Basketmaker Mary Butcher has been teaching weaving and basketry at the Botanic Garden since the launch of our courses programme fifteen years ago. Mary trained as a research zoologist and has been studying basketry since 1977. She has recently been honoured with an OBE.
Her knowledge of plant materials and eye for structure has allowed her to use and manipulate a huge variety of materials in her work including willow, holly, palm leaves, strings of seeds, plastic tubing, linen and silver wire.
She returns with three two-day courses this year, having just completed a prestigious six-month craft residency at the Sackler Centre for Arts Education at the Victoria & Albert Museum.