Learning to weave seats and baskets has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I am passionate about expanding and developing my knowledge by travelling across countries to discover traditional weaving styles. At the same time, I promote heritage craft, sourcing my materials from Somerset, working with other established basketmakers and craftspeople.
In 2011, I took the Creative Basketry course at City Lit where I learned traditional and contemporary basket-weaving techniques. In 2013, after I completed the course I worked as an apprentice at John Lawler’s antique restoration workshop. John Lawler is a second-generation Irish seat weaver and upholsterer based in North London, who became my mentor in traditional upholstery. In his workshop, I also got the opportunity to work on traditional cane and rush chairs. In 2017, I set up my own seat-weaving business. I repair cane and rush chairs as well as rattan furniture.
Since 2018 I have specialised in repairing rattan chairs for hotels . More recently, I undertook a significant conservation project to restore traditional Ladder and Spindle Back Rush chairs for Dr Johnson’ s House. A Grade 1 Listed small historic town house in the City of London.
I am a member of the Heritage Craft Association and this year I have joined the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’. At present, I am working collaboratively with a furniture restorer, Tony Holohan, and building a local reputation for work done to a professional standard.