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:
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!
I’ll be leading this workshop in August, please contact Plumpton College to book:
Had a great day at the ‘Cranbrook Goes Nuts in May’ event this May bank holiday. Taught some brave students a ‘fitching’ weave, using bundles of brown willow around a hazel frame to create these hard-wearing, strong plant supports, which should last for years despite their rustic appearance!
A couple more willow workshops in the pipeline for August… watch this space…
Students hard at work
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!
Well done Carol! This student had previously only attended a couple of beginner courses… this weekend she completed this challenging project! All ready to feed the birds in her garden now.
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.
the harvest, gleaming in the sun
new willow cuttings in (500 of them!)
A happy and talented student making a sweet pea obelisk at my workshop as part of Lewes Seedy Saturday
To celebrate my new website and email address, here is a dog in a basket (now, there’s an idea!)…
Seems like I’m getting a lot of orders for log baskets suddenly! Very happy to take on these commissions as they are one of my favourite things to make!
This one (being delivered today to Eggs to Apples in Hurst Green, East Sussex, for their Christmas Bonanza- see eggs to apples farm shop), measures at border height 19.5″, stake to stake diameter 18.5″. Using 6 and 7 foot willow combining Dicky Meadows and Black Maul. With a hint of buff for contrasting band.