We were honoured that G-lish’s recycled Bolga baskets were included in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art’s, Basketry, Making Human Arts exhibition which was shown between February to June this year.
You will see many weaving techniques that have been used to create designs ranging from simple geometric herringbone twill to the most complex sculptural forms. The works are made from a surprising variety of materials including traditional willow and cane, wire and recycled plastic. Other objects show the application of basketry designs for ceramics, glassware and caving.
Below, right, you can see G-lish baskets shown with recycled baskets from Thailand, India and other parts of the world.
Although the exhibition is over, there is a wonderful range of visual and textual information about basketry, worldwide, including films, images and textual information here, and a brilliant basketry teacher’s resource pack in PDF form.
While we are exposed to the excellent quality and skill of our basket weavers on a daily basis, we were fascinated, inspired and so impressed with the range of shapes, styles, textures, materials and skills from around the world in the exhibition and with the detail that the curators displayed–the diverse range of baskets and the research too. We felt that our basket makers were honoured by being chosen to be included in this exhibition. We hope, one day, we might have a gallery in Bolga and be able to host a similar, albeit smaller, exhibition ourselves!
The images are absolutely gorgeous: from small pieces to large sculptural installations. There are even mathematical formulas if you are so inclined!
We’d like to thank the Centre for granting us permission to use the images in our site. All images are credited to Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, PHOTO: Andy Crouch.