My creativity is inspired by exploring how willow can be translated into useful and beautiful items of stunning colour and form.
Endeavouring to work alongside nature by growing and creating with willow is central to my love of basketry. I am passionate about sharing this medium though teaching in small groups and through commission work.
The baskets I make are a combination of tradition with a contemporary twist, which is achieved by experimenting with form, colour and weave.
Background and training
I have a background in Social Anthropology, and I love to mix different regional basketry styles and techniques in my work. Whilst working in East Africa I saw how craft remains central within community activities and livelihoods.
I studied Level 3 Diploma City and Guilds Basketry at Westhope College, where I was fortunate to work with inspirational tutors, including Eddie Glew and Clare Revera, who have both influenced my journey.
materials and sustainability
My craft is underpinned by a commitment to an ecological awareness with full traceability of the materials I use. I grow some of my own willow organically, and source other material from mainly local suppliers. I use cork bark for straps, which I make to bespoke design
Therapeutic Craft and Commissions
The therapeutic nature of the weaving process means that I prefer to teach individuals and small groups of up to four people only. This allows you to explore your creativity with the materials at your own pace.
You can commission a basket that reflects your own design, choice of colour and weave. By involving you in the process of making or designing baskets from nature, there is a strong collaborative ethos, which is at the heart of my business.
Contact me now for more information about my workshops or a commission.