Alison found basketmaking after a career in urban regeneration and loved it instantly. Since then she has taken short courses with a number of well-known basketmakers and trained for two years on the City Lit Basketry Course, completing in 2017.
Her 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.
She is the winner of the Cockpit Arts/ The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ Award 2019; and has exhibited at Craft Central, the Crypt Gallery, Kindred Studios and the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ 450th Anniversary Fair.
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