Elements 3: Fire

Of the elements I’ve made so far, Fire has had the most conventional start – a circular bowl starting from the centre. When I felt that the base was big enough I started creating protrusions that would become the flames. I wanted there to be further spaces in each flame on each round, so the […]

Elements 1: Water

This didn’t start out as a series. I just wanted to refire my making mojo after six weeks of lacking the energy even to read or watch TV, let alone make anything. I’d been looking at some of the wonderful Japanese wave and ripple designs published by the Public Domain Review. So I picked a […]

Pine needle baskets in Guatemala

Well, my last post turned out to be a little optimistic! After my bout of flu before Christmas I went down with another respiratory infection (possibly Covid, given how long it took to recover), followed by a urinary tract infection. But finally, after six weeks or so, I feel more like my normal self and […]

Staggered twining over double warp

In fact, according to Annemarie Seiler-Baldinger in her inestimable Textiles: A Classification of Techniques, the full name of this technique is (deep breath) staggered weft twining over a double transposed warp. In plain English, you are twining two separate warp layers alternately, at the same time as the warp threads pair alternately with the ones […]

5th World Wicker and Weaving Festival

Last week I attended the 5th World Wicker and Weaving Festival in Poznan, Poland. It was held in the cavernous Poznan Expo Centre over four scorchingly hot days, when the external temperature was above 30C. The main highlight was the live weaving competition, where over 130 competitors from around the world had 15 hours over […]

Inspired by Morigami Jin

Sometimes you end up in a completely different destination from where you intended. My idea was to further explore freestyle or irregular plaiting. After my first foray into this technique, I saw some lovely examples of it at the recent Eskenazi exhibition. So I went back to my photos and books on Japanese bamboo art […]

Bamboo masterworks from Japan at the Eskenazi

I’m guessing that last year’s exhibition of Japanese bamboo art at the Eskenazi was a great success, as the gallery is currently showing some more. As the name suggests, Bamboo Masterworks from Japan – Classical to Contemporary includes works by some older masters of the art alongside contemporary artists, some of whom featured in the […]

London Craft Week 2023

London Craft Week is a great opportunity to see wonderful makers from further afield as well as the UK, but the brochure and website are tricky to navigate, and some “events” seem to be simply plugs for luxury brands. This year I made it to three venues. There was lots to see, but here I […]

Teaching basketry at Morley College: plaiting

I’m very excited to announce that from January 2023 I am going to be teaching basketry at evening classes at Morley College in south London. I started my textiles journey at Morley more than 10 years ago, so it’s great to be going back! The course is on Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm. In the first term […]

Forces in Translation at Wakehurst Place

A couple of weeks ago, to help allay the stress of the assessment and exhibition at City Lit, I spent a day at the gardens of Wakehurst Place with a group called Forces in Translation (FiT). FiT is a collaboration between basketmakers, anthropologists, and mathematicians – a very interesting interdisciplinary group. At Wakehurst Place they […]