Basketry Then and Now

In 2016 I was delighted to join a community engagement research project on First World War Baskets, called
Basketry Then and Now. The project is being led by the Everyday Lives in War Engagement Centre (ELIW), University of Hertfordshire and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

My involvement in the project has two strands to it.

I am researching FWW artillery shell baskets, made in their thousands for the transportation of shells to the Front. My focus has been primarily on an unusual shell basket held in the collection at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading. My aim has been to record, research and finally weave a replica of the basket. So far this has proved to be very challenging and a great opportunity to learn some new skills and work with new materials too. Alongside researching artillery shell baskets, I am continuing to progress my own creative project called Significant Figures.

The project covers many different areas of basketry during the First World War presented through films, blog posts, events and research. Please visit the
Basketry Then and Now website to access the project.


This is essentially a project with remembrance at its core. By combining my interest in maths with making, I am creating pieces that represent the facts and figures relating to my Grandmother's boyfriend Cecil, who was killed in France in 1916.

If you like to listen to my thoughts about why making this work is important to me, they have been sensitively put together by
A Human Love Story. Thank you Matt.
The recording lasts for approximately 10 minutes.
Being Loved-Being Wanted-Being Found.

I wil remember him sample

I hope to take this work out to groups as part of an illustrated talk 'Significant Figure', with addition of a supporting workshop. Please see the Talks page of the website. Alternatively if you would like some more information please get in touch.