I started growing biomass willow at several locations in Yorkshire in the early 1990s. I soon moved on to growing ornamental willows with beautiful summer foliage and colourful stems that enhanced the winter landscape. It was a natural progression to
Cannot remember a time when I wasn’t making things early memories include creating dolls clothes, Christmas decorations and weaving. Basketry started for me when the Northumbria Basketry Group moved their activities to Hepple Village Hall.Willo
Anna, of Biteabout Arts, www.biteabout.co.uk , creates willow sculptures, traditional and contemporary baskets and hand made felt. As an experienced teacher, she runs workshops from her studio and also at various locations in the North of England and
As far back as I can remember I was always cutting, painting, colouring, constructing, stitching, and later taking photographs, in other words generally being creative, but I only discovered basketry in 1997. Despite my struggles to weave my first wi
Ruth Thompson BSC,PGCE
Sylvan Skills Willow artist/ grower of willow and hazel coppice (www.sylvanskills.co.uk)
Living willow domes/ screens/ tunnels
I have been involved with basket making for over thirty years, learning, making, teaching and demonstrating.
I am fascinated by the craftsmanship involved in making useful and hardworking traditional baskets and the beauty of the resulting ar
Using traditional basket-making techniques I create functional baskets and decorative items using mainly unstripped willow rods. Different willow varieties have ther own bark colour, often browns and greens, with some orange, red or black.
I’ve now been weaving for 10 years starting in 2013 with sculptural forms then moving onto traditional basketry. I’m addicted to the lovely smell of willow, the way the rods bend and curve, finding out how it behaves and what will a
Leader, Maker, Doer
I lead various outdoor education and practical workshops and sessions - including community gardening and basic willow weaving skills.
I make some things that are practical and some things just for fun - I have also made a coffi
Anna is a basketmaker who loves making string, and who works almost entirely with plants local to where she lives in Northumberland. These may be wild or cultivated, from moors and meadows, hedgerows, woods and gardens. They include leaves and stems,
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