at Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS
I am one of sixteen full-time professional willow basket makers, artists and sculptors who are exhibiting at “Nourish” at the Crafts Study Centre in Farnham. Curated by Lois Walpole, Nourish is an exciting adventure into the wonders of willow, showcasing the beauty and variety of colour and form that can be created with traditional skills and materials.
Hailing from all over Britain, the exhibitors will be representing the skill, sustainability and creativity that is embodied in their long-term dedication to willow as the medium for their craft. They want their audience not only to enjoy the beauty and form of these woven objects, but to embrace their work as a force for good, providing both nourishment for the wellbeing of everyone who comes into contact with it and for the planet.
Over fifty basketry items will be on show, made predominantly with willow but also with additions of other materials such as hazel, rush and leather. As well as baskets for practical purposes, (of both contemporary and heritage design from different regions), there will be furniture, sculptural baskets and sculptures, (both animal and abstract, for indoor and outdoor display).
I was very pleased to have three pieces of work selected for this exhibition. The exhibition is part of the Artists Support Pledge that was started by Mathew Burrows on Instagram during the first lockdown to help keep the economy going for artists. This is a physical manifestation of what was happening online and is being run on the same principles. All work is £200 or less and artists pledge to buy another artists work if they earn £1000.
From 21st – 23rd October Toasts Creative Residency is taking place at the Crafts Council Gallery in Islington and online. As part of this I have been asked to host a willow weaving workshop on Thursday 21st October. You can attend in person or online by following the links here https://www.toa.st/pages/toast-creative-residency.
Zoom Arts Gallery, Warrior Square Station, St Leonards-on-sea, East Sussex
Branching Out is an exhibition of Emma Harding’s recent ceramic and mosaic work. It features a couple of pieces we have collaborated on together and a few of my more sculptural baskets are exhibited too. 50% of all our sales to Hastings Food Bank.
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic I have not exhibited in any exhibitions or galleries so far this year. You can still buy online at my shop here. And now that we are coming out of lockdown you can see work in real life and also buy it at Ethel Loves Me in Rye or Henry Paddon Contemporary Art in Eastbourne.