Sally Roach

basketry, fibre artist, basketmaker

Basket maker and fibre artist working in natural and found/recycled materials. Work reflects love of colour.

I am inspired by the world around me, particularly flowers, land and seascapes. I love colour and this often determines my choice of materials and techniques, whereas I often start weaving with only a vague idea of the final form.  I work with anything from cane, rush and willow to found materials, textiles and paper.  I use a range of techniques from stake and strand, plaiting and frame to twining, netting and coiling – producing both functional baskets and more sculptural work.

I  completed the City & Guilds Creative Basketry Course at City Lit in London in 2013 – using the Wildflower Meadows at the Olympic Park to inspire my final pieces.  The exhibition was reviewed on Homebuildlifer Best of Baskets:  City Lit Creative Basketry Exhibition.  In 2018 I was made a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.

Exhibitions and Events

  • Australia Inspired exhibition at The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ Basketry Showcase, The Dutch Church, London EC2N 2HA March 2020
  • Anual attendance at the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park Summer Festival (since 2014) – with Basketry Collective offering mini workshops and demonstrations
  • Annual attendance (since May 2017) at the Herts County Show with Herts Basketry – display of baskets and weaving demonstration and mini workshops
  • Open Studio with basketmaker Debbie Hall April 2019
  • Exhibited at the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers Trade Fair in February 2019 at the Guildhall, London
  • Inducted as Yeoman in the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers, Oct 2018
  • Cambridge Open Studios July 2018
  • Reach Festival, September 2016
  • Cambridge Open Studios July 2016
  • Cambridge Union Christmas Market Dec 2015
  • Cambridge Open Studios, July 2015
  • Basketry Identity Exhibition, Riverhouse Barn Art Centre, Walton on Thames, March-April 2015 – organised by the Basketry Association 
  • Basketry Collective Open Studio, Cambridge – August 2014 – exhibition by members of the Basketry Collective
  • River Waveney Art Trail, August-Sept 2014 –  collaborative sculpture by members of the Basketry Collective
  • Hertfordshire Basketry’s Turning Ten Exhibition, Mill Green Museum, Hatfield, June/July 2014
  • Final Exhibition, City Lit, London, July 2013 – City Lit City and Guilds students
  • Awarded the Barbara Maynard Cup by the Basketmakers’ Association in 2012 for Promising City Lit student.

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