Field Rush Simmans Bag

Mary Butcher

Field Rush Simmans Bag by Mary Butcher, a functional piece inspired by the craft heritage of the Orkney Islands.

Field Rush Simmans Bag by Mary Butcher was inspired by Mary's time spent on a residency on the Orkney Islands, organised by The New Craftsmen; meeting with local makers and becoming immersed in their world. Upon her return, Mary gathered materials that reminded her of the textures and hues of Orkney, from the dramatic grey sky to the rich mustard seaweed, to create each new unique piece.

Material: Field rush, sisal and hemp strings
Dimensions: Height: 28cm, Length: 23cm, Width: 2cm
Care Instructions: Clean with dry dusting cloth only
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This basket was created from traditional simmans materials, a type of field rush from Shetland, which is stained by the colour of the local earth. This rush was imported to Orkney for centuries to be used as sewing twine.
The Maker Mary Butcher Basket Maker - London

Basket maker Mary Butcher began her career as a willow specialist, learning local and traditional skills from apprenticed makers. Following further research into the art of basketmaking, and a Fellowship in Basketmaking at Manchester Metropolitan University, Mary began to explore new creative possibilities, and develop other ways of making. Mary’s research centres around the history of basket making, spending time with traditional makers and recording both the technical details and their changing practice in response to consumer demand.