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Selected Exhibitions

2015 - 'Willow', The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. International Basketry exhibition
2015 - 'We are All Basketmakers', The Barony, West Kilbride. Showing work by members of the Scottish Basketmakers Circle
2015 - 'Danish Diaspora' toured to Peter Potter Gallery, Rozelle House, St Fergus Gallery, Inverness Museum and Bonhoga
2014 - 'Homeground', Devon Guild of Craftsmen. Touring 2015-2016
2014 - 'This Beloved Earth', The Barony, West Kilbride
2014 - 'Danish Diaspora', Scotland seen with Danish Eyes with Mette Fruergaard, Lotte Glob, Nickolai Globe and Lilian Busch. Danish Cultural Institute, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2013 - 'Selected', Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
2013 - 'Offerings', Lorraine Robson, The Barony, West Kilbride - REVIEW
2013 - 'Nature in Craft', Wayne Art Center, Pennsylvania - CATALOGUE
2012 - 'Enganging the Senses', Devon Guild of Craftsmen
2012 - 'Korg' - Landskrona Museum, Sweden
2012 - 'Christmas Exhibition', Rozelle House, Ayr
2011 - 'Elemental', Ruthin Craft Gallery
2011 - 'Handcrafted in Britain', Featured maker in The Conran Shop, London
2011 - Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington, East Lothian
2010 - 'Handmade', Fortnum & Mason, London
2010 - 'WW10', Park Gallery, Falkirk 2009 - 2010 - 'OK/UK', Bartesville, Oklahoma, USA
2009 - Small Works, VAS, Edinburgh
2009 - 'Pots & Baskets', The Bield, Perth, Scotland
2009 - 'Working the Willow', Musgrove's, Somerset
2009 - 'Willow, Wood & Paper', Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2009 - Galanthus Gallery, Herefordshire
2009 - 'Celtic Connections', Harley Gallery, Worksop
2009 - 'Ten', Bilston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton
2009 - SDC Gallery, London
2009 - Makers' Guild of Wales, Cardiff
2009 - Dumfries House, Ayrshire
2009 - VAS, City Art Gallery, Edinburgh
2008 - New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey
2008 - 'Beautifully Crafted', National Glass Centre, Sutherland
2008 - Hartlepool Museum & Art Gallery
2008 - 'European Basketry', The Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland. Toured UK and Europe
2008 - Pelham House Gallery, Isle of Wight
2008 - Flow Gallery, London
2008 - The Model House, Wales
2008 - 'Willow Works', An Tobar, Tobermory, solo show on tour from The Hill House
2007 - 'Gifted', National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
2007 - 'Top Dog', toured 7 galleries in the UK
2007 - Bradford 1 Gallery, Bradford
2007 - 'Willow Works' - Solo show at Hill House, Helensburgh
2007 - Yorkshire Sculpture Park
2007 - 'East weaves West', Collins Gallery, Glasgow. Touring to Isle of Wight & National Vlectmuseum - Noordwolde, Netherlands
2007 - Maiden Bridge, Lancaster
2007 - Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey
2007 - 'Pushing the Boundaries', Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride
2007 - 'Pushing the Boundaries', Gracefield Gallery, Dumfries
2006 to 2007 - 'The Lie of the land' Solo exhibition, Rochester Art Gallery, Kent
2006 - 'Origin', Somerset House, London
2006 - Pods/Cochuil, Solo exhibition - Taigh Chearsabhagh, N. Uist Western Isles
2006 - International Basketry, Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio, USA
2006 - "Pushing the Boundaries" - Inverness Museum w/Touring
2005 - Chelsea Craft Fair, London
2005 - 'Gifted', National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
2005 - British Basketry, Pinolere, Tenerife
2005 - Gallerytop, Matlock, Derbyshire
2005 - 'New Forms & Old Friends'. Broughton Gallery, Lanarkshire
2004 - 'Form', The Lighthouse, Glasgow
2004 - 'Nature Weave'. Peebles Museum
2004 - 'Rush'. The Grace Barrand Design Centre, Surrey
2004 - 'Home Craft'. Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
2004 - Images from the Garden IV, RBGE
2003 - Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
2003 - 'Flechten', International Basketry, Gallery Handwerk, Munich
2003 - 'Past & Present', Dick Inst., Kilmarnock
2002 - Hartlepool Art Gallery
2002 - 'Plantweave' Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
2002 - Artisan Craft Show Edinburgh
2001 - Furniture Co., New York
2001 to 2002 - 'Weaving in our Genes' - 2 person show with cousin & weaver Anne Marie Bech, toured 9 venues Denmark & Scotland
2001 - 'FOCUS' - Dick Institute, Kilmarnock
2000 - 'Weaving Ways', 2 person show with Lois Walpole. Durham
2000 to 2003 - Celebrating Scottish Crafts' National Museum of Scotland (toured US)
1999 to 2000 - 'Art for Everyday', Redrow Homes, Dunfermline
1999 - 'Elemental Gathering', Rozelle House, Ayr
1998 - 'Centre of Attention'. AAA @ The British Council, Edinburgh,
1998 to 1999 - 'Making Weaves - The Basketmakers Art' NMS, Edinburgh. Exhibition toured Scotland,Birmingham and Belgium.
1998 - 'Above & Below', The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock
1997 - 'Woven Images', Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
1997 - RSA , Edinburgh, with the Scottish Artists and Artist Craftsmen
1993 and 2000 - 1st prize at Royal Highland Show

