Willow Tiffin Carrier

Maggie Smith
£3,060
Willow Tiffin Carrier by Maggie Smith 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. This piece is inspired by a tiffin carrier, with various sections made in a huge variety of techniques. Made using willow grown in her garden, Maggie showcases the versatility of the plant by incorporating every part, including the leaves, wood, bark and roots.


Material: Willow
Dimensions:
cm: Width 20cm, Depth 12cm, Height 40cm
inches: Width 7.9in, Depth 4.7in, Height 15.7in
Care Instructions: Keep out of direct sunlight as some plant materials tend to fade over time. Remove dust with feather dust or compressed air. If taking apart, ensure to put back together in the same orientation & sequence as when supplied to avoid damage.

Process

For this piece Maggie incorporated twenty different techniques in the making process. These include ‘green wood techniques’ such as splitting, shaving, carving and bending; ‘basketry techniques’ such as plaiting, twining, looping, stake and stand, cobbling, skeining, covered core coiling, random weave, hexagonal plaiting, cording and assembly; and ‘craft techniques’ such as bobbin knitting, papermaking and needle felting.
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.