Frame baskets…

Karen Lawrence basketry, frame baskets course.

Tony and Sue made frame baskets today, a retirement gift from work colleagues. I was told they were ‘good at stuff like this’ but had never made a basket before.

They didn’t put a weaver wrong all day. Amazing. 😊 #willow #willowbasket #basketcourse #framebasket #rushandwillow #basketryinthesunshine @star_wing_brewery #funwithfriendsandfamily #learnsomethingnew

Garden basket workshop…

Karen Lawrence Basketry workshop

Back in lovely Cley yesterday @nwtcleycentre with this amazing bunch. They worked really hard on these garden baskets. I was super impressed how focused they stayed all day. All of the square bases were impressively ‘square’ and they mastered the end borders and ties beautifully. Well done everyone 😊

willow #willowworkshop #workshop #willowgardenbasket #gardenbasket #learnsomethingnee #funwithfriendsandfamily #makesomethingbeautifulanduseful

Willow bark pouch…

I made this little willow bark pouch with my basketry group, The Basketry Collective on Tuesday. I love the border and will definitely use it again. The twinning was done using waxed linen thread.

Karen Lawrence Basketry

The instructions were kindly shared by Joan Carriagon via the @basketmakersassociation. You can see examples in different materials @sally_roach_basketry

#willowbark #willowpouch bark pouch #funwithfriends #meetandmake #thebasketrycollective

Sisters…

Karen Lawrence Basketry

Sister to yesterday’s basket/bowl collaboration with @themudslinger_pottery
This one is made with willow bark. It’s an amazing material. Taking time to harvest the bark, cut it into strips, twist into cordage and then coil it invests you in the final piece on so many levels!
I love the texture and smell of this lid probably a little too much 😂

willowbark #bark #barklid #willowbarklid #ceramicandwillowbowl #collaboration #coiling #barkcoiling #willowbarkcoiling #thebasketryassociation #theworshipfulcompanyofbasketmakers #thebasketrycollective

Collaboration…

Karen Lawrence Basketry

Another piece from the exhibition. This was a collaboration with @themudslinger_pottery
I made a lot of rush cordage and coiled the lid to fit onto Julia’s lovely bowl with waxed linen thread.

Finished with a willow toggle and leather pull at the front. Love the texture the cordage brings to the lid.
#collaboration #mixingmedia #ceramicsandrush #coiling #cordage #rushcordage #rushcoiling #willowtoggles #leather #finishingtouches #madeinsuffolk #thebasketmakersassociation #theworshipfulcompanyofbasketmakers #yeomanbasketmaker

Tea for two…

Karen Lawrence Basketry

I thought I’d share this trio of hampers I made for the Exhibition last week. I wanted to offer some traditional pieces along side, more sculptural non functional work.

Made from white willow, they are sturdy and large enough for a picnic for two 😊

@karen_lawrence_basketry #whitewillowhamper #willowhamper #domedliddedhamper #liddedhamper #picnichamper #hamperfortwo #teafortwo #traditionalbasket #madeinsuffolk #basketmakersassociation #worshipfulcompanyofbasketmakers #yeomanbasketmaker

Unexpected art work…

Well the art exhibition is over. It has been amazing! So well attended and so much gorgeous art work sold. Thank you to everyone that came and all those who supported us in so many ways.

We had an unexpected delivery on Saturday morning. A possible Banksy? It’s still unverified but it created a great deal of buzz and chatter. 😊

Only a few days to go…

Rickinghall Art Fair opens this Friday at 10am. The church has been cleared, exhibition boards and tables are up and amazing work has started to arrive. Do come along if you can.

At St Mary’s church, Rickinghall. Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th August. 10am-4pm each day. 28 different artists from all over East Anglia. Parking and toilets available in the village hall behind the church in Hinderclay road. Refreshments and shop open throughout the exhibition in the church.

Rickinghall art fair…

Karen Lawrence basketry

I’m calling this one ‘the little Red Riding Hood’. I think she would have liked this basket. Plenty of room for treats for grandma.

For sale at the Rickinghall Art Fair, at St Mary’s church, Rickinghall, in the shop. There will also be cards and prints for sale in this area so come and have a look! August 13th,14th and 15th. 10am-4pm.

willow #willowbasket #carryyourtreats #rickinghallartfair #augustartfair #suffolkartfair #madeinsuffolk.

Rickinghall Art Fair.

I’m helping to organise this exhibition with @carolinesomervilledesign. Do come along if you can. August 13th,14th and 15th. 10am-4pm each day.

We have 28 East Anglian artists showing their work, there will be a wide variety from basketry 😊 to prints and paintings, ceramics to photography. I’m really excited about seeing it all come together and it will be lovely to see as many people as possible there.

Parking available in Rickinghall village hall. #rickinghallartfair #artfairinsuffolk #eastanglianartists