorporate bold colour and innovative material with the ephemeral fibres to achieve a perfect balance. He works in his studio in Fredericton, NB and exhibits his work locally, nationally and internationally, attending residencies and facilitating workshops. When foraging plant fibre, Ralph employs principles that respect environmental sustainability.


If you have any questions, or if you need help filling out the online form, please contact us at info@axartscentre.ca or 433-8351.