The asymmetric border which gives the effect of a long sloping curve was designed by Polish basketmaker Stanislaw Dziubak in 1997, so in basketry terms this is a modern technique. Many basketmakers are enjoying using this fabulous border. I have been experimenting with the technique for a couple of years, increasing the scale of the baskets, using fine willows on a large scale and adding coloured willows to the sides of the baskets to give a painterly surface.
On this small scale basket i added extra side stakes to give a delicate, fine weave. The red willows we grew last year were so vibrant due to the intense hot summer. They have a gorgeous warm colour ( not captured in this image) and i mixed them with warm brown and cool greens.
The willow is grown organically here in King’s Cliffe.
Originally designed as a non-functional basket, some customers who buy these baskets do find a use for them.
Dimensions: H37cm x W24cm