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Liz Beech

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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 artefacts.   It has also been a delight to be involved in the development of this craft in new and innovative directions. ...

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Rachel Benson

I’m a relative newbie to willow work starting in 2013 with sculptural forms then moving onto traditional basketry.  Now I’m addicted to the lovely smell of willow, the way the rods bend and curve, finding out how it behaves and what will and won’t work, learning from basketry tutor Phil Bradley who teaches in our venue several times a year. I’ve al...

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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.Willow is an amazing material with tremendous flexibility, rods are harvested each year after leaf meeting both my creative need...

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Tamsin Growden

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Anna Liebmann

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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.  Combining these colours with the textures created by different weaves gives each piece its individual character.I am based near Kelso in t...

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Siobhan Sheehy

An amatuer but enthusiastic basket maker...

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Ruth Thompson

Ruth Thompson BSC,PGCE (post16) Sylvan Skills Willow artist/ grower of willow and hazel coppice (www.sylvanskills.co.uk) &...

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Anna Turnbull

I am motivated by a fascination with the essence of nature and a desire to create. I am concerned with organic forms, elemental shapes and the rich colours and textures of the natural world around me. After graduating with a BA (Hons) Fine Art at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London in 1988, I returned home to Northumberland to work as a photographic artist and silversmith. In 1...

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Sheila Walton

Ever since childhood I have been actively involved in a wide range of crafts and visual arts including textiles, printmaking and photography. I only discovered basketry in 1997 however, when I made my first willow basket at a Woodcrafts Taster Day near my home in County Durham, with a great deal of help from the extremely patient tutor Steve Fuller. From that day I was hooked and I attended eve...

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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 grow willows for basketry and explore the uses of the willow rods. Shortly after moving to Northumberland in 2005, I took a basket making class wi...

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