Lise Bech, originally from Denmark, Lise Bech now lives and works from her studio in Fife 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 second solo exhibition takes place within The Gallery in January 2018.

  • Anahata
    Lise Bech

    Anahata

    2017
    homegrown organic willow, steamed Somerset willow and laths
    H:52cm W:96cm
    £380
  • Mulahara
    Lise Bech

    Mulahara

    2017
    homegrown organic willow, Salix Lasiandra and Rouge d'Orleans
    H:36cm W:48cm
    £150
  • Swadhisthana
    Lise Bech

    Swadhisthana

    2017
    homegrown organic willow, Salix purpurea Dickie Meadows and Rouge d'Orleans
    £140
  • Sunburst
    Lise Bech

    Sunburst

    2017
    Salix purpurea Brittany Green and Daphnoides
    H:50cm W:135cm
    Sold
  • Embrace
    Lise Bech

    Embrace

    2017
    organic willow
    H:52cm W:155cm
    £375
  • Breastplate III
    Lise Bech

    Breastplate III

    2017
    Salix purpurea Dickie Meadows
    H:34cm W:130cm
    £250
  • Breastplate II
    Lise Bech

    Breastplate II

    2017
    Salix purpurea Dickie Meadows
    H:39.5cm W:110cm
    £250
  • Manipura
    Lise Bech

    Manipura

    2017
    homegrown organic willow, Salix Alba Britzensis and painted laths
    H:56cm W:99cm
    £420
  • Vishudda
    Lise Bech

    Vishudda

    2017
    homegrown organic willow, Salix purpurea Dickie Meadows and painted laths
    H:51cm W:96cm
    £380
  • Ajna
    Lise Bech

    Ajna

    2017
    homegrown organic willow, Salix Lasiandra, Rouge d'Orleans and 'Lathrisk'
    H:96cm W:56cm
    £395
  • Sahasrara
    Lise Bech

    Sahasrara

    2017
    homegrown organic willow, Salix purpurea Dickie Meadows and Rouge d'Orleans, laths
    H:67cm W:96cm
    £450
  • Music Of The Spheres
    Lise Bech

    Music Of The Spheres

    2017
    homegrown organic willow, Salix purpurea Dickie Meadows and slpit hazel
    H:82cm W:42cm
    £240
  • Collection of Kishies
    Lise Bech

    Collection of Kishies

    2014 - 2017
    Salix purpurea Dickie Meadows and cornus from Glenbuck Loch willows
    H:15-28cm W:14-25cm
    £85 - £120 (top left and top right sold)
  • Lyre
    Lise Bech

    Lyre

    2017
    homegrown organic willow
    H:53cm W:38cm
    Price on Application
    Sold
  • Group of Willow Baskets
    Lise Bech

    Group of Willow Baskets

    2016
    Salix fragilis Flanders Red & BritzensisSalix purpurea Brittany BlueSalix triandra Whissender
    £380 (right) (LEFT SOLD)
  • Kishie
    Lise Bech

    Kishie

    2014
    Cornus from Glenbuck Loch
    H:15cm W:15cm
    £64
  • 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 (left) (RIGHT SOLD)