Eirian Jones Muse

Boderwyddon, Lon y Bryn, Carmel, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Ll547AN Biography


My background is in design and technology and teaching, I have been making textile products all my life. My discovery of willow was recent and by accident. I produce willow baskets , mostly backpacks and they are unique and handmade, designed by the maker. They are made at my North Wales workshop which overlooks the Irish Sea, on the edge of the beautiful Nantlle Valley. The name of my business is from the Welsh word "helyg" which means willow and "Lleu" the hero of Welsh mythology, who appears in the fourth branch of the Mabinogi. The Nantlle Valley is associated with being the main setting of the story of Lleu Llaw Gyffes, Blodeuwedd and Gwydion. Willow from a renewable source is used and mixed with Welsh woollen tweeds, a distinctive characteristic of my work,  to make colourful baskets. They are designed to be used as shopping or bike baskets; for storage or as interior design objects. Sustainable, biodegradable and renewable product. I grow 12 varieties of willow for my own use which I incorporate in my basketry. More recently, I have been teaching workshops for schools and in the community in willow work and lantern making mostly  the medium of Welsh.

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  • Basketry
  • Traditional
  • Willow (Basketry)