Neolithic Braiding on Spalted Hornbeam
Neolithic Braiding on Spalted 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 a contemporary basket inspired by the traditional Swiss basket made from Clematis stems. Usually carried on the shoulder, this basket has a flat wooden base. She utilises Neolithic weaving techniques, known to have been used by our ancestors for over 7,000 years. Lisa feels a deep sense of connection while repeating the same hand movements of previous generations. The spalted hornbeam, which forms the base of the basket, comes from a local wood yard, which gathers fallen and damaged trees across London and processes them, to reduce waste as much as possible.
Material: Spalted hornbeam, jute , cane, willow
cm: Width 34cm, Depth 23cm, Height 36cm
inches: Width 13.4in, Depth 9.1in, Height 14.2in
Care Instructions Dust with a lint free cloth