Foraged Fibre Basketry

SJAC is pleased to offer a one-day foraged fibre basketry workshop by plant fibre artist, Ralph Simpson. Locally collected plant fibres will be introduced, including daylily, iris blades and some grasses. Each participant will complete a unique, small basket by the end of the workshop.

In this workshop, participants will learn about:

  • Foraging for plant fibre; 
  • Processing and storage techniques; and, 
  • Preparing the fibres for weaving. 

Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate 


COVID-19 POLICY NOTE: As of publication of this workshop description, our region is at Yellow Level. Updates will be enacted if required. As a public building, SJAC must follow the Government of New Brunswick’s Public Health guidelines on the coronavirus. In the unfortunate event that the local Saint John Zone must ‘move back’ to stricter social distancing policies and classes must be cancelled, participants will be refunded for the remaining classes.

Please note that community face masks are required during the class.


Saturday, August 21, 2021 • 9am-4pm, one hour break for lunch from 12-1pm • Cost: $85 (basic materials included, see below for supplies to bring from home) • UPDATE: FULL!

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Supplies to bring:

Participants are asked to bring the following:

  • Pruning clippers or kitchen scissors
  • Weavable fibres, including ribbon, yarn, plant fibres from their garden, for example.

About the Instructor:

Canadian plant fibre artist Ralph Simpson has developed an innovative method of weaving, bending and sculpting wood and plant fibre to create three dimensional pieces. His gracefully formed work blends bold colour and innovative material with 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 he employs principles that respect environmental sustainability.

Ralph was born and raised in New Brunswick with a love of the natural world around him. He studied biology at Dalhousie (BSc ‘77) and forest mycology at UNB (MSc. ‘89). He was employed at the Canadian Forestry Service for 35 years as a Forest Research Biologist and after retirement he attended the New Brunswick Craft and Design College where he studied Aboriginal Visual Art, graduating in 2017.

www.woodfibreartist.com  / Instagram @ralphasimpson