These charming mini-catalan baskets are ideal presents for your young kids or grandchildren – so they can harvest fruit and veg from the garden or even help mum and dad with the shopping!
Mini baskets include versions similar to the traditional Catalan mushrooming basket, the double “potato peeling” (pelapatas) basket. But Lluis will also be displaying a full-size bres basket, beloved of collectors but also still made to commission as a traditional basketry cradle. And unlike other models of cradle, the bres can also be used for storing toys and other things later on.
You can visit Lluis Grau at his stand at the Fira del Cistell en Salt, Gerona, on Saturday 6 y Sunday 7 October 2012. Girona, the city which has grown to absorb the town of Salt, has great transport links with its international airport and a visit to the fair can make the central point of a fun weekend break away, with typical catalan music, dancing, a display of the scary “human towers” or “castells” and other attractions. But be warned – there is always a tempting array of baskets on exhbition so bring a large bag with you!
Lluis´ new basketry book – Lluis also hopes to be able to have copies of his new book available for sale at the fair. The book, co-authored by Anna Champeney and published by the Basketmakers´ Association with financial assistance from the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers, is about the very attractive wooden basketry tradition of Los Ancares in Galicia, north Spain. Another treat for basket lovers, this book includes a practical section on how to make these wonderfully elegant split wood baskets.
- Where: The old quarter of Salt, Girona
- When: Primer fin de semana de octubre – 6 y 7 de octubre 2012.
- Products: Baskets from Spain and internationally
- Featured basketmaker: Lluis Grau
- Web: www.lluisgrau.com
- Contact: T.669 600 620.
Next basketry course with Lluis Grau at his workshop in rural northwest Spain (nearest train station: Monforte de Lemos)
3 & 4 November – Beginners´ basketry in willow
More information – contact Lluis via email