A New Year

The new year gets off to a busy start with some interesting garden design projects in Bath, Sherborne and France. I have also spent the holiday working on some new sculptural forms using materials harvested from my garden.

These ‘sun baskets’ are made from Iris, Sisyrinchium and bulrush leaves harvested from the garden during the summer and autumn months, stored dry and then soaked for use.

Using the ancient technique of ‘looping’, the leaves are twisted into cordage at the same time as weaving the basket form. This is a slow process requiring lots of practice but once mastered an array of things can be made using properly prepared materials and no tools other than your hands – slow but satisfying work!

‘sun baskets’