Welsh Cyntell Basket

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Welsh Cyntell Basket

165.00

Lin Lovekin planted a modest willow bed on her small holding in the depths of Cornwall 20 years ago. Today she grows a whole lot more willow than she originally started with, varieties such as Dicky Meadows & Brittany Blue. Lins craft of basketry is a methodical, time consuming process that takes years to learn. This is evident in each of her pieces, the skill and traditional weaving techniques that she uses show off her knowledge of the craft that has changed little in hundreds of years. Basket makers performed a role in communities that may seem lost in today’s world of mass production, however Lin Lovekin is testament to a good honest skill dying hard.

Using varieties of willow grown on her own land and bought in from the Somerset levels, Lin has produced a Basket that is strong, functional and very good looking. This Welsh Cyntell Basket has split willow ribs giving the strength, with a willow rim holding it all together. Traditionally used in agriculture these baskets have a whole host of functions for use today; Lin uses hers for laundry, they could also be used around the garden as a large trug or hung up in the home as a sculptural object. The colour of this piece is utterly beautiful, subtle greens and browns give it an earthy tone with the stripped willow running through the frame as a pale contrast.

(W)51 x (H)23cm

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