Olives and Ochres
Rope Coil Asymmetric Log basket
Rope Coil Asymmetric Log
Pod and Cocoon
This week I’ve really enjoyed working on some commissions and getting into the flow with the ‘rope coil’ technique, playing with asymmetry and more sculptural forms. I love the juxtaposition of the smooth reddish brown of the buff willow against the variation in texture and colour that the bark of the ‘brown’ willow (which is often shades of olive green to deep purples) gives.
Its been a productive month since France… beginning my ‘6 of each’ homework for AC (first pea-picker and peck pictured); two encouraging weeks at open studios; enjoying making hurdles in sunshine and rain; practicing underfoot walk-around slewed bottoms; recycling hazel and willow excess into Forest School projects; seeing what my bike basket looks like on Tanya’s bike. Generally feeling excited and motivated by it all. Oh and some new commissions to work on over the summer. Jolly good.
Lots of positive response… just not much footfall!
Checking out the handiwork… less than impressed
mmm… tasty !
One more basket to make before they’re all off to market on Sunday.
Still working on the perfect design for the strap bag…
Having to work with buff today as this cold weather means my brown willow isn’t ready yet… frustrating initially but pleased with the results.
I’ll be selling some of my new stock at these Festive Markets, along with lots of other other local craft and produce:
Saturday 5th December, 10am-4pm
Poppinghole Farm, Poppinghole Lane, Robertsbridge, TN32 5BN
Saturday 12th December, 11am-4pm
King John’s Nursery, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham, TN19 7AZ
Prices from £10 – £100
Come along and say hello, no obligation to buy!
Do pass onto any friends who may be interested.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Roll up! Roll up! Meet me and some other basketeers I know, selling our wares down market at Covent Garden. Tuesday 8th September – Sunday 20th September (shut Monday 14th). Prices from £5-£500, wide range of materials and styles, commissions taken.
Kidney-shaped willow satchel with hornbeam base and reclaimed leather handle.