Basketry – function and ornament at Ruthin Craft Centre

Practically everyone who is anyone in the world of British basketry is featured in “Basketry – function and ornament” at Ruthin Craft Centre in north Wales, so it’s well worth making the effort to visit this wonderful, inspiring exhibition, curated by Gregory Parsons.

As the title implies, the show includes everything from beautifully made functional baskets to pieces whose impact relies more on form than function. I must admit that I tend to be drawn towards the latter in the selection below.

Alison Dickens
Anna King
Anne Marie O’Sullivan
Clare Revera
Dail Behennah
Jane Crisp
Joe Hogan
Laura Ellen Bacon
Lise Bech
Lizzie Farey
Lois Walpole
Maggie Smith
Mandy Coates
Mary Butcher
Mary Crabb
Polly Pollock
Rachel Max
Sarah Paramor
Stella Harding
Tim Johnson

“Basketry – function and ornament” runs at the Ruthin Craft Centre until 13 October 2019.

As you  may have gathered from all these recent posts on basketry, it’s an area in which I have developed quite an interest. So much so that I have signed up for the two-year City Lit basketry course. This is quite a commitment, but I’m really looking forward to starting on 19 September.

Look out for a few more basketry posts in future! 😉

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6 thoughts on “Basketry – function and ornament at Ruthin Craft Centre”

  1. Wow what a glorious collection, if I lived nearer I would pay a visit. I’m sure you’ve not photographed everything but I like your choice Kim. There are some stunning pieces.
    I’m not surprised that you have signed up to a course as I’ve seen your interest growing and developing through your posts. Good luck, it will be hard work but it will stretch you which I think is what you now need.

  2. It’s amazing to see the variety – and the imagination that has gone into these. It’s great to be able to go on a course for something you care about. I did that with my photography a few years ago and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. 🙂

      1. I loved going back and being a mature student of something I love, so I’d always encourage others to take that chance if they get it. The new things you learn make all the effort worthwhile and I found that I also had lots of extra confidence in my work. Have fun! 🙂

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