Marsh Grass Windblown Basket

Alison Dickens
Marsh Grass Windblown Basket by Alison Dickens, a dynamic, contemporary piece crafted from a combination of black maul and old French willow from the Somerset Levels, the historical centre of willow growing in England.

Drawn to sculptural forms, Alison's work evokes the high curves and edges of British landscapes, from the Yorkshire Dales to the Suffolk coast; as well as the forms and patterns carved into the terrain by water and wind.

Material: Black maul & old French willow
Dimensions: Width: 59cm, Depth 59cm, Height: 34cm
Care Instructions: Keep dry and dust with cloth or compressed air spray
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This basket has been crafted using the rope wale (or rope coil) weave, which involves weaving with a bundle of willow, adding a new rod at every stroke. This technique creates dimension and texture, resulting in a strong sense of movement in the piece.
The Maker Alison Dickens Basket Maker - London

Alison Dickens makes organic, sculptural forms which call upon a rich and varied craft tradition. Her work is inspired by the curves and frisson of sparse open landscapes, such as the Yorkshire Dales and the Norfolk and Suffolk coasts, as well as the patterns made by water, wind and waves. Alison trained for two years on the City Lit Basketry Course and is now based at Cockpit Arts, London. She has also exhibited at Craft Central and the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers' 450th Anniversary Fair.