Marram Grass Bag

Mary Butcher
Marram Grass Bag by Mary Butcher, a functional piece inspired by the craft heritage of the Orkney Islands.

Marram Grass 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. Upon her return, Mary gathered materials that reminded her of the textures and hues of Orkney, from the dramatic grey sky to the rich mustard seaweed, to create each new unique piece.
Material: Marram grass, Esparto grass simmans, bone found on North Ronaldsay
Dimensions: Height: 20cm, Length: 18cm, Width: 28cm
Care Instructions: Clean with dry dusting cloth only
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This bag was created using similar techniques that are normally employed to make the Shetland Kishie back basket, largely used for carrying peats. Marram grass is a fine material, in every sense, and takes a long time to gather, so is used rarely now.
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.