All of our tutors are experts in their fields and have been working with us for many years. Each bring their own style to weaving the willow be that as conventional basket makers or as abstract art form. We try to use a number of tutors offering different skills to bring in fresh ideas to make Musgrove Willow Courses truly unique.
“Being a Basketmaker covers a wide range of activity now. I use natural materials, plastics, wire, strings, cardboard strips and paper to make containers and sculptures in a wide variety of scales and forms. The techniques I use are not only those traditionally associated with UK and European basket making practice but ones which originate from across the world.”
She is a NAFAS qualified area demonstrator, regularly produces work for design/floral magazines and works all over the country teaching her speciality- utilising willow within contemporary floral sculptures and structures.
She works for museums, councils, hospitals and schools and demonstrates/exhibits at numerous national events.
Sophie’s work has been featured in many national publications and gardening magazines including Somerset Life. She enjoys teaching children and adults of all abilities and takes great pleasure in seeing students that have little or no previous experience of willow, taking home a sculpture they have created.
Sarah is happy to teach, demonstrate and give talks on basketry and willow sculpture.
Basket making attracted my attention at a Craft Show in 1993. On joining the Basketmakers’ Association I attended several courses and eventually became a professional basket maker starting the business with my wife Diane in 2001.
I am honoured to be a Yeoman member of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers. Commonly referred to as a wicker basket the word wicker is believed to be of Swedish origin, vikker meaning willow and the verb wika to bend or fold.