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Keeping my hand/eye in!

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Still very much in the same mode now (Jan ’19), as I was pictured here last summer- i.e. fitting in making around ‘the baby’, which amounts to a few hours each week if I’m lucky. However I’m still happy to discuss any commission ideas with you, so do get in touch. I like to have extra motivation to get back in the workshop! If I can’t complete a commission, I have a host of other basketmaker contacts to pass the project on to.

I’m happy to have had the incentive to make a batch of wet-linen baskets this month based on an original ‘recipe’ passed on to me by Adrian Charlton, one of my basketry heroes who trained in Norfolk from the late Terry Bensley. It’s great to be keeping the tradition alive. Here they are, far from perfect but so good to be practicing, especially those cranked-willow handles which I love:

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Maternity Leave

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I’m on Maternity Leave from September 2017- July 2018, but you can catch me (plus new creature in above ‘vessel’ if s/he still fits in it!) at the Great Dixter Winter Fair (25th-26th November), where I’ll be selling work and running a couple of children’s mini-workshops. Check out the ‘workshops’ page for details.

Otherwise see you next summer!

 

Maker’s Fair this weekend

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I’m very excited to be participating once more at the magical Cranbrook Iron Makers’ Fair this weekend, 5th and 6th August. It will be held at the King John’s Nursery in Etchingham, East Sussex, itself a fantastic venue, with a cafe, shop, and unusual plants to buy.

The fair will consist of local makers, artists and craftspeople demonstrating their skills, talking about their work, and selling their unique handmade items. It was a lovely event last year, really friendly and relaxed. It’s well worth a visit.

These handmade willow ‘Tree-Baubles’ will be adorning the trees and are also for sale if you fancy adding a sculptural element to your garden. Come find me!

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Weaving Workshop at Wilderness Wood

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Had a great day at Wilderness Wood (East Sussex) last week, teaching a great bunch of children how to persuade willow into a functional vessel. It called for lots of perseverance and patience but we got there in the end and everyone ended up with a unique handmade basket! Brilliant!

 

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It’s been a ‘quietly busy’ month, willow-wise. A little break from making post-new year but plenty to do with harvesting last year’s willow, planting 17 different varieties of willow cuttings on a new site, and teaching a workshop at the lovely Lewes Seedy Saturday. Lots of planning for the next few months as well… Winter is therefore a jolly helpful pause in the frenetic momentum of life.

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the harvest, gleaming in the sun

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new willow cuttings in (500 of them!)

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A happy and talented student making a sweet pea obelisk at my workshop as part of Lewes Seedy Saturday

shoulder bags

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I have new shoulder bags in stock, in a range of shapes and sizes. These can be used as foraging vessels or handbags, and can take a surprising amount of weight. They are stylish, practical and unique. Leather straps made from reclaimed leather from Wolfram Lohr’s workshop (http://wolframlohr.bigcartel.com).

Each ‘basket-bag’ costs £75-80 each.

I will be taking them to the Great Dixter Winter Fair at the end of the month (26th/27th0, and if there are any left, to Wilderness Woods for their fair on the first weekend of December.

If you’d rather take your pick before they are released to the masses, get in touch!