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Maggie Smith The New Craftsmen

Maggie Smith

Basket Maker

Maggie Smith works from her studio in Northampton, where she grows many of the materials she uses. She also gathers supplies from sites in the surrounding countryside, and has a willow bed in Essex. Read More

Whilst much of her inspiration comes from the natural world, it is her desire to experiment that truly feeds her creativity and drives her practice forward.

Employing a range of traditional basketry and craft techniques, Maggie creates contemporary interior pieces, including wall features, sculptural pieces, large vessels, and functional baskets. Her recent work has concentrated significantly on willow, a focus that has inspired a closed-loop approach to making, whereby every piece of the plant is utilised, from the leaves to the roots.

In May 2017, Maggie was awarded the prize for the Best Body of New Work, as a part of Clerkenwell Open Studios. She graduated from the City Literary Institute’s Creative Basketry course in 2004, the last professional basket making course in the UK.

 

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