My basketmaking practice arises from a life spent living in the wilds of Britain travelling with horses and wagons.Ever since I felt the good feeling of being and living outside,in a holistic,elemental and natural way,I have pursued it.Along my travels I made my first basket around a fire on the chalk hills of Dorset.To create a living in a sustainable and environmentally sound way has been integral to my life.
Bringing together the tactile and visually beautiful qualities of willow I aim to produce baskets for everyday use,which enhance the act of carrying or storing,collecting,foraging.I aim to create with integrity and a respect for our planet.
The occupation of transforming raw natural materials into objects of beauty and purpose is an endlessly engaging aspiration.It ties in naturally with the earthy practice of living with my horses and reflects my long nurtured close relationship with the natural world.Willow is a versatile,renewable and resilient plant,qualities which I think have great significance in our rapidly changing world.
I work with English (Somerset and Sussex) grown willow,rush and other materials from the hedgerow and coppice,hazel,sycamore,chestnut,sometimes elm and oak,creating traditional and contemporary baskets for everyday use.Shoppers,log, laundry and garden /foraging baskets.
I sell at Makers/Designers markets/fairs,sometimes Lewes farmers market,and other events local to Sussex such as Bentley Wood fair,Artists open houses in Brighton and coming up at Charleston makers fair.Customers can also buy directly from me.
Currently I am based on the edge of Brighton for the winter months,migrating into the deep Sussex Weald in the summer where I live in my wagon,harvest materials and make much of my work .I have lived and continue to live the best part of my life off grid and immersed in nature,in a long conversation with the seasons and wild animals.
I also teach beginners basketry,small private groups,or one to one by arrangement and day workshops at nearby locations,see my Instagram page @lisa.dear.maker