Large Vellum Seed Sieve

Mary Butcher
Large Vellum Seed Sieve by Mary Butcher, a functional piece inspired by a sieve Mary discovered at the Corrigall Farm Museum in Orkney.

Large Vellum Seed Sieve 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. While visiting Corrigall Farm Museum, Mary was attracted to a traditional vellum sieve on display, as she had previously enjoyed used vellum as part of her work, and found it interesting to see this waste product of meat production being used in a new way.
Material: Machine split chestnut, vellum, wire
Dimensions: Height: 5cm, Width: 37cm
Care Instructions: Clean with dry dusting cloth only
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This sieve was created using vellum, as well as reclaimed wood and a rim typical of a conventional agricultural riddle (a type of large sieve).
Large Vellum Seed Sieve
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.