Jenny Pearce Basketmaker and Textile Design

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Basketmaking based on a variety of Celtic and English regional designs. The material we work with is mostly unstripped willow with its variety of textures and colours. On a weekend course you can expect to make at least one basket, possibly with a handle. Nobody is allowed to leave without a basket! The course is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.

Originally from Dublin and now living in rural Herefordshire I have  been a basketmaker since the early 1990’s, learning my craft mostly in the West of Ireland, but also from expert basketmakers in England and France.  I started out in Textiles, spending a year at the London College of Furniture on a Constructed Textiles course.  It was this course that gave me a passion for making and eventually led me in the direction of willow weaving. Texture is very important in my work.  I am inspired by rugged nature, rocks and trees, but also by the way nature renders even ugly things beautiful.  I prefer to work with ‘unstripped’ willow with its variety of texture and colour and grow a lot of my own willow. Texture is equally important in my textiles, which are mostly inspired by the landscapes of the West of Ireland and the Isles of Scilly

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