Jenny Crisp

Jenny Crisp is a professional basket maker and willow grower with over 35 years of experience. Completing a degree in woven textiles at Farnham Art College she went on to do a one year apprenticeship in growing and making with distinguished basket maker David Drew, sponsored by the Crafts Council.

Describe your approach to teaching

My approach to teaching is to impart as much knowledge and technique as possible in the hope I can inspire more people to appreciate the joys of making with willow.

What inspires your own work? 

My aim in my practice is to use the inherent nature of this indigenous material to make functional objects to the best of my knowledge, ability, and experience, whilst continuing to be innovative and maintaining a respect for the heritage of this craft.

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