My story

For nearly four decades I have been making baskets, studying the ancient art of basketmaking, and sharing my knowledge with a younger generation.

I am fascinated by the way in which an old and sustainable craft that leaves no mark behind it can always be refashioned for functional use and artistic creativity.

These time-honoured designs are my stimulus for making contemporary baskets and modern conceptual art-works.

I started my training in Birmingham, and for many years I have lived in the East Midlands, which is the traditional heart of the basket-making industry in Britain.

I like to work most of all with locally sourced materials, in search of English forms.

I specialise in heritage baskets based on the research of old techniques. My work includes large-scale art installations in public spaces, reconstructing historical functional baskets.

I also take commissions for repairs and conservation work.

A lot of my daily work is spent running workshops for young people in cities around the East Midlands and communicating my skills at country fairs across Britain.

I was awarded Freedom of the City of London in 1997 and became a yeoman member of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers in 2014.

I am a member of the Basketmakers’ Association.