This time next week I’ll be in County Galway staying with Joe Hogan, master basketmaker and artist. I’ve admired Joe’s work for years and am thrilled to be able to learn from him. This visit has been made possible by the generous HCA* and NADFAS** bursary, the first part of which went towards learning traditional work with Adrian Charlton. With Joe however, I’m hoping to explore techniques used in more contemporary, sculptural work (such as his pods, one pictured above).
(*The Heritage Craft Association and ** The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies)
Enjoying colour and texture in some close-up shots of my latest work
Lots of positive response… just not much footfall!
Learning basketry is not always an upwards trajectory, or a smooth and predictable continuum, but rather a zig zagging, to-ing and fro-ing, an endless set of puzzles. Hence these two rather wonky things. Hopefully not utterly lacking in charm, but rather far from symmetrical perfection.
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.
Willow shopper or foraging vessel. Zig-zag weave and hedgerow hornbeam handle. Was fun to make. Next time will amend shape and proportions.