Lise BechBorn: 1951
Place of Birth: Denmark
Lise Bech, originally from Denmark, lives and works in the Southern Uplands of Scotland, where she grows a wide range of willows (Salix species) for her basket making. In addition to her cultivated willow beds, the local landscape provides a rich source of other traditional basketry materials (heather, fieldrush, hairmoss) and more experimental fibre plants (birch, broom) which are occasionally used for embellishment.
Lise’s initial interest and motivation in taking up basketry was her desire to be involved with the whole process of making beautiful and useful organic objects: from the growing and harvest of the raw materials through to design and final execution of the piece - each step satisfying her love of and commitment to the natural world. Working exclusively with Scottish willow - much of it organically grown, tended and harvested (coppiced) by hand - she weaves traditional as well as contemporary pieces.
‘I made my first basket whilst living in Northern Ireland under the expert tuition of the aptly named Ms Greenwood! When I moved to Scotland she gave me one hundred willow cuttings thus ensuring I would ‘keep my hand in’. That was the start of my love affair with willow. Growing my own materials keeps me connected with the seasonal rhythms and has fostered a sense of pride and integrity with regards to the final product – homegrown, organic, carefully harvested and lovingly handmade in Scotland’ - Lise Bech
Lise Bech's first solo exhibition with the Gallery heralded the first of our 175th anniversary exhibitions in January 2017.
Group of Willow Baskets2016Salix fragilis Flanders Red & BritzensisSalix purpurea Brittany BlueSalix triandra Whissender£380 (left - sold) £320 (middle - sold) £380 (right)
Kishie2014Cornus from Glenbuck LochH:15cm W:15cm£64
Cauldron2016Homegrown Bay Leaf willow and Somerset WhissenderH:14cm W:23cm£116
Eyrie2005Salix fragilis Flanders RedH:26cm W:70cm£400