Lichen Ruched Rush Bag

Mary Butcher
Lichen Ruched Rush Bag by Mary Butcher, a functional piece inspired by the craft heritage of the Orkney Islands.

Lichen Ruched Rush Bag 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. The aesthetic of this piece references Orkney's traditional stone buildings, which have vibrant lichen patterns adorning the walls, in many shades of yellows.
Material: English rush, sisal, man made string, waxed linen threads
Dimensions: Height: 40cm, Length: 21cm, Width: 2cm
Care Instructions: Clean with dry dusting cloth only
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This basket was created using English rush, which has been imported to Orkney for centuries to be used as sewing twine. The handle was sourced from a beach on North Ronaldsay.
Lichen Ruched Rush Bag
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.