Willow & Bark Frame Basket II

Maggie Smith
Inspired by a fusion of elements, Willow & Bark Frame Basket II by Maggie Smith, combines a traditional Spanish split wood frame basket, with a Danish frame basket. Using her in-depth knowledge of weaving and available materials as inspiration, Maggie’s piece is handmade using thick bark strips to weave the shape of the vessel, with knitted bark sections to complete the form. A piece of exquisite craftsmanship, Maggie makes contemporary baskets as well as sculptural forms and large vessels. This particular piece is a one-off, created exclusively for The New Craftsmen.

Material: Willow rods, willow bark
cm: Width 51.5cm, Depth 28cm, Height 20cm
inches: Width 20.3in, Depth 11in, Height 7.9in
Care Instructions: Keep dry, colours may fade in strong direct sunlight
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The body of this vessel is expertly woven from thick bark strips, and the rim is shaped by hollowing a section of willow wood – the material was grown and harvested by Maggie herself. Once each element is prepared, the piece is then assembled to finish.
The Maker Maggie Smith Basket Maker - East Midlands

Maggie Smith is a contemporary basket maker based in Northampton. Maggie has a willow bed in Essex, where she produces her materials as well as garething materials from the local countryside. Employing a range of traditional basketry techniques, Maggie Smith creates modern interior pieces, including sculptural forms, large vessels, and baskets. Whilst much of her inspiration comes from the natural world, she enjoys experimenting and exploring materials that feed her creativity and drive her practice forward.