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Annemarie O’Sullivan

Annemarie O’Sullivan Basketweaver
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For the love of willow

  • • Annemarie makes baskets from willow she grows herself
  • • The willow must be harvested, sorted and dried before using
  • • Her favourite willow is a slender rod with a grey-green hue

Swimming underwater was Annemarie O’Sullivan’s childhood obsession, and when she made her first basket at the age of 30, she experienced a familiar sensation. “The movements had the same feeling of fluidity, repetition, building of momentum, intensity and freedom as swimming underwater gave me.” That was on a one-day course, but so captivated was she by the experience that before long she enrolled on a five-year, part-time course at City Lit in London, where she is now the lead willow tutor. Annemarie grows her own varieties of willow near her home in Sussex and from these weaves all manner of objects. Some are functional, others more sculptural, such as a recent body of work for the brand Hauser & Wirth.

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Photo: © Jonathan Bassett
Fish Kettle

Fish Kettle plays on the form of a traditional pan or kettle used for poaching fish. The base is made of steam-bent willow and the main body woven in a traditional English randing weave, creating a subtle spiral pattern.

Length 77 cm
Height 30 cm
Diameter 22 cm

Photo: © Jonathan Bassett
Line Scull

This large frame basket is based on forms traditionally used for holding fishing line. The shapes of the baskets vary from region to region. This piece was influenced by Welsh and Irish frame baskets.

Length 77 cm
Height 29 cm
Diameter 75 cm

Photo: © Jonathan Bassett
White Trap

This vessel was inspired by the details and intricacies of fishing baskets. It is made from stripped white Somerset willow with cane bindings.

Length 74 cm
Height 73 cm

Photo: © Jonathan Bassett
Oyster Basket

These pieces are based on traditional French oyster baskets. Made from sweet chestnut and willow, the sturdy baskets are great for storing logs or blankets.

Length 54 cm
Width 50 cm
Height 33 cm

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