‘Weaving Magic’ Featured Article in Venture Magazine – June ’23
In the latest edition of Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management’s Venture Magazine I feature in a lovely 3 page article written by Jane Fitzgerald about her experience of being taught a Beginners Round Willow Basket by myself at RHS Rosemoor in North Devon.
You can read the article below in which I especially like the following passages:
Sarah Le Breton is certainly not anonymous – her sculptural baskets are highly sought after. Working from traditional basket forms, she makes them her own. “I ask the questions: ‘If I had this basket, what would be the ultimate shape or form that I would love? How does it feel to hold? What will this basket be used for?’
“People don’t realise you’re weaving it yourself or that this is a slow craft. The reason I can even begin to make a basket viable is because I learned from commercial makers. The method and techniques they use are faster and more efficient.”
The article concludes, ‘Whether Sarah is rescuing an Orkney chair, experimenting with the interior of a VW camper, or teaching basketmaking, she throws herself into it with formidable energy and, it has to be said, her skills are second to none.’
Thank you to Jane for the interview and making a Beginners Round Willow basket with me. Thank you also to RHS Rosemoor, for whom I’ve taught for regularly over the past 4 years. Rosemoor run short courses year-round, including on horticulture, wildlife and arts and crafts. To book my next workshop at Rosemoor and make a Cut Flower Willow Basket on the 14th & 15th July head to rhs.org.uk