Harris Arts Summer Workshops start with Dawn Susan

Learn how to make Hebridean creels with Dawn Susan.
Learn how to make Hebridean creels with Dawn Susan.

You can make a Herring Girl basket this summer with Dawn Susan in the first of Harris Arts Summer workshop series, starting next week, on Tuesday, July 2nd, at Leverburgh Village Hall.

These curved baskets are made all over the world in whatever materials people have to hand.

They were used in the fishing industry by the women cleaning and sorting herring at Stornoway Harbour here in the Hebrides and at many of the East coast ports around Scotland and England.

Dawn Susan, a local basket maker working from her croft in Great Bernera makes Hebridean style creels as well as the herring baskets.

Dawn has worked at large Willow Sculptures, collaborating with Patrick Dougherty at the Brahan Estate near Dingwall, on a sculpture based on the Callanish stones and in 2010 with Serena de la Hay on a willow woman sculpture at the Castle Green, Stornoway for the Hebridean Celtic Festival.

Dawn also grows willow and currently has around 56 varieties on her croft.

This workshop is one of a series of workshops over the summer. Future crafts represented will be wet felting with Karen Allen on July 16th; Peg Loom Weaving with Pippa Stevens on July 23rd, and Sewing with Harris Tweed with Ann Godfrey on August 13th, all in the Tarbert Community Centre, and drawing and mixed media with Lena Maclean on Tuesday, August 6th, in Leverburgh Primary School.

For tickets for this workshop and further information on all craft workshops telephone: 01859 520746 or visit the website at www.harrisarts.org or log on to Facebook.