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Maggie Smith

Inspiration for my work comes from the materials around me and both the natural and man-made world.

A piece may start from a found object, which I build a form around, often using materials from the same location.

My ability to use such materials is rooted in the discipline of traditional basketry and craft techniques. I strive to perfect these techniques, but also feel compelled to experiment and explore.

Equally I’m fascinated by the relationship between maker and material and how this is enhanced by exploration.  

Recent work has focused on willow.

During the process of growing, harvesting, and experimentation (literally deconstructing the willow), I gain an intimate knowledge, of the material, which enhances the creative process.

I often find the work evolves and changes, taking new or unexpected form or direction, as I problem solve, listen to and collaborate with the material. It is this metamorphosis that I find both challenging and exciting. With each new piece I learn! Seeing the willow in all its guises, different forms, textures and colours; finding new things I can do, new things the willow can do, all inspire me on to the next piece.

These ongoing discoveries continue my willow obsession and in a new series of work I am celebrating the versatility of this wonderful material.

Also I’m once again enjoying applying this process of exploration and experimentation to new materials and techniques.

I am a member of The Basketmakers’ Association and the Northants Guild of Designer Craftsmen.

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