The Woven Communities team got together on Thursday to look at the marram grass, to see how it curled as it dried overnight, to look at a small bunch which was cut in the summer and dried slowly and to look at how it plaits.
We also planned how to undertake the intergenerational sessions and how to record the project with school children. It is an immense responsibility to ensure we call in relevant local knowledge and experts in ecology, conservation, historical societies and designer/makers as well as traditional basket makers to offer something new to everyone and to preserve and celebrate existing knowledge and skills.
Setting diary dates was also a challenge! We have settled on the second week in November for the making sessions in North and South Uist. These sessions will be intergenerational and involve new and traditional trades and skills, contemporary crafters speaking and making with people who have first-hand knowledge of traditional skills, much like our ‘In Conversation’ series.