Sense of Place
I began basket making in 2011 and immediately became addicted. Willow is a beautiful natural material to weave with and it is immensely satisfying to see it form into a functional or decorative object. I source most of my willow locally at Myreside, near Gifford but I also use hedgerow material and other natural fibres depending on the time of year.
It is the willow rods and their vibrant colours that for me conjure up a ‘sense of place’. I can picture the willow growing at the foot of the Lammermuirs with the low sun on the willow bed. Flanders red willow in the round asymmetric basket still retains this autumn glow. The larger oval basket contains Flanders red willow and the deeply coloured Continental purple willow.
More recently I have been incorporating unusual pieces of wood as handles which again have a sense of place either from a particular beach or woodland from where they were sourced. The asymmetric basket incorporates a piece of drift wood from Aberdaron Beach on the Lleyn Peninsular in Wales. Whereas the larger oval basket has handle from dense hazel woodland in the Auvergne, France.
I work from a small studio in Edinburgh producing items for exhibitions, the HECLA Gallery and individual commissions.
Work from previous exhibitions
I am a basket maker working from a studio here at Cockenzie House. I make a range of functional baskets and decorative objects.
Most of the items are made from willow sourced locally at Myreside, Gifford but I also use hedgerow material and other natural fibres depending on the time of year.