Journal

Nests and Baskets

Nests and Baskets

It was made and laid last spring, during the first lockdown, in a town centre shrub, barely concealed, and less than half a metre from the ground. It was a time when there were few humans (or their dogs) on the streets, and it obviously seemed like a good location......

Making an Oak Swill

Making an Oak Swill

One of the first things you notice about Owen Jones, apart from his friendly, relaxed demeanor, is his hands: huge and work-worn. They've definitely seen some years of graft. I'm at his workshop in Cumbria, to make an oak swill. This is a traditional split wood basket...

Archaeologists Making Baskets

Archaeologists Making Baskets

A crisp cold November morning and I'm meeting a group of archaeologists at Fort Cumberland in Portsmouth for a day of basketmaking. During our discussions and through the making itself, a couple of very interesting revelations happen over the day, which make...

Fibre & Clay in the Wild

Fibre & Clay in the Wild

In conversation with No Serial Number Magazine, a publication which explores environmental sustainability through traditional crafts and innovative design. We discuss my practice: my relationship to the landscape where I forage my materials, and about coping with the...

Looped Cordage: Netted Bags

Looped Cordage: Netted Bags

After a day of making cordage from foraged plant fibres, my grubby fingernails show evidence of all the separating and scraping. Once you're committed to the steady, repetitive nature of prepping and twining cordage, it's a deeply satisfying process. So much so that...

Wakehurst 2017: Space Between

Wakehurst 2017: Space Between

Space Between is a recently commissioned, site-specific woodland sculpture at Wakehurst, (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew).  It's situated in Pearcelands Wood, their newly-opened ancient woodland. It was commissioned as part of Wakehurst's Wild Wood Festival, 2017.  ...

Forage of the Month

Forage of the Month- March/April

Forage of the Month- March/April

Cleavers & Nettle Spring TonicMy favourite thing to make as spring arrives. Cleavers and nettles make one of the best spring tonics: cleavers are great for the lymphatic system and nettles are full of nutrition. Cleavers has a lot of different names, but is often...

Forage of the Month- February/March

Forage of the Month- February/March

Early Greens Soon we'll be entering what's known as the hungry gap (which lasts from March to May), when cultivated local veg are scarce. We'll be relying mainly on stored roots and squash from last year, or on imported veg. But look a bit closer and even this early...

Forage of the Month- December

Forage of the Month- December

King Alfred's Cakes At this time of year there's not so much around to forage, but these are a favourite for fire-making. I always keep an eye open for them when I'm out in the winter woods. Their Latin name is Daldinia concentrica and if you break one open you'll see...