Neolithic Braiding on Hornbeam
Neolithic Braiding on Hornbeam 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. Lisa has created contemporary baskets using Neolithic weaving techniques, known to 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. She works in tune with the land, foraging materials from Epping Forest to create her sculptural basketry, combining ancient techniques with her own contemporary ideas and expression. This piece stands on two sculptural legs carved from symmetrically-shaped branches that Lisa has foraged from a fallen hornbeam tree.
Material: Hornbeam, cane, jute rope
cm: Width 50cm, Depth 21cm, Height 53cm
inches: Width 19.7in, Depth 8.3in, Height 20.9in
Care Instructions Dust with a lint free cloth. Care should be taken to carry holding both the wooden legs halfway up the piece.