Willow Exploration 44

Maggie Smith
Willow Exploration 44 forms part of a series of innovative work which utilises the willow Maggie Smith grows and harvests herself. With each piece created, Maggie learns something new about what the material can do – and how it can be used. This particular decorative object was born from an investigation into hinging, using her material. The resulting container employs several different craft techniques to knit and cobble willow shaves with willow bark. This is a one-off piece, created exclusively for The New Craftsmen.

Material: Willow rods, willow bark
Dimensions: Height: 13cm, Length: 14.5cm, Width: 5cm
Care Instructions: Keep dry, colours may fade in strong direct sunlight
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This piece was made by hand using several different craft techniques. Maggie has partly hinged sections of bark to create a vessel, then created a base with a covered core coiling technique using bark as the core. The individual elements were 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.