Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
There were times when buying, selling, carrying, fishing, storing, building and measuring were reliant on a basket be it homemade or bought from a professional basket maker, life depended on them. It's only relatively recently that the use of baskets in everyday life has been replaced by other materials.
There is great satisfaction in planting a cutting of willow, watching it grow, harvesting it and then weaving it into something both beautiful and functional. I use traditional techniques of willow basketmaking whilst exploring new ideas and form.
Using plant fibres to make baskets requires different skills and techniques; looping, coiling, twining and plaiting. Leaves, grasses and rush growing all around us provide an unlimited natural resource each one with its own unique qualities and beauty.
I am a member of the Scottish Basketmakers' Circle (SBC), the Basketmakers' Association (BA), the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) and the Heckleburn Quines (HQ); an artist and makers' collective based in Banchory, Aberdeenshire (www.heckleburnquines.co.uk)