Participation in numerous small gallery exhibitions

Commissions

2003 - Channel 4 Timeteam, Fishtraps
2001 - Design for the Dales, Stanhope School, Northumberland
1999 - Craig Brown (Football manager Scottish Team)
1997 - Kilmartin House Museum. Replica of prehistoric basket

Collections

Bilston Craft Gallery
South Ayrshire Council
Chris Ballance, MSP
Dr Helen Bennett, MBE
Shambellie House, National Museum of Scotland

Awards

2015 - Craft & Design Magazine Silver Award in Specialist Media
2005 - Two Professional Development grants, Scottish Arts Council
2005 - DTI Research Grant to SOFA, New York
2005 - Marketing Grant, Develop Craft Ayrshire
2004 - Creative Development Grant, Scottish Arts Council
2003 - Basketmakers Association: bursary to attend International Basketry Summerschool, Denmark
2003 - British Council: travel & transport of 'Flechten' exhibits to Munich
2002 - Shetland Arts Association & Basketmakers Association to produce Video of Kishie Master Lowrie Copeland
2000 - Danish Cultural Institute, DFDS, Council of Nordic Ministers: grant to pay for touring of 'Weaving in our Genes'
1999 - EABP Photography Grant to promote work abroad

Publications

Featured in the following magazines

2015 - Craft & Design (Sept)
2014 - Modern Rustic, Country Living (Issue 1)
2014 - Country Living (Jun)
2013 - Crafts (Nov/Dec)
2013 - Zone One Arts, In Conversation with Lise Bech (Jul)
2013 - Magazine A+D (Slovakia) (Jul)
2012 - Homes and Gardens (Feb)
2012 - Harper's Bazaar (Mar)
2011 - Art Mag (Jun/Jul)
2011 - Best Hotels, 'Do Not Disturb' (Issue 2)
2011 - American Woodturner (June)
2010 - Country Living (Feb)
2010 - Homes and Gardens (Feb)
2009 - Financial Times Dec)
2009 - Period Living (April)
2009 - The Times (April)
2009 - Crafts (March/April)
2007 - Architectural Digest (March, USA)
2007 - Elle Decoration (Feb)
2006 - The Craftsman - [Page 2] - [Page 3]
2006 - Grand Design (Oct)
2006 - BBC Homes & Antiques - [Page 2]
2006 - Country Homes & Interiors
2006 - The Craftsman
2005 - Gardens Illustrated, December
2005 - Saturday Telegraph Magazine, October
2005 - Glasgow Herald Magazine
2005 - Homes & Interiors Scotland
2005 - Grand Design
2004 - Scottish Homes & Interiors
2004 - Period Living
2003 - Scots February (Australia)
2002 - Saturday Herald, August
2002 - CRAFTS Magazine, March
2001 - June Scottish Life (USA)
2000 - Country Living, December
2000 - Reforesting Scotland, November
2000 - Sunday Herald, September
1999 - Shetland Times, April
1998 - Times Literary Supplement, September
1998 - FOCUS (Holland), September
1998 - The Independent, August
1998 - The Scotsman, August
1998 - The Home Show magazine, August
1998 - CRAFTS Magazine, July

Books

2014 - 'Willow', Alison Syme - Reaktion Books
2012 - 'Kitchin Supper', Tom Kitchin - Published by Quadrille
2011 - 'Turn Your Talent Into A Business', Emma Jones - Bright Word Publishing 2009 - 'Bangles and Bracelets', Edited by Amanda Doughty. Published by A & C Black
2006 - Basketry, Masaki, Shueisha Inc. Tokyo
2006 - 500 Baskets, Lark Books, published spring '06
2004 - 'Flora Celtica, Plants & peoples of Scotland' - Milliken & Bridgewater
2000 - Oct 'Baskets, Tradition & Beyond' - Leier, Peters & Wallace

