Artwork for Clair Murphy
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.
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.
I am a basketmaker making baskets from rush.
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.
In 2011 I completed a four year City and Guilds advanced diploma in basketmaking at the City Lit Institute in London.
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
Made in the Marches Gallery, Kington
Studer Gallery, Presteigne