Mary Butcher has been teaching weaving and basketry here at the Botanic Garden since the launch of our courses programme over fifteen years ago. Highly respected and well known in her field, her expert 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, linen and silver wire.
Alongside teaching basketry and writing books, Mary has been involved in numerous research projects, residencies and the curation of major basketry exhibitions. Her work has been exhibited at museums, universities and galleries across Europe.
This year as well as our usual range of basketry courses we are linking up with the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to offer a course which draws inspiration from basketry through the ages, and will include an introduction from Imogen Gunn, Collections Manager for Archaeology at the Museum.