This is a one-day workshop where we will focus on simple frame baskets which historically were woven all over Britain and Ireland.
You will make a small, shallow ribbed frame basket which was traditionally used for straining potatoes. It is beautiful as a wall piece, or on the table holding fruit / bread. (Approx 25cm diameter).
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN:
· How to prepare willow for weaving
· How to create a system of weaving which fills the basket evenly
I am a basket maker, working on small-scale domestic objects to large-scale architectural installations.
Using willow, which I grow and harvest, I use weaving and binding techniques, which have been used for hundreds of years to make a range of functional and non-functional work. I’m really interested in seeing the process of making through, from the source to the finished piece.
Collaboration is a key part of my work. I love to share ideas with makers from other disciplines. I like to work in a playful way, but the end product always has a high level of craft.
I am very grateful to all the makers who came before me, who discovered amazing ways to make and construct. Without them I would have nothing. I love the simplicity of basket making. All I need is a knife and some rods of willow and I can make a basket.