Neolithic Braiding (Conical)
Neolithic Braiding (Conical) by Lisa Atkin is part of the ‘Plant Explorations’ collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Earlier this year, The New Craftsmen invited a select group of craftspeople to the Economic Botany Collections at Kew Gardens to examine and creatively respond to a myriad of objects and their narratives. The collection delves into humanity’s ever resourceful and ingenious making traditions with plants. Inspired by the shape of traditional conical fruit baskets from the Black Sea area of Turkey, Lisa has married the form with Neolithic weaving techniques, which have been used by our ancestors for over 7,000 years. Reflecting on our human relationship with nature, Lisa feels a deep sense of connection while repeating the same hand movements of previous generations. Lisa works closely with the land, using foraged materials to create her sculptural basketry, combining ancient techniques with her own contemporary ideas and expression. The sculptural piece features a distinctive, hand-carved handle crafted from an ivy root which Lisa has foraged from a fallen oak tree.
Material: Foraged ivy, hemp rope, cane
cm: Width 42cm, Depth 32cm, Height 60cm
inches: Width 16.5in, Depth 12.6in, Height 23.6in
Care Instructions Dust with a lint free cloth