Hilary Burns Portrait

Hilary Burns

Basket Maker

Hilary Burns is a basket maker & founder of the ‘Basketry & Beyond’ Festival.

Having originally trained in textiles, Hilary Burns initially began making baskets in London using recycled material. Moving to Devon thirty years ago, Hilary became interested in using natural & sustainable materials – namely willow – & currently grows a collection of many different varieties on the Dartington estate. Between November & March Hilary harvests the crops, drying the rods & re – soaking for weaving as required throughout the year.

Her basketwork is based on traditional techniques used in a contemporary way using heavy willow to give her pieces a robust, chunky & natural looking style.

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