Ling Heather Platter

Annemarie O'Sullivan
Ling Heather Platter by Annemarie O'Sullivan, a functional piece inspired by the craft heritage of the Orkney Islands.

Ling Heather Platter by Annemarie O'Sullivan was inspired by Annemarie's time spent on a residency on the Orkney Islands, organised by The New Craftsmen. Heather had traditionally been used in Orkney to make rope and baskets, and known as a reliable material for thatching roofs; however the material hadn't been used for weaving on Orkney for a hundred years.
Material: Heather
Dimensions: Height: 15cm, Length: 90cm, Width: 90cm
Care Instructions: Clean with dry dusting cloth only
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Annemarie selected each piece of heather for the platter by hand, finding long gnarled stems for the structure and thin, fine shoots for the weave; all secured in place using fine string.
The Maker Annemarie O'Sullivan Basket Maker - South East England

Based in East Sussex, Annemarie O'Sullivan makes contemporary baskets using ancient British basket-making techniques. Annemarie grows around twenty varieties of willow, which she harvests by hand on a half-acre plot near her home. Working from a wooden studio in her garden, Annemarie creates both small-scale domestic objects and larger woven sculptures. Her baskets have been featured in The New York Times, The Irish Times, House and Garden and Country Living.