Originally from Dublin and now living in rural Herefordshire, Jenny has been a basketmaker for over 20 years, learning the craft in the West of Ireland, but also from expert basketmakers in England and France.
She works mostly with unstripped willow, with its variety of texture and colour, and likes to borrow from traditional Celtic and English Regional styles to develop more contemporary designs. Texture is very important in her work. She is inspired by rugged nature – rocks and trees, but also by the way nature renders even ugly things beautiful.
Jenny grows her own willow in her garden in Herefordshire, supplementing this with willow from the Somerset Levels where it has been grown for many generations for the Basketmaking industry.
She strongly believes that working with your hands has an immensely beneficial effect, stimulating the problem solving part of our brains. Jenny is proud to be able to carry on the ancient skill of basket making.