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Clair Murphy

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How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

Rush is a textural material, and I tend to weave it into functional baskets. I am constantly fascinated by single strands of material becoming strong, 3D objects which are beautiful and useful.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

When I started making baskets I felt my hands had found what they were meant to do. There is a rhythm to basketmaking, both in terms of the seasons - I cut rush from rivers in summer, dry it and then weave the rest of the year - and in the making - where weaves form their own mathematical patterns as they grow.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a basketmaker making baskets from rush.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I generally make to commission as well as selling online and through galleries. I am a member of a collaborative group of artisans showing in the Made in the Marches Gallery in Kington. I teach regularly, holding monthly courses in Kington. I also teach across the UK by invitation and am a member of Creative Breaks, a group of artists and makers promoting arts and crafts courses in Herefordshire and surrounding counties.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

In 2011 I completed a four year City and Guilds advanced diploma in basketmaking at the City Lit Institute in London.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Recent exhibitions include

The Heritage Crafts Association - Heritage Crafts in Wales - Turner House Gallery, Penarth, Cardiff.

The Oxfordshire Basketmakers - Material Conversations - Radley School, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Made in the Marches Gallery, Kington

Studer Gallery, Presteigne

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