Current Exhibitions

20 July to 13 October 2019

Basketry: Function & Ornament 

Ruthin Craft Centre, Gallery 1 & 3

Lise Bech, Dail Behennah, Mary Butcher, Mandy Coates, John Cowan, Mary Crabb, Jane Crisp, Jenny Crisp, Alison Dickens, Laura Ellen Bacon, Lizzie Farey, Rosie Farey, Eddie Glew, Charlie Groves, Stella Harding, Joe Hogan, Peter Howcroft, Tim Johnson, Anna King, Rachel Max, Annemarie O’Sullivan, Sarah Paramor, Dominic Parette, Polly Pollock, Ruth Pybus & David Brown, Clare Revera, Caroline Sharp, Lorna Singleton, Maggie Smith, Lois Walpole

A truly ancient craft, Basketry still adheres to its basic principles and methods of construction, albeit in myriad forms. Contemporary practitioners combine materials and techniques, using both traditional and modern ways of making to spectacular effect. Basketry: Function & Ornament looks at current practice of some thirty makers from throughout the UK. It brings together functional vernacular work from various parts of the country, alongside pieces that are sculptural and ornamental. It is a survey of a craft that has been somewhat sidelined in times of great technological advances, yet offers a sustainable answer to so much of our modern day throw-away habits.

Curated by Gregory Parsons.


 15 June to 3 August 2019

"Bags, Bottles & Baskets" – solo show

Inverness Museum and Gallery, Scotland: Foyer Gallery

Description, courtesy of Inverness Museum:

In this collection Sarah Paramor explores materials that inspire her — everything from corsetry boning to tape measures, moss to maps — making unconventionalbags, bottle-covers and baskets fit for the runway. 

Listing on Craft Scotland website 

This project has been supported by a Highland Visual Artist & Craft Maker Award.


Past Exhibitions

Worshipful Company of Basketmakers 450th Anniversary Trade Fair: "Basketry: Weaving the Circle of Life"

The Old Library at Guildhall
Tuesday 19th February 2019
   

This was a wonderful celebration of basketry, with an extraordinary collection of varied baskets in one room! 

Sarah exhibited work in two materials (hairmoss and corsetry boning) on two stands:

Basketmakers' Dozen 

Scottish Basketmakers' Circle 

Isobel Wylie Hutchison Collection

October 2018, Carlowrie Castle, Scotland

“A Bag for Isobel”, a plaited hairmoss bag, is part of this Craft Design House collaboration,  exclusive to Carlowrie Castle, @carlowrie_castle . Photo by Anna Deacon Photography 

For more information, visit the Carlowrie Castle website

Woven Together: Scottish Basketmakers Circle Exhibition

April 2018, Touring Scotland

“Crow’s Feather Basket” touring as part of this 2018 exhibition to celebrate 30 years of the SBC.

Knitting and Stitching Spring 2018

March 2018, Olympia, London

“Variations on a Flamingo” and “Crow’s Feather Basket” chosen for inclusion on the City Lit “Making” stand.

Inspired By... 

May 2016, Morley Gallery, London

“Variations on a Flamingo” was chosen for inclusion in this exhibition of work inspired by items in the V&A’s collection.

See more in the Inspired By catalogue.

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