Collaboration with fashion student

A few months ago I received a message from a student studying fashion at Central St Martins. His name was Oliver Sharpe, he was in his final year, and as part of his show he wanted to include a garment that featured some elements of basketry. Well, of course, I was intrigued, so we had […]

Baskets in Madrid museums

I’m just back from a week’s holiday in Spain, starting in Bilbao and working my way down to Madrid by train and bus. I had less than a day in Madrid, arriving by train in the morning and flying home in the evening, but I managed to visit two museums with interesting baskets in that […]

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 […]

Hayve workshop with Tim Johnson

After my workshop with Monica Guilera, I did another one with Tim Johnson, who works mainly with soft fibres and is highly regarded for his work exploring different natural materials and traditional techniques. This post on a previous blog of mine reviewed one of his exhibitions at Farnham in 2019. At this workshop in Germany […]

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 […]

Inspired by Haeckel: jellyfish

Three weeks to go until our exhibition and I still haven’t finished any of my pieces. Finally succumbing to Covid last week hasn’t helped, putting me out of action for a couple of days, including what should have been a day at college. But here’s an update on the progress of my plaited piece. I […]