MAG­I­CAL WANDS

The en­chant­ing world of bas­ket weav­ing

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There seems to be some­thing cap­ti­vat­ing about the an­cient skill of bas­ket weav­ing. Af­ter just one work­shop, An­nemarie O’sul­li­van be­gan to lace wil­low in her dreams. Now, the Lewes-based artist uses the wands to make trays, stools and art in­stal­la­tions. Lorna Sin­gle­ton’s ma­te­rial of choice is oak. ‘I love the smell of it, like fresh ap­ples,’ says Sin­gle­ton, who cop­pices a patch of wood­land in south Cum­bria. Once cut, the stems are boiled to make them sup­ple enough to bend. In a sim­i­lar vein, Hi­lary Burns cre­ated a wo­ven seven-foot bust of Shakespeare for the Bri­tish Mu­seum to cel­e­brate the 400th an­niver­sary of his death in 2016. ‘Weav­ing is a way to con­nect with the Earth,’ says Sin­gle­ton. ‘Maybe it’s a re­bel­lion against our hi-tech world, but peo­ple are drawn to these nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als. It’s in­cred­i­bly re­fresh­ing.’ tf www.an­nemarieo­sul­li­van.co.uk. www.lor­nas­in­gle­ton.co.uk. www.hi­lary­burns.com

above: an­nemarie o’sul­li­van. left: lorna sin­gle­ton bas­ket weav­ing

left: ‘eggy bas­ket’ by lorna sin­gle­ton; bot­tom left: ‘the knit­ting bas­ket’ by hi­lary burns, both avail­able at the new crafts­men

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