Weekend inspiration – MARY BUTCHER willow work

WEEKEND INSPIRATION

Having seen a blog post by SIT( Stroud international textiles – of which I am a member) I went to see the work of Mary Butcher at the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen in Cheltenham. She is a willow weaver by definition but her work is far more inspiration and innovative than a standard willow basket. What fascinated me the most was the simplicity of her work and how the willow was secured by cable ties. I bought a small book but also took a photo (with permission) of the piece on display.

Mary Butcher - willow work in window at Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen.

Mary Butcher – willow work in window at Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen.

Mary Butcher - willow work in window at Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen - detail showing use of cable ties.

Mary Butcher – willow work in window at Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen – detail showing use of cable ties.

 

This wasn’t on display but through another source I discovered she makes great woven bark and natural fibre bags – great inspiration for working with found items, wish I’d known about her for part one Exploring materials, found items !

Mary Butcher  - constructed bag from found materials.

Mary Butcher – constructed bag from found materials.

Links for websites where I first read about her work.

http://stroudinternationaltextiles.org.uk/futureevents.html

http://guildcrafts.org.uk/maker-focus/

 

 

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