Broadcast

2015 - 'Through the Wormhole' with Morgan Freeman. Season 6, show no 50: "Can Time go backwards?". Discovery Channel, USA (May)
2013 - Flog It!: BBC, December
2004 - Time Team: Channel 4, April
2002 - Brian Morton Show Interview BBC Radio Scotland, August
1999 - BBC Radio Scotland 'Out of Doors', September

DVD Exhibition Catalogue with 5 minute interview for 'Plantweave' RBGE

VIDEO Producer & Director of Kishiemaking with Lowrie Copeland 2002

Qualifications

Employment

1994 - Self employment, Basketmaking
1970 - Schooling to A-level (Music & Modern Languages), Denmark

Professional Development

2014 - Fife Craft Collaboration
2013 - Owen Jones
2013 - Ueno Masao
2013 - Alastair Heseltine
2010 - Attended 'EMMA', Saskatchewan, Canada
2009 - Lantern Making with Hugh Fyfe
2007 - Experimental Willow Work with Mary Butcher
2006 - Jenny Crisp, Fitching
2005 - Fibre Explorations with Hisako Sekijima
2005 - Alastair Heseltine, Masterclass
2005 - Kari Lonning, Masterclass, Colour pattern work
2004 - Klaus Seyfang, Masterclass, Asymetric forms
2003 - Agnete Diemer, Masterclass, Experimental work
2002 - Olivia Elton Barrett, Masterclass, Rush work
2000 - Bent Winkler, Outdoor structures
1999 - Polly Giachinna, Twining techniques
1999 - Steen H. Madsen and Anna Norgaard, Weaving with Birch Bark
1999 and 2000 - Lowrie Copland, Kishie Making (straw work)
1999 - Mary Butcher, Masterclass, Advanced weaving techniques
1998 - Joe Hogan, Masterclass, Irish Basketry
1997, 1998 and 2000 - Colin Manthorpe, Masterclasses, Ovals & Fitching
1997 - Valerie Pragnell, Hurdles and garden ornaments
1997 - Lena Kaas, Danish style baskets
1996 and 1997 - Colin Manthorpe, Square and oval baskets
1995 - Kristen Rogerson, Coiled basketry
1993 and 1999 - Graham Glanville, Square baskets
1992 and 1995 - Meg Tapley, Round baskets and lids
1986 to 1987 - Alison Fitzgerald, Introductory courses

Teaching experience

Introductory & intermediate courses in Willow Basketry:

2015 - Basketmakers Association Spring School, York
2014 - Two Courses for Jo Amsler's Celtic Journey groups of travelling basketmakers
2001, 2004 and 2006 - Taigh Chearsabhagh, N. Uist
2001 - Designed for the Dales, Northumberland
1999 to 2005 - Ariundel Centre, Strontian
1999 to 2002 - Rozelle House, Ayr
1999 to 2005 - Logie Steading, Forres
1999 to 2002 - art.tm, Inverness
1999 ongoing - Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
1999 - The Vennel Gallery, Irvine
1998, 1998 and 2000 - Argyll Green Woodworkers Association
1998 ongoing - National Museum of Scotland
1998 - Timespan, Helmsdale, Ross & Cromarty
1997 to 2003 - S. Lanarkshire Community Services
1997 - Spinners, Weavers & Dyers' Summer School
1997 - Kelburn Country Centre, Ayrshire
1996 to 2005 - Mount Oliphant Farm, Ayr
1996 - Blue Bird Gallery, Lochwinnoch
1996, 1997 and 1999 - Isle of Skye for The Skye Basket Circle
1995, 1996 and 1997 - An Tairbeart, Tarbert, Argyll
1995 to 1998 - Penicuik Community Arts Centre
1995 - Talamh Housing Coop, Lanarkshire
1994 to 2004 - Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Numerous ongoing individual students at my workshop since 1995

Memberships & Positions Held

2005 - 2008 - Specialist Adviser to the Scottish Arts Council
2001 - 2007 - Member of Handcraft Committee RHS
2001 - 2007 - Member of Steering Group for Develop Craft Ayshire
Judge at Royal Higland Show 1997 and 2004
Consultant with Environmentally Sustainable Systems, 1999
The Scottish Basketmakers Circle
Editor, course organiser and fundraiser for the above 1996-2003
The Basketmakers Association

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