West London basket maker Eleanor Morgan, ‘has always been a maker’. She has a fine art degree and before basketry, her passion was within textiles, including knitting, patchwork, embroidery and soft sculpture.
Eleanor’s work is ‘all about provenance’. Historically, willow was grown in communities to make essential baskets for daily life. Today, it’s a question of foraging. ‘Some of the handles here were foraged from Borth Ealing, some from Newmarket and I grew a small amount on my allotment in Isleworth,’ says Eleanor.
Eleanor has created two exclusively commissioned baskets that meld utility and function with a purely sculptural form. The handles are in solid bent willow, and both baskets are made in the traditional ‘stake-and-strand' style.
Medium round willow basket
29 x 42cm
Large zigzag willow basket
38 x 49cm
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