Mary Crabb

Mary Crabb is an award-winning contemporary basketmaker. Having originally worked in willow, Mary now works with fine flexible materials, both natural and man-made, to create small, detailed and decorative woven forms exploring the connection between basketry and textiles.
Mary is a member of the Basketmakers' Association and Yeoman member of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.

Describe your approach to teaching:

I like to teach through demonstration, then support and encourage students as they work independently. I hope to inspire, to enable students to gain the knowledge and skills they need.

What inspires your work?

Inspiration comes from nature and the man-made environment. An interest in heritage, engineering and mathematical concepts influence my making. Line, structure and form are all important, as is the quality of my finished work.

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