2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Basket Weaving Workshop with Cherry Chung

21st February 2024

Learn how to make a Willow Bark Basket with Cherry Chung. 



Join us for a Willow Bark Basket Weaving Workshop with the experienced weaver and basket maker, Cherry Chung. In this introductory session, you will learn how to create your own basket using various barks and weaves. 

Cherry has been practising the critically endangered craft for over two decades and is a master craftsperson and scholar of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust. With the support of QEST, Cherry studied with expert weaver Ane Lyngsgaard at Pileriet, a training centre for basketry, weaving and design in Denmark and has been featured on TV shows such as Salvage Hunters.

During this workshop, you will learn the basics of weaving, and create a beautiful handmade basket. You will also receive guidance on how to collect, prepare, and store materials for weaving. 



Workshop Information:

  • These workshops are open to ages 18 and over.
  • Limited availability with 8 places.
  • This workshop will last approximately 7 hours including a lunch break (Please bring a packed lunch or choose from the many food options in Blackburn Town Centre).
  • Light refreshments will be provided, please let us know in advance of the workshop if you have any food allergies.
  • This workshop will take place on the ground floor of Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery. There is ramp access to the building.
  • All materials will be provided.


Photographs will be taken during the workshop and may be shared online, in print material and to promote the National Festival of Making and/Cherry Chung’s work in the future. Please let us know before or at the session if you would not like to be included in any photography.




Ticket Prices:

We have two ticket prices for this workshop – whichever you choose will give you the same workshop experience.


General Tickets – £40

Lower Cost Tickets – £10


Both ticket prices have been subsidised by our funding to allow more people to take part in making activities, however, one has been more subsidised than the other. The ‘Lower Cost’ ticket option is for those who don’t feel able to pay £40 for the experience. The £10 ticket does not require any proof of status. It is self administered on a trust basis. We hope those who can will pay the standard workshop ticket price; and the affordable options will be accessed by those who need them.


If you’ve purchased a ticket but find yourself unable to attend the workshop, please ensure that you submit a refund request at least 72 hours before the event. This allows us to make the ticket available to others. Failure to request a refund before the 72-hour deadline will result in the inability to receive any reimbursement.


If you have any questions about ticket prices, please contact emma@decopublique.co.uk




Workshop Times:

The workshop will take place on Saturday 23rd March, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM including a lunch break. Please bring a packed lunch or choose from the many food options in Blackburn Town Centre.


About Cherry Chung:

Cherry Chung is a Manchester based basket maker and willow artist. She first learned how to make baskets in 1996 on a short course, and now mainly uses native materials such as willow, bark and rushes to make basketry, living installations and sculpture. 

Cherry has provided her services across the Northwest region and beyond. She has completed commissions and projects for various groups, including public institutions, arts organisations, festivals, public spaces and has taught widely in schools and various educational settings.



2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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