I can still remember the day when my curiosity about basketmaking began – a demonstrator at The Eden Project in Cornwall was showing visitors how to weave some blades of grass into the beginnings of a simple basket. How intriguing! . . . to be able to create something so useful out of something so commonplace . . . ?
When, a few weeks later, I saw an advertisement for willow basketmaking classes I simply had to enroll! From that moment I was hooked. The possibilities for creativity out of, essentially, a pile of sticks were endless and I just had to learn the techniques. I joined the Basketmakers' Association which opened my eyes to the incredible diversity within basketry, both traditional and contemporary, and to the many makers in this country and overseas. That was back in 2002 and since then I have deepened my knowledge through attending as many workshops and courses by as many different basketmakers as I could find or afford! The City Lit College in Covent Garden, West Dean College near Chichester and Westhope Craft College in Shropshire have all provided me with inspirational teachers and teaching. In 2016/17 I completed the City & Guilds course in Basketry at Westhope.
Gaining this qualification gave me the confidence to share my passion with others through teaching and I now run workshops in Hampshire and the surrounding areas, including adult education classes in Winchester. I hope I can encourage you to join me on one of my workshops so that you too can experience the pleasures of this ancient and sustainable craft. Or if you have someone special in your life who would appreciate attending a workshop, I offer gift vouchers; just drop me a line.
I also display and sell my baskets at a handful of garden and Christmas fairs around my home area in Hampshire, including participation in the annual Hampshire Open Studios event. My upcoming events are listed under Where I'm Selling.
If you have any questions, or just want to chat about baskets, do get in touch via the Contacts page.