Anna Stickland

Basket maker Anna Stickland takes inspiration from her surroundings in the Brecon Beacons and background as an outdoor instructor where she is surrounded by the colours of nature and natural materials.

Having always incorporated crafting and in particular working with willow into her life as an outdoor instructor, Anna took the opportunity to develop and hone her skills by training in basketry at Westhope College.  Anna uses willow, growing it and preparing it for use in her range of rustic baskets, experimenting with different shapes and often incorporating other plants and materials such as birch or a beautiful twisted branch into her designs.  Each basket evolves to create its own story as Anna travels widely, often working in the back of her van on a beach or hillside, adding a little piece of wherever she is working into each piece.

‘I love the variety of natural willow, its many colours and the way it changes as it ages.’

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