Willow Paper Basket

Annemarie O'Sullivan
£550
Willow Paper Basket by Annemarie O'Sullivan. Hand-crafted from willow that Annemarie grows herself, these modern paper baskets are a response to the materials she hand gathers from the land. Annemarie's work draws on the sturdiness of agricultural baskets, the curves of the landscape and a deep respect for ancient crafts. This square based basket upsets to a round opening and is topped with two simple looped leather handles.
Material: Willow, Leather Handles
Dimensions:
cm: Diameter 22cm, Height 44cm
inches: Diameter 8.7in, Height 17.3in
Care Instructions: The piece should be kept dry, it can be washed with warm water then dried thoroughly and quickly.

Process

The process of handcrafting this basket begins with a steam bent, square willow frame. Much of the initial setup requires careful knifework to make rounded corners on the frame and to cut the scalloms, or grooves in the stakes which tie around the frame. The sides are woven using Annemarie’s favourite and signature weave, that she likes to call the ‘double double French rand’. The basket is beautifully edged with a strong rod border.
The Maker Annemarie O'Sullivan Basket Maker - South East England

Based in East Sussex, Annemarie O'Sullivan makes contemporary baskets using ancient British basket-making techniques. Annemarie grows around twenty varieties of willow, which she harvests by hand on a half-acre plot near her home. Working from a wooden studio in her garden, Annemarie creates both small-scale domestic objects and larger woven sculptures. Her baskets have been featured in The New York Times, The Irish Times, House and Garden and Country Living.

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