This exhibition catalogues includes work by:
Lise Bech, Dail Behennah, Lizzie Farey, Rosie Farey, Joe Hogan, Owen Jones, Stefan Meiners
Willow Weaving offers some insight into the creative world of contemporary baskets and sculptural objects. Basketry is an ancient and elemental craft, reminding us of a simpler life, a yearning for something going back to our basic roots. It is also a universal craft; basketry gives both urban and heritage spaces an essential human dimension. Willow Weaving is by no means a survey exhibition, it is instead a glimpse into a genre which has been in decline as a world craft due to increasing industrialisation but in recent years has enjoyed a renaissance as an art form in its own right. Each artist and craftsman included in this exhibition contributes to this renaissance. I have been mindful to include functional baskets which are specific to a geographical location and have their own history.These sit beside sculptural works, as each informs the other. All of the artists in this exhibition live and work in rural locations, using locally sourced materials or their own home grown willow. All of the work is united by an understanding of the land, of nature and the changing seasons, a profound connection which gives a rhythm to the work. We have monumental examples and works small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. I am very grateful to Lise Bech, Dail Behennah, Lizzie Farey, Rosie Farey, Joe Hogan, Owen Jones and Stefan Meiners fo rmaking this exhibition possible.