About The Class

Instructor: Pat Hickman

Medium: Basketry

Workshop Title: Breathing Baskets

Explore openwork textile structures—knotted netting and knotless netting. Using minimal tools — a netting shuttle, a mesh stick or gauge, and flexible linear elements — you will learn to make lace-like, permeable nets. Through demos followed by quick studies and studio projects, using a range of materials, you will experiment with reserving space for air, examining the importance of what is "not there." You will become comfortable with two netting techniques, and you will understand how those can be used to express ideas in sculptural baskets. You will push your own limits of imagination and think about what you have to say in your work. Together we will discover, question, and develop ongoing ways of working once the workshop is over. Open to all.

Materials List. Click here for a list of supplies that you will need to bring for this workshop.

About The Instructor

pat hickman

pat hickman

Pat Hickman has 25 years of teaching experience, including her time at the University of Hawaii from 1990-2006. Her studio is now at the Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center in New York. Hickman’s work is in the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, the Oakland Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, MFA Boston, Denver Art Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, and Hawaii State Art Museum. Hickman’s commission Nets of Makali’i–Nets of the Pleiades stands as monumental entrance gates for the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. She has twice received NEA Individual Artist’s Grants. In 2005, she was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council.



  • Application Fee: $50.00

  • Residents: $1,300.00
    (Tuition, Fees, Room & Board, Tuesday dinner through Sunday lunch)

  • Commuters: $1,050.00
    (Tuition, Fees, Lunch and Dinner, Tuesday dinner through Sunday lunch)

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In the end the work itself is about the labor and about holding what cannot be captured: light, color, breath, time.
— Pat Hickman

Pat Hickman

These photos are representative of the instructor’s work, not necessarily of work that will be produced during the workshop.

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