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Chelsea Flower Show

Posted on 05 August 2016

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I was asked to Make 2 compost bins for Ann-Marie Powells official RHS Garden at Chelsea Flower show this year. This was a lovely project to do involving one of my favourite techniques, the rope coil weave plus incorporating copper into the weave which was new for me. All the willow used in these were from my willlow bed which was a nice touch. It really shows off the array of willow variaties which are available to grow and buy. The weave has been broken up by sections of packing and randing to create texture with the different levels of weave and also to add more interest to the work. 

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Standard shoppers

Posted on 08 May 2016

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Recently I've been playing around with sizes trying to come up with pleasing and useful dimensions which I can standardize. For me, using dimensions in basketry is key to everything. The very best makers through the years all have either a natural eye or are very consciously making baskets at 'specified' size with the handle at 'specified' height etc. This all leads to more aesthetically pleasing work.

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Warwick Living Willow Maze

Posted on 05 April 2016

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Merlin were making a 'Horrible Histories' style maze at Warwick Castle & lucky for me I was commissioned the 'Wicked Witches' section which would be made with living willow. The project took 3 weeks to complete. I used more willow on this job than I'd use in a standad year of basket making! The great thing with using living wilow is that the sculpture will evolve, rods with thicken & new bits will get woven in. 

It was a fantastic project to get stuck in to & I look forward to more on this scale in the future.

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Kirstie's Handmade Fair

Posted on 18 September 2015

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I was given this fantastic opportunity by The Handmade Fair to run mass workshops at Hampton Court Palace this weekend. I had 100 people on each session which was brilliant if not a bit chaotic :) ..It's by far the most I've ever had on a workshop & great to think in 3 days I introduced 300 new faces to weaving willow!  

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Ropey Mushroom

Posted on 20 May 2015

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As time has gone by I've been commissioned more & more big sculptures....

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Baby's Crib

Posted on 07 April 2015

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This is my take on the Baby's Cradle designed by Basketmaker Archie Coates from Gloucestershire......

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My trip to London Town

Posted on 02 February 2015

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My trip to London Town to the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers meeting at Skinners Hall....

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Nando's Shades

Posted on 10 April 2014

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A fantastic design company called B3 designers commissioned me to make 7 lampshades for a Nando's restaurant which was being fitted out in the middle of media city, Salford, Manchester.

 

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Coronation Arches for The Queen at Windsor Castle

Posted on 26 September 2013

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Lots of Pics of this amazing project I worked on for the Queen at Windsor Castle! I was part of a wonderful team led by Willow maestro Spencer Jenkins. These arches were made over 2 months by a handful of professional weavers one being me and some fantastic volunteers.

A more in depth write up on the project to follow shortly.........

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