Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
It's not that long ago that 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.
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 soft 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.
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)