About me

My fascination with basketry was sparked off by a Japanese bamboo basket I was given by my in-laws. They knew I was interested in Japan, but I had no knowledge about Japanese baskets.

Eager to learn more, I attended a talk on Japanese baskets at the Japan Society in 2018. The speaker Joe Earle showed some photos of work by Iizuka Rokansai – free-flowing sculptural pieces that were very different from the brown shoppers I associated with the word “basket”.

A few months later I happened upon a display of random weave baskets at City Lit, promoting an upcoming basketry course. I signed up on the spot. A couple of short courses later, I embarked on the two-year course in creative basketry, which finished in July 2022.

I previously sold felted and upcycled textiles, so my preference is for softer fibres, which lend themselves to techniques such as twining and coiling. These techniques are rather slow, but I find them quite meditative.

In my former life I was a journalist and editor, working for the British Medical Journal, the British Council, and Which? magazine. I am also a freelance web developer.

I am a member of Prism, International Feltmakers Association, and the Basketmakers’ Association and edit the BA’s 68-page Journal, which is published three times a year. I am listed in the Crafts Council Directory.

I also teach basketry at Morley College in London.


April 2023: Warped, Prism Textiles, Mile End Pavilion, London E3
Feb-March 2023: Piece by Piece, City Lit, London WC2
December 2022: Wreathed, Morley Gallery, London SE1
July 2022: City Lit Basketry Course exhibition, City Lit, London WC2
April 2022: Fantastical Botanical, Morley Gallery, London
April 2022:
Untold, Prism Textiles, Mile End Pavilion, London E3
October 2021: In Search of Possibilities, Prism Textiles, Mile End Pavilion, London E3
May 2020: In Search of (im)Possibilities, Prism Textiles, online
October 2019: Wandsworth Open House, London SW17
October 2019:
Fragility, Prism Textiles, RBSA, Birmingham
May-June 2019:
Fragility, Prism Textiles, Hoxton Arches, London E2
March 2019: Morley MADE, Morley Gallery, London SE1
June 2018: Silence is Over, South London Women Artists, Portico Gallery, London SE27
March 2018: Pillow Talk: Conversations with Women, South London Women Artists, Uniqlo Tate Late, Tate Modern, London SE1
July 2017: My Place, South London Women Artists, Brixton East Gallery, London SW9
March 2016: Pillow Talk: Conversations with Women, South London Women Artists, Brixton East Gallery, London SW9
April 2015: Death and Transition, South London Women Artists, Gabriel Fine Art, London SE1
February/March 2015: What is Urban?, South London Women Artists, Brixton East Gallery, London SW9

award presentation at mansion house

Awards and publications

  • Christiane Sand Award for Outstanding Final Project 2022 – City Lit
  • First place in Contemporary category of Basketry of the Year 2021 – Worshipful Company of Basketmakers
  • Christiane Sand Award for Coiling 2021 – City Lit
  • Barbara Maynard Challenge Cup 2020 – Basketmakers’ Association


Work featured in:

  • Contemporary Basketry, September 2023
  • Contemporary Basketry, August 2021
  • Contemporary Basketry, April 2021
  • Contemporary Basketry, December 2020
  • Pillow Talk: Conversations With Women, 2019, South London Women Artists, ISBN 978-0-9929442-1-6
  • Felt Matters (journal of the International Feltmakers Association), December 2017
  • Worldwide Colours of Felt, 2016, Ellendesign, ISBN 978-90-825378-0-2
  • Homes & Gardens magazine, April 2014