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the Woman's Building
1727 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90012

December 3, 1986

CONTACT: Suzanne Robertson


Basketmaking with natural fibers is a unique experience designed to open up the imagination through the manipulation of materials growing all around the Southern California area. The Woman's Building will present a workshop in this art form on January 17 & 24, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 1727 North Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. The fee is $40. Call for materials information.

Participants will construct a traditional form and be encouraged to pursue experimental abstract shapes. On the first day, a rustic Appalachan melon-shaped basket will be produced, on the second day, pine needle basketry will be introduced. These workshops are designed for both beginner and advanced basketmakers. Early enrollment is essential, since many of the fibers need pre-soaking and three weeks of drying time.

The workshops will be taught by Rosalie Friis-Ross, a fiber artist with expertise in all aspects of basketmaking. She has exhibited at the Design Center of Los Angeles, U.C.L.A's Wight Gallery and the National Invitational Basketry Exhibition. Currently, she teaches through the U.C.L.A. Artsreach Program on a California Arts Council Grant.

The Woman's Building is a public center dedicated to the presentation of women's creative accomplishments. Founded in 1973, it is the oldest feminist cultural institution in the world. For further information, please call 213/221-6161.

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