Silver Birch Basket II
Silver Birch Basket II 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: Silver birch twigs, as yet unidentified twig
cm: Width 20cm, Depth 28cm, Height 23cm
inches: Width 7.9in, Depth 11in, Height 9.1in
Care Instructions Clean with dry dusting cloth only