irish basketmakers association

kathleen....

kathleen....

Basket making on a landscaping weblog…? You better believe it!

It is an amazing craft and brilliant to watch…really it is. But more I like the fact that ‘most work with natural materials such as willow, rush, straw and hedgerow materials’ – says the leaflet that IBA secretary Kathleen Mc Cormick gave to me.

I had met Kathleen at bloom in the phoenix park in June. The association [at this time and that I am aware] doesn’t have a website but you can contact them through their email address basketbarn [at] ireland [dot] com or through the Crafts Council of Ireland.

Kathleen is a lovely woman and as she explains if you have any other queries just conatct her and she’ll put you in touch with the right people in your area. Go on! Give it a go…. most of the materials you need are right in front of you 😉

UPDATE: 1st February 2010 I got this email in from Kathleen

Peter, true to your word, you did make a flick of the interview.

I was in Cornwall visiting my daughter and her family when my grandson( Isaac 14yrs) clicked on something and up came your interview! Good man and I thank you. I would love to have it linked to my website if that was possible. It is www.basketbarn.ie, Hope to see you in 2010 at Bloom. I might even do a woven (fabric) instalation for the CCoI if my suggestion is accepted. God loves a tryer and judging from your efforts you are in that category.

Warm regards, Kathleen

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  1. Alison
    Alison says:

    I planted Willow with the hope of someday using it to make baskets! Next step is to learn how. Very interesting and will have to look up a teacher near me. There used to be a museum in Cavan but unfortnately it closed due to lack of interest. What a shame.

  2. Peter Donegan MI Hort
    Peter Donegan MI Hort says:

    a chara alison,
    that is a shame 🙁 you should try the craft council of ireland or email the irish basketmakers association. I meant also to say that Kathleen can be contacted on kathleen [at] wovenbykathleen [dot] ie

    best of luck with it and the willow…. 😉
    peter

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