Basketmaking, chair seating and willow work

Willow basketmaking – preserving British techniques with Mary Butcher

Ref: S3D08147




Explore unique British willow basketmaking techniques while gaining knowledge of basket history. After making an English oval base, continue with this form or others, using a variety of weaves for base, sides and borders, and learn skills to construct a handle.


Mary Butcher

Mary Butcher is a basketmaker, exhibition curator, writer and teacher. She held a prestigious crafts residency at the V&A's Sackler Centre in 2009. Recent exhibitions include 'This Beloved Earth', The Barony, West Kilbride, Scotland, 'Basketry Making Human Nature' at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich 2012, Re-Making the Past from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and tour, 2014 (a study in Bronze Age Creativity) and 'Dimensions' in Denmark, 2016. She received an MBE for services to basketmaking in 2012 and one of two Crafts Skills Champions Awards in 2013.


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