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 in 2017. She moved to Cockpit Arts in 2019.
She has exhibited at Flow Gallery, Chelsea Flower Show, Ruthin Craft Centre, in ‘Basketry - function and ornament’, a major review of contemporary basketry in the UK; and most recently as part of ‘The Natural Room’ at Sarah Myerscough Gallery as part of London Craft Week, 2020.
[Photographs of work by Sandra Reddin Photography}
Cockpit Arts Awards
01/01/2019 - 31/12/2019The Cockpit Arts/ The worshipful Company of Basketmakers' Award
08/04/2018 - 30/09/2018The London Creative Network Programme