Rachel Evans WheatcroftwillowWood and Willow Workshop, Froghall Wharf, Staffordshire Moorlands, ST10 2HJ Biography
I run my business, Wheatcroftwillow from my workshop in the heart of the Churnet Valley in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Drawing on my years of training and apprentice style learning I make a range of traditional British baskets as well as more creative, contemporary work. Using natural colours and weaves, I can create a piece of work for your home or garden that is both beautiful and is made to last.
I grow my own willow, using organic principles, providing habitat for insects and small mammals. Growing my own willow locally reduces my carbon footprint from shipping willow across the country. I grow unusual varieties that add colour and interest to my work. I feel it is important to try and live lightly upon the earth and this includes my business
Our ancestors often gathered materials from around their homes to use in the making of functional baskets, developing a deep knowledge of plants and their uses. In 2020, due to lockdown, I started experimenting with other natural and wild materials found near my home, bark, garden plants, rush and hazel. I feel this use of local and natural resources is becoming more relevant to todays society, using what we have locally in a low impact way to create beautiful items that last.
My work is available from my website, or you can commission me to make a more bespoke design to suit your home. www.wheatcroftwillow.co.ukInterests
- Living Willow
- Rush (Basketry)
- Splint Wood / Oak
- Willow (Basketry)
- Willow Coffins
- Willow Sculpture