Silver Birch Basket I

Pip Rice
Silver Birch Basket I by Pip Rice 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. Pip found her inspiration in a large palm cone, carefully wrapped and tied in string to preserve it on its journey back from Australia 140 years ago. As a collector of natural treasures, such as conkers and leaves, Pip found this delicate process of preservation very appealing. Pip’s intention was to express this notion of collecting, treasuring and protecting through her basketry. Woven with grasses, roots and leaves, her work feels as though it has been found in a hedgerow or gathered from the forest floor, before being placed on a mantlepiece to be treasured.

Material: Found silver birch twigs, raffia
cm: Width 16cm, Depth 37cm, Height 50cm
inches: Width 6.3in, Depth 14.6in, Height 19.7in
Care Instructions Clean with dry dusting cloth only
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For this complex piece, Pip used horizontal and vertical silver birch twigs, which she tied together at crossing points. She places small weights in the basket for several days to encourage the basket to sit on a flat surface.
The Maker Pip Rice Basket Maker - London

After working for many years as a photographic stylist, sourcing beautiful objects made by others, Pip Rice had a yearning to create some of her own. The South East London based basket maker initially began experimenting with plants from her own garden before going on to forage natural materials from further afield. After a two-year basketry course at City Lit, she now combines a range of traditional basketry techniques with contemporary experimentation to create highly sculpted baskets. She was awarded both the Barbara Maynard Cup, by the Basketmakers’ Association, and the Christiane Sands Award in 2019.

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