Member Profiles

Alan Winlow

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

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Charlotte Boxall

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

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Anna Turnbull

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

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Siobhan Sheehy

An amatuer but enthusiastic basket maker

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Sheila Walton

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

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Ruth Thompson

Ruth Thompson BSC,PGCE  Sylvan Skills Willow artist/ grower of willow and hazel coppice (www.sylvanskills.co.uk)          sculpture commissions    Living willow domes/ screens/ tunnels  

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Liz Balfour

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

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Sheila Patrick

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. 

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Rachel Benson

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

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Liz Beech

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

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Anna Corbett

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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Justine Holdsworth

I have worked with wonderful willow for 15 years. In schools, in gardens, and I now also have a new space, The Workshop in Whitley Bay where I sell my willow products, work on commissions and run bespoke workshops. My skills cover the range of basket

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Karla Pearce

Having pursued a variety of creative outlets over the years, including quilting, embroidery, pottery and gardening, I'm a relative newcomer to basketry. I learned how to make a shopping basketry with NBG member Lorraine Griffiths in May 2023 and was

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