Marion Campbell

Marion Campbell lidded basket with shells

When I was young, I used to watch the travelling people making baskets when my family spent our holidays on the island of Arran off the west coast of Scotland, and I still have the basket I bought with my pocket money in the early 1960s.

For decades afterwards I wanted to learn the craft, and eventually joined classes taught by Liz Balfour in East Lothian, and it has been my passion ever since. I enjoy using willow, hedgerow materials, and more recently also making items out of rush.

I have realised that the connection between many of the crafts I have enjoyed – such as knitting, weaving, repairing oriental carpets, and┬ábasketmaking – is that they all involve the magic of making something by starting off with a single strand.