Pip Weaser

Pip Weaser larch bowl

Pip Weaser studied Fine Art at Reading University.  She made her first basket with Lise Bech and has studied since then with several British and international experts, in order to develop her understanding of the language of basketry. For inspiration and materials, she focuses on her own wild garden, and the surrounding woods overlooking Loch Melfort. She works mainly in the tradition of “hedgerow basketry”, making functional and sculptural pieces from local willow and other plant fibres

The instinctive obsession that compels a bird to make a particular nest fascinates her. Season and place are crucial and often a piece will have a private meaning, arising from the abundance, colour and vitality of local vegetation. She is interested in the network of connections between landscape, climate, local flora, the character of the maker and grower along with the folklore and historic usage of the plants.

She has exhibited locally and nationally in various galleries, botanic gardens, museums, arts festivals and open studio events.

Public pieces include a living Willow tunnel for  “Art in Nature” sculpture walk Calgary, Isle of Mull, a living willow dome for Kilmartin House Museum and living willow domes and tunnels in several Argyll primary schools and private gardens.

Pip featured in Nick Hand’s book “Conversations on the Coast” published in 2011 by The Department of Small Works.

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