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 am a member of the Basketmakers’ Association.