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 Baskets
    Lise Bech

    Group of Willow Baskets

    2016
    Salix fragilis Flanders Red & BritzensisSalix purpurea Brittany BlueSalix triandra Whissender
    £380 (left - sold) £320 (middle - sold) £380 (right)
  • Kishie
    Lise Bech

    Kishie

    2014
    Cornus from Glenbuck Loch
    H:15cm W:15cm
    £64
  • Cauldron
    Lise Bech

    Cauldron

    2016
    Homegrown Bay Leaf willow and Somerset Whissender
    H:14cm W:23cm
    Sold
  • Eyrie
    Lise Bech

    Eyrie

    2005
    Salix fragilis Flanders Red
    H:26cm W:70cm
    £400
  • Spirebush Hill
    Lise Bech

    Spirebush Hill

    2016
    Salix Lasiandra
    H:26cm W:24cm
    £320
  • Goodbush Hill
    Lise Bech

    Goodbush Hill

    2016
    Salix Lasiandra
    £340
  • Group of Willow Baskets
    Lise Bech

    Group of Willow Baskets

    2016
    Salix purpurea Brittany GreenSalix purpurea Carl JensenStripped Somerset Willow
    £340 - £480 (middle and right sold)