Alison Dickens

Alison Dickens

Sculptural and decorative basketry


I make organic, sculptural forms in willow brought from Somerset and delicate coiled and plaited vessels in bark and other plant materials harvested from gardens and roundabouts.

Alison's work is mainly contemporary but calls on a rich and varied craft tradition. She is drawn to sculptural forms, which for her echo the high curves and low curves of spare open landscapes: the Yorkshire Wolds and Dales, Norfolk and Suffolk coasts, estuaries and tidal mudflats; and the forms and patterns made by water, wind and wave.
Alison found basketmaking after a career in urban regeneration and loved it instantly. She had never thought of making the objects she’d been seeing, buying and admiring on her travels. And baskets in this country had become for her, as for many people, invisible – ubiquitous holders of stuff. Since then she has taken courses with well-known basketmakers & trained for two years on the City Lit Basketry Course, completing 2017.
She has exhibited at Craft Central, the Crypt Gallery, Kindred Studios & the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers' 450th Anniversary Fair. Upcoming: Start Up, Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival 2019; Ruthin Craft Centre



Cockpit Arts Awards

  • 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2019
    The Cockpit Arts/ The worshipful Company of Basketmakers' Award
  • 08/04/2018 - 30/09/2018
    The London Creative Network Programme

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Sculptural and decorative basketry in willow and other plant materials


Sculptural and decorative basketry in willow and other plant materials