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Esmé Hofman

Esmé Hofman Basketweaver
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Dutch, English, German, French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+31 521383051
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Beyond the borders of basketry

  • • Esmé trained at the German basketry school in Lichtenfels
  • • Her repertoire was enriched by fellow craftsmen and crafts
  • • Her work ranges from the traditional to the contemporary

Basketmaker Esmé Hofman likes to push the boundaries of her craft. Her colourful works use natural stems, leaves and bark as well as wire, plastics, vellum and paper, while her techniques include coiling, plaiting, and stake and strand. She also creates woven furniture, and specialises in fine skein work. “As a modern craftswoman, I am prepared to look beyond the borders of this traditional craft. This gives me freedom to explore creative possibilities and generates other ways of making,” she says. Nowadays the designer, who trained in the town known as Germany’s basketmaking capital, works with and for designers, artists, museums and private costumers.

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Works

  • © Haye Bijstra
  • © Haye Bijstra
  • © Haye Bijstra
  • © Haye Bijstra
  • © Haye Bijstra
Photo: © Haye Bijstra
Herb Gathering Basket

Esme crafted this replica of a traditional German basket as part of her training in Germany. It is characteristic of her passion for drawing on ancient weaving traditions to create contemporary pieces.

Height 33 cm
weight 22 cm
Length 35 cm

Photo: © Haye Bijstra
Dish

This woven dish with a hexagonal pattern is based on traditional Japanese basketry weaves. Esme draws her inspiration not only from the rich European tradition of basket weaving but also from other countries, resulting in the creation of contemporary, innovative pieces.

Height 22 cm
weight cm
Length 6 cm

Photo: © Haye Bijstra
Clock Bag

This handbag was designed and hand-woven from willow rods especially for Meesterlijk, the Dutch Arts and Crafts fair, where it received the curator’s distinction. Esme enjoys making aesthetic, high-quality products, creating a bridge between traditional techniques and contemporary designs, often working with artists, designers, museums or customers to provide truly unique pieces.

Height 15 cm
weight cm
Length 6 cm

Photo: © Haye Bijstra
Urns

Many people consider baskets to be warm, appealing features of their homes. For this reason, Esme had the idea of using this material to craft these attractive urns, designed to hold the ashes of loved ones.

Height 33 cm
weight cm
Length 21 cm

Photo: © Haye Bijstra
Black Bag

Esme based this brown willow handbag on a 200-year-old woven basket design. She developed the model for a fashion show in 2015. As much in its design as in its purpose, the bag is characteristic of Esme’s desire to push past the conventional limits associated with basket weaving to achieve greater creative freedom.

Height 17 cm
weight 12 cm
Length 25 cm

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