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WORKSHOP : EMPREITA DE PALMA

 

‘Empreita de palma’ is a traditional Algarvian basket weaving technique, using palm leaves from the Palmeira-anã    (Chamaerops humilis). The leaves are handpicked in the wild and dried for a month. In this 4 hour workshop you’ll get to know everything about this traditional craft, its origin, its history, its technique and material. You’ll learn the different steps from braiding the leaves to sewing them into a little basket and you’ll bring home your very own creation.

 

Sunday 23rd of June 2024

10h00 - 14h00

Vale Pereiro, Aljezur

€45 (includes all. material, water/coffee/tea)

Book your spot here.

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3-DAY BASKET WEAVING IMMERSION

 

During three days our hands will take the lead. Incorporating various ancient basket weaving techniques, they'll slowly shape a series of tiny baskets and samples. We'll learn how to twine, plait, twist and coil with found materials such as locally collected plants and discarded ropes. We'll dive into the process of making - slowly, we''ll give our busy heads a rest and tune in to the peaceful nature surrounding us. Being located in the stunning Costa Vicentina natural park, Soul Farm is the ideal place to retreat for a few days. Nourishing meals will be prepared by dear Danila. 

Whether you're a talented craft passionate or just curious to discover the art of basket weaving, we'll be very happy to welcome you !

When : 19-22nd of September 2024

Location : Soul Farm Algarve

Price : €420

Included : 

4x workshops

3x nights of accommodation in one of

Soul Farm's farm houses

1x welcome dinner

1x apero on the cliffs

3x breakfast and lunch

Optional : yoga/surf classes, extra nights

of accommodation

Places are limited.

Sounds like something for you? You can find all the details through the link in my bio. For booking or questions : hello@atelierbalance.net

EXHIBITION :

 

ENTWINING NATURE

ENTRELAÇAR A NATUREZA

27th of May 2023 until (to be defined)

CERA - Bistrot & Bar

Rua 29 de Agosto, Aljezur

Entwining Nature
HvdV Award

HENRY VAN DE VELDE DESIGN AWARDS 24

 

I'm very happy to announce I won the Silver Award for the Crafts category of the Henry van de Velde Awards 24 ! 

If you're curious to know more about this project or discover the other winners, have a look here.

#HVDV24 MINI-EXPO : TUCUMÃ

My selected Tucumã piece will be exposed at MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp as part of the spring program of the Henry van de Velde Awards 24 organised by Flanders DC.

The mini-expo is free and will be next to the bookshop on the ground floor.

27th of April until 26th of May 2024

MoMu - Fashion Museum Antwerp
Nationalestraat 28
2000 Antwerp

Belgium

more info

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Basket Weaving Immersion

3-DAY BASKET WEAVING IMMERSION

 

During three days we'll dive into ancient crafts, embrace slowness and create a variety of tiny baskets and samples, all this using our hands as main tools. We'll be using found materials - local plants and discarded ropes. You'll learn the basics of 'empreita de palma', coiling and twining techniques, and cordage making. In between the workshops you'll have time to discover the spectacular landscapes of the Costa Vicentina, join yoga or surf classes, or simply take it easy in the peaceful scenery of Soul Farm. 

When : 23-26th of May 2024

Location : Soul Farm Algarve

2-DAY WORKSHOP EMPREITA DE PALMA

TERTÚLIA - Associação Sócio-Cultural de Aljezur

 

For 2 days, Tertúlia offers a chance to connect with nature, discovering local flora and enjoying the time to feel this raw material so characteristic of the regional culture.

A traditional craft of the Algarve, palm plaiting is made from the only native palm tree in Europe - Chamaerops humilis - from which hats, rugs, baskets, brooms, and many other things are made. Ysaline, from Atelier Balancê, is part of a new generation of artisans bringing their creativity to this ancient art. For 2 days, she will share some of her knowledge with participants.

When : Sat. 18 and Sun. 19th of May 2024

10h30 - 12h30 | 13h30 - 17h00

Location : Escola Barranco da Vaca - EN120, Aljezur

Registration mandatory. Places are limited.

For more details and booking :

Tertúlia - Associação Sócio-Cultural de Aljezur

or (+351) 913857406

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Art Afternoon

ART AFTERNOON at Casa Wan on Saturday, May 13th, between 14:00 and 17:00.

"Sculptor and artist-in-residence Lena Marie Emrich @lenamemrich shares an insight into her practice and serves her regional inspired signature drink.

Material use is an important part of her practice. Her projects focus on collaborative ways of working between craft and theory-based development. Here she coproduced with Aljezur resident Ysaline Ophoff @atelier.balance and transformed the technique of basket weaving into a new sculptural form, complementing her series Terrible Tourists.

In addition, visual anthropologist Vera Abreu @veracastroabreu will show her documentary about the local, traditional basket weaver Sr. Antonio."

WORKSHOP : EMPREITA DE PALMA

16th of April 2023

14h00 - 18h00, Aljezur

more info and booking:

Bienal Artes & Oficíos

Parceiro - Dias Abertos

workshops,

Are you interested in doing a workshop? Find out more about the different techniques below and contact me here to talk about the practical details.

empreita
vassourinha

EMPREITA DE PALMA

‘Empreita de palma’ is a traditional Algarvian basket weaving technique, using palm leaves from the Palmeira-anã    (Chamaerops humilis). The leaves are handpicked in the wild and dried for a month. In this 4 hour workshop you’ll get to know everything about this traditional craft, its origin, its history, its technique and material. You’ll learn the different steps from braiding the leaves to sewing them into a little basket and you’ll bring home your very own creation.

Duration : 4 hours

Participants : min. 2 - max. 6

VASSOURINHA

 

Vassourinhas are hand brooms made of palm leaves from the Palmeira-anã (Chamaerops humilis), growing in the south of Portugal. You’ll learn the different steps, from making cordage to building up your own personalized hand broom. Besides creating a beautiful and functional object, you’ll help to keep a piece of traditional portuguese heritage alive.

Duration : 4 hours

Participants : min. 2 - max. 6

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twining

COILING WITH LOCAL PLANTS AND DISCARDED ROPES

In this 3 hour workshop you’ll learn the basics of a coiling technique and you’ll create a small basket/plate/wall hanging. We’ll use found materials: locally handpicked and dried plants, discarded fishing ropes and agricultural ropes.

Duration : 3 hours

Participants : min. 2 - max. 6

TWINING WITH DISCARDED ROPES

In this 3 hour workshop you’ll learn the twining technique. We’ll apply this traditional basket weaving technique on discarded ropes recyled from agriculture, fisheries, electric work, etc. You’ll learn how to start and build up a little basket, different ways to finish it and how to manipulate the shape.

Duration : 3 hours

Participants : min. 2 - max. 6

cordage

CORDAGE WITH LOCAL PLANTS

In this workshop you’ll learn how to turn plant fibers into cordage. During 2 hours we’ll work with various materials, thicknesses and colors, in order to create different samples, to get a good understanding of the technique and to inspire you to use cordage in your daily life and craft projects.

Duration : 2 hours

Participants : min. 2 - max. 6

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