July Open Studios
I have been working with willow for nine years having started in a very small way making star wands and fish at Discovery Day Events for the conservtion charity I worked for. My interests and abilities have built up over the years, through a range of short courses with several teachers. In July 2017 I completed the two year City Lit Basketry Course in London, which culmintated in a self-led student exhibition at Craft Central in Clerkenwell.
Willow is my preferred material, as I love the feel, smell and variety availalable – one willow basket also replaces a large number of plastic bags – something I have been passionate about for many years, but is now entering the more mainstream public consciousness following programs such as the Blue Planet seies.
When I can harvest hedgerow materials I love the sense the place that can be achieved, with a basket made entirely from one location – for example the Western park plaited border basket.
The City Lit Basketry course really broadened my horizons of the range of materials that can be used for basketmaking. I have found an additional passion for finely worked twined baskets made out of re-found yarns and threads passed down to me from my Grannys “stash”. In 2017 I won the Worshipful Company of basketmakers Basketry of the Year competition with a “twined handbag”.
From 2017 I have also been re-seating chairs using 6 way cane weave and paper rush.
Exhibitions and achievements
June 2014 Art House Leicester
June 2015 Art House Leicester
July 2017 Basketmakers Dozen Exhibition at Craft Central Clerkenwell – Final show of the two year City Lit Basketry course
September 2017 Basketry of the Year competition Winner, organised and sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers
July 2018 Cambridge Open studios