I am an artist based in the East of England, working in a range of materials including textiles, willow and ceramics.
I have been creating art and craft pieces for as long as I can remember, and have broadened my learning along the way. Learning basket making a few years ago opened up new opportunities to create three dimensional pieces. I have trained with Master Basketmakers in the west country, learning to master traditional techniques and to make willow coffins. Basketmaking is a craft that has been honed over thousands of years; the willow weaving techniques that we use now have been used for generations and links us back to much earlier times. I use these techniques in my work, but incorporate new materials and exploit the sculptural qualities of woven willow. I enjoy juxtaposing the contrasting textures of materials.
I like the way ceramic elements combine with willow:
I have found ways to combine textile art with willow:
I also combine ceramic with textiles:
As well as my solo art work I have a background in enabling groups of people to be creative, co-founding the local charity ‘Withy Arts‘, for which I often lead or co-lead group work.
I can be contacted at email@example.com