Italian Basket

Hilary Burns
Hilary Burns creates highly functional, robust basketry with ornamental flair. This Italian Basket is no exception. Handwoven with a roped border and intricate detailing, which prettily accentuates the basket’s unique shape and form, this piece is equally suited for market shopping trips, to carry produce, as it is on display at home.

Material: Willow rods
Dimensions: Height: 40cm, L: 34cm Width: 40cm
Care Instructions: Keep warm and dry, rinse to remove dust


Each basket created by Hilary Burns is woven by hand from her own collection of willow varieties, harvested at home in Devon. Due to the natural colour variation in willow and how it dries, each basket will have it's own unique tones ranging from reds through to greens and browns. After selecting the most slender willow rods for this piece, Hilary soaks and bends the willow, weaving the material into her desired shape. The finished basket is robust; created to be both functional as well as decorative.
The Maker Hilary Burns Basket Maker - South West England

Hilary Burns is a Devon based basketmaker who grows, harvests, soaks and bends her own willow to create functional pieces and decorative baskets. Weaving has been a constant in her life, originally she trained as a fabric weaver before taking up the craft of basketry thirty years ago. In 1985, she planted several willow beds to grow her own sustainable materials – hazel, oak and ash. Her work is based on traditional techniques applied in a contemporary way to achieve a robust and natural look.

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