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Jenny Pearce

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How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I work with unstripped willow preferring the texture and colour, making functional baskets. I love working with a natural material and derive great satisfaction from growing the material I work with.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Being a Craftsperson gives me the freedom to explore my own creativity and allows me to control my own working life. I have always wanted to have a 'way of life' rather than a separate working and home life. Being such an ancient craft, with the same techniques being used today as they were thousands of years ago, I feel a connection to our ancestors when I am weaving. I have immense respect for the people who developed the skill of basketmaking and I am proud to be able to play a small part in carrying on the tradition.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a Willow Basketmaker

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

I started out in Textiles, spending a year at the London College of Furniture on a Constructed Textiles course. It was this course that gave me a passion for making and eventually led me in the direction of willow weaving. I learned my craft mostly in the West of Ireland but also from expert basketmakers in England and France.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Worcestershire Guild Exhibitions at the 3 Counties Showground Malvern (Spring Festival and Autumn Show) annually.
Craftworks with the Worcestershire Guild at Emslie House in Malvern
Designed for Christmas at the Weavers Gallery in Ledbury - Annual show.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

I sell through Shows with the Worcestershire Guild (see Exhibitions above) and during Herefordshire Art Week.

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