Behind all of this, our family shares a passion for making. Making a home, making the things that we need, making things for others.
I have always loved to work with fibre. This used to just be fabric and yarns, but since moving up to the Orkney Islands I have felt inspired to work with the beautiful array of plants on our land. This had led me on a journey to discover different forms of basketmaking, gathering, drying and preparing my plants to create my own fibres. It doesn’t stop there, I am starting to explore natural dyeing, botanical ecoprints and traditional harvest crafts. It is a wonderful feeling, to know that the materials that you are working with have been sustainably and ethically produced, because you have processed them yourself.
I want to continue to find out about how I can use the plants just outside my door and share all of that wonder with others. It makes arts and crafts accessible to everyone, because there are so many beautiful things that you can make without having to buy expensive craft materials. Perhaps even more importantly it offers a connection to natural world around you, that is so often missing in modern life. It is a connection that is both enriching and refreshing.
Our children enjoy making things as much as we do and we think it’s important to give them the skills, to make and grow whatever they need. I think that resourcefulness is the greatest gift that we can give them. We learn so much from watching them and from finding new ways to help them.
You can find my blog here. It follows our life in the Orkney Islands, our quest for a simple life and my own journey as a maker. You will also find my shop, where you can buy my baskets and my gallery, where you can see all of my baskets, that have found homes around the world.
If you’re interested in learning more about basketry and natural crafts, you can find links to my Patreon page, where I post tutorial videos, as well as videos of the beautiful islands and their flora and fauna. So if you love making, spending time with your family or just love wild places, take a look around and follow our journey.