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Geelong Fibre Forum will be held on the

1st October to 7th  Oct, 2017,

at Geelong Grammar, Corio.

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Lanny Bergner (US) - The Art & Craft of Metal Mesh Basketry

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Geelong Grammar

50 Biddlecombe Avenue,

Corio VIC 3214




PO Box 2395

Palmerston  NT  0831


Lanny Bergner is an international metal mesh sculptor and fibre/basketry artist. He received his BFA in sculpture from the University of Washington in 1981 and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in 1983. His work is in the collection of the Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Art and Design, NY, NY, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Central Museum of Textile, Łódź, Poland. In 2005 he won a Gold Prize at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, Korea. In 2010 he was one of five American artists to exhibit in the 13th International Triennial of Tapestry in Łódź, Poland.

Lanny has been creating biomorphic and geometric constructions and installations out of metal mesh since 1983. He maintains a studio near Anacortes, WA. USA

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Residential  Shared $1050

(All meals included)

Residential  Single $1150

Non- residential $650

(Includes all lunches, daily “facilities’ charge, access to all talks, extra activities plus morning and afternoon tea)

Students will work with stainless steel mesh to construct various “flame-treated” stainless steel mesh baskets 20-30 cm in size. Students will learn how to design and cut out 2D patterns from the mesh to make 3D baskets. Students will construct their baskets using flat nose linesman pliers for twisting the wire seams together and they will learn to work with colour-coated copper wire to secure and enhance mesh seams and basket rims. They will be taught how to “flame paint” designs and imagery on the mesh using a propane and butane torch. Students should expect to make two to three baskets choosing from a variety of design options.

Skill level required:  All levels welcome

Special skills needed for class:  Students need to have some hand strength to grasp and twist small linesman pliers.