Here you will find images of Baskets and Christmas Decorations made by students on workshops over one or two days either at my home studio or at other venues such as Wicken Fen Nature Reserve , Museum of Cambridge and Ely Museum.
For example I taught short drop in workshops at Ely Museum for children and adults on the last day of January 2015. Participants wove white and buff willow into square or round frames I had prepared for them. 2 ply cordage (rope) and 3 strand plaits were made in Rush that I harvested locally and were also woven into the frames.A great time was had by all and everyone was delighted with their baskets-some destined to be beds for teddy bears and others for fruit.Well done all.
Some examples of the many baskets I weave in Cambridgeshire and Somerset willow.
July Open Studios
I have been a full-time Basketmaker for fifteen years with a passion for detail,accurate technique and exploring the potential of my materials.I mainly work with Willow and Rush with occasional pieces in Cane,Leather,Raffia and Wire.I have a number of very functional core baskets designed for every day use such as shopping and log baskets; Rush place mats and storage baskets;Oval Potato harvesting baskets and Eel traps very much of the Ely fen circa mid 20th Century. I also reseat chairs in Rush.
I sell at The Babylon Art Gallery and The Eel Catchers Daughter shop in Ely and at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve having taught regular basketry workshops at the latter for twelve years including design and construction(with volunteers) of a large living willow structure used as an outdoor classroom and play space.I consider commissions and have recently designed and made for both private individuals and film production companies.
I teach small groups(maximum of 3) regularly from my home workshop and tailor these to suit level of experience,techniques and materials.
Alongside traditional work runs my exploration of the materials and how else I can use them forming vessels, platters and even garments.I have exhibited in this country and in Europe over the last decade with turning points for new work selected for the following:
- East Weaves West-Basketry from Japan & Britain 2007
- Winner of Best Basket of the Year 2010-awarded by The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers
- East Anglian Basketry,The Gallery at Norwich University College of the Arts 2011
- Collaboration with Helen Martino at Cambridge Contemporary Arts 2014
- Basketry Identity-exhibition curated by The Basketmakers Association at Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton on Thames 2015