Artwork for Frances Keenan
I make baskets to use in every day life, made with locally grown unstripped willow. They are beautiful and functional. I love the fact that they can be created with minimal noise or electricity, and have very little if any negative impact on our earth.
This is a way for me to express myself in a way that can be seen and the work involved brings me into nature, the outdoors, into the elements, and helps me connect with the earth in a felt way. I love seeing people using my baskets in their lives.
Basket maker, teacher and willow grower
I run regular workshops in various places around the county and teach individuals in my workshop in Ewyas Harold.
I went to Glasgow to learn to weave on a loom, but have ended up weaving willow after working with various master crafts men and women around England and Ireland.
I’ve taken some years out to bring up a family and am just returning to be a maker again, so no exhibitions in the last 3 years.
I plan to do the odd fair as I get back into this world.