Autumn Courses 2017 - Dominic Parrette, The Watercress Basket of Kent and East Sussex

Course Information

Basketmakers’ Association Autumn Courses 2017
Westhope College, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9JL
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th September

Dominic Parrette
The Watercress Basket of Kent and East Sussex

Dominic is a Basketmaker specialising in frame baskets and trugs with many years teaching rural crafts at venues including The Museum of English Rural Life and West Dean.

This Kent Watercress basket has materialised through a collaboration between Mary Butcher and Dominic Parrette to accurately revive it’s making in split willow. It hails from the River Stour area where Gypsies were living and making in the late 1970’s, using wild willow to construct a basket most likely used for gathering watercress to take to market.

The analysis of two very battered remnants and a third larger version from another area of Kent has resulted in this elegant light weight frame basket with thin splints and a high handle. It has a flat base formed by the sharp bend in the handle rod, which is doubled at the bottom, one end lying on top of the other.

Come to Shropshire to learn under Dominic’s expert tuition how to select and split appropriate willow to construct this almost lost gem of Kent basketry.

Cost of materials approximately £15.
Suitable for more experienced makers.

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