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Tours & Events

Sweetgrass Artistry May 28

May 28 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Mt. Pleasant native Antwon Ford began learning how to make sweetgrass baskets at the age of four by watching his grandmother make them in her kitchen. He sold his first basket to a family member for $5 and was hooked! With the sand beneath his feet, Ford, along side his grandmother, created and sold many baskets at their family basket stand. His grandmother, Albertha Ford, creator of the “Twist handle” and “Elephant Ear” baskets, taught Antwon how to make these styles and other modern designs that were being made in the 1990’s. He continued making many of these modern styles, while adding contemporary spins to many of his pieces.

While testing the complexities of Sweetgrass, Ford began using mathematics and science in his work to create sculptures from the grass.  Overall, through the experiment of “Grassinmotion,” He seeks is to produce 4th dimensional art by blending the mathematical and scientific concepts of dimension into one. His works are greatly influenced by Gestalt Psychology, spatial dimensions and shadow produced from direct light. Ford hopes to inspire a generation of artists to use science while creating art.

Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture Series:
This is an event in the Food for Thought Luncheon Lecture Series. The luncheon lecture series takes place in an informal setting at the historic Captain James Missroon House, c. 1808. Join us atop Charleston’s High Battery and enjoy a commanding view of Charleston Harbor and the antebellum mansions along East Battery. Please note there is limited seating capacity as we will be socially distancing.

Participants will enjoy a casual light lunch of salads and sandwiches.

There is limited off-site parking.

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  • $55 per person
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