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Alison Dickens

Alison Dickens Basketweaver
©Alba Diaz

Movement woven into willow

  • • Basketweaving is Alison’s second profession
  • • Natural patterns made by water, wind and wave inspire her
  • • She uses willow harvested in Kent and Sussex

A studio full of baskets, a work bench with tools by the window, a corner filled with bundles of different types of willow and a large metal tank: that is Alison Dickens’ crafting environment. After working in urban regeneration for years, Alison came across Maggie Smith’s baskets and was enchanted. When she later met a group of basketry students at a Christmas Open Studios, their enthusiasm sparked her interest in learning basketmaking. In January 2019, two years after completing a course on the City Lit Basketry Course, she moved into her current studio at Cockpit Arts in London. Alison specialises in making sculptural forms with the rope coil technique, a time- and material-consuming technique which involves adding a new rod at every stroke and weaving with a bundle of willow.

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Works

  • ©Sandra Reddin
  • ©Sandra Reddin
  • ©Sandra Reddin
  • ©Sandra Reddin
Photo: ©Sandra Reddin
Battle White High-res IV

Battle White High-res IV is a dynamic, contemporary piece crafted from willow, using the time intensive technique of rope wale (or rope coil weave). Drawn to sculptural forms, Alison's work evokes the high curves and edges of the British landscape – from the Yorkshire Dales to the Suffolk coastline – as well as the forms and patterns made into its terrain by water, wind and wave.

Length 50 cm
Width 50 cm
Height 45 cm

Photo: ©Sandra Reddin
Battle White High-res I

Battle White High-res I is a dynamic, contemporary piece crafted from willow, featuring a rod border by basket maker Alison Dickens. Alison's work evokes the forms and patterns carved into the terrain by water and wind.

Photo: ©Sandra Reddin
Battle White High-res III

Battle White High-res III is a dynamic, contemporary piece crafted from Black Maul willow from the Somerset Levels, the historical centre of willow growing in England. Drawn to sculptural forms, Alison's work evokes the high curves and edges of British landscapes – from the Yorkshire Dales to the Suffolk coast – as well as the forms and patterns carved into the terrain by water and wind.

Photo: ©Sandra Reddin
Battle White High-res II

Battle White High-res II is a dynamic, contemporary piece crafted from Black Maul willow from the Somerset Levels, the historical centre of willow growing in England. Drawn to sculptural forms, Alison's work evokes the high curves and edges of British landscapes; as well as the forms and patterns carved into the terrain by water and wind.

Length 36 cm
Width 19 cm
Height 26 cm

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