Basket-making

17th January 2024
The heavy snow here on Skye this week has paused work planting the new willow beds and harvesting willow rods. Perfect weather for weaving, sledging and baking with the kids. My baskets are improving, they are becoming less wobbly and wonky. I'm beginning to understand what each variety of willow that I grow here can do, and how to select the best rods for each basket. Soaking is still a challenge, adapting soaking times as the weather changes over the year. I'm a much better basket-maker now than I was this last time last year, but there is so much I want to learn in 2024.

If you would like to discuss pricing and commissions please email laura@wildlifecroftskye.co.uk

You can see more photographs of my baskets and follow my progress on Instagram (laura.cunningham.basketmaker).

I will be exhibiting five baskets in the Foyer Gallery at Inverness Art Gallery and Museum from the 21st of February until the 6th of April.

I am grateful for an Early Career Bursary from Creative Scotland (there is a VACMA round currently open for applications) to visit Ireland again this summer and spend an immersive week with Hanna Van Aelst. Thank you to everyone who has bought a basket from me, and encouraged me over the last year. I love looking back on 2023, and how happy I am to be growing willow and making these baskets. I'm looking forward to another year of basket-making adventures.

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