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Recent Project

Maggie Smith         ‘Willow 1’

Piece of basketry

Commissioned by The Museum of English Rural Life

as part of the Stakeholder Project 2013 - 2014

A nest of 3 baskets all made from Willow.


Within the 3 baskets every part of the Willow has been used from leaves to roots. If you count assembly as a technique 17 have been used, some traditional basketry techniques and others techniques not traditionally used with Willow.

The aim of the piece was to use as many different techniques as possible to celebrate the versatility of willow, still being discovered through on going exploration/experimentation started in 2003/4.

The piece was inspired by the wonderful variety of traditional skills and materials demonstrated within the museum collection. My basketry career was started by my appreciation for these traditional skills and a desire to learn more about them. However within the piece I also wanted to demonstrate that working with traditional materials and keeping traditional skills alive can be enhanced by each generation pushing these materials/skills and continuing to develop them.

Upcoming Courses

Download a PDF of the course list and booking information here

2017 Course List Maggie Smith Basketry.pdf

Maggie Awarded the Craft Central "Best Body of New Work"

Northamptonshire Guild of Designer Craftsmen Exhibition at Mackintosh House 78 Derngate October to December

Exhibiting at 78 Derngate and at Obsidian Art

Wed 1st/ Thurs2nd November  10am-4.30pm Basketry Techniques with soft materials Focus for this workshop will be on Twining. Twining is a very versatile technique, which can be used with a wide variety of materials both natural and man-made to make baskets £120 2 days

Stanwick Lakes

Training Barn

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