I am a former educator, art therapist and psychotherapist with a life long interest in plants , gardening and the natural environment. Always a maker and crafter, I settled on basketry while creating a riverside garden in Normandy where I became curious about how I might use some of the plant material generated, rather than just composting or burning it! I studied basketry with well known basket makers in the UK and in Europe before training more intensively through the flagship City Lit two year Basketry Course. I am now a full time fibre artist and basketmaker, specialising in using non traditional plant fibres in my work.
Using ancient and traditional basketry techniques from around the world, my work encompasses functional and sculptural forms with a contemporary element. I specialise in incorporating unusual garden plant fibres alongside more traditional basketry materials such as rush and willow. Every piece is unique and reflects my engagement with the natural environment and the seasonal cycle of the gardening year.
I am a member of the UK Basketmakers Association and Basketmakers’ Dozen (see instagram@basketmakersdozen) a collective of basketmakers from around the UK who train and exhibit together regularly.