Rachel Evans

Location: Ashbourne   /  Genre: Basketmaking

Artist Statement

I run my business, Wheatcroftwillow from my workshop in the heart of the Churnet Valley in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Drawing on my years of training and apprentice style learning I make a range of traditional British baskets as well as more creative, contemporary work. Using natural colours and weaves, I can create a piece of work for your home or garden that is both beautiful and is made to last.
I grow my own willow, using organic principles, providing habitat for insects and small mammals. Growing my own willow locally reduces my carbon footprint from shipping willow across the country. I grow unusual varieties that add colour and interest to my work. I feel it is important to try and live lightly upon the earth and this includes my business
In 2020, due to lockdown, I started experimenting with other natural and wild materials found near my home, bark, garden plants, rush and hazel. I feel this use of local and natural resources is becoming more relevant to today's society, using what we have locally in a low impact way to create beautiful items that last.
I am a member of the Peak District Artisans and I will be exhibiting at Beechenhill Farm with other artisans.
My work is available from my website, or you can commission me to make a more bespoke design to suit your home. www.wheatcroftwillow.co.uk

Venue Information

The Haybarn Gallery
Beechenhill Farm
Ilam-Moor Lane, Ilam

From south: A515 Ashbourne-Buxton. Left at ‘Ilam Thorpe Dovedale’. Continue 5 miles to Ilam, at monument turn right. Continue 1.5 miles up hill. Follow red signs. Beechenhill is on left. From north: From Alstonefield follow red signs toward Ilam.

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