Alison Dickens

Alison Dickens

Sculptural and decorative basketry

Biography

I make organic, sculptural forms in willow brought from Somerset and delicate 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. Since then she has taken courses with well-known basketmakers and trained for two years on the City Lit Basketry Course, completing 2017.
She has exhibited at Craft Central, the Crypt Gallery, Worshipful Company of Basketmakers' 450th Anniversary Fair, Chelsea Flower Show and most recently at Ruthin Craft Centre as part of ‘Basketry - function and ornament’, a major review of contemporary basketry in the UK

Services

Awards

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

other crafts

Sculptural and decorative basketry in willow and other plant materials

homeware

Sculptural and decorative basketry in willow and other plant materials