Learning to weave seats and baskets has been one of the greatest experiences of my life.
Ever since I took the Creative Basketry course at City Lit in 2011, learning both traditional and contemporary basket-weaving techniques, I have been passionate to expand and develop my knowledge by travelling across countries to discover traditional weaving styles. After I completed the course I got the chance to work as an apprentice at John Lawler’s antique restoration workshop in 2013. 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 chance to work on traditional cane and rush chairs.
After working for John for five years, I set up my own seat-weaving business in 2017. I repair cane and rush chairs as well as wicker furniture.
I have been repairing wicker chairs for hotels since 2018, and more recently, undertook a significant conservation project to repair traditional rush chairs for Dr Johnson’ House.