Dipsacus sativus teasel basket dyed black with Indian ink and filled with hooked teasels. Looks rather like the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter
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Paper rope woven into an unfinished cylinder like shape. Size still based on the capacity of a bushel. Cylinder ‘stuffed’ with goose and dove feathers. This is VERY fragile.
This really works and ends up looking rather like umbilical cord. As usual I managed to ‘rope’ in a friend to help me in the making. Once done you start to weave and realise its potential.
I’ve now started playing with materials to make ‘bushel’ baskets in response to the brief for Stoke sub Hamdon tithe barn. The aim to to produce a mixture or ‘traditional’ and contemporary and make them colourful so they brighten up the barn. So, I’ve been thinking about materials for quite some time, natural and man […]