Hilary Burns is a basket maker and 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 and sustainable materials – namely willow – and currently grows a collection of many different varieties on the Dartington estate. Between November and March Hilary harvests the crops, drying the rods and 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 and natural looking style.