- Discover Lin Lovekin – Basket maker. Lin Lovekin is an experienced basketmaker living and working in West Cornwall. She runs regular courses and sells baskets to commission.
Willow Baskets and Lampshades – handmade in Cornwall
I use willow grown and harvested from my own withy beds, as well as Somerset willow to make a wide range of high quality baskets to order and on spec, for a variety of traditional and contemporary purposes.
I make everyday items such as backpacks, log and linen baskets, bike baskets, large and small shoppers and have also enjoyed the challenge of some more unusual projects such as a balloon basket for an arts project, willow woven headboards for an eco development, beautiful large lampshades for a number of restaurants and cafes (see above), and even a Tudor dress for the National Trust.
Lin Lovekin workshops
I run basketry workshops for beginners, improvers and intermediate basketmakers all year and over the summer months move into the Woodland Workshop to teach courses. I also work in schools creating living willow structures and weaving projects for children.
My first withy bed was planted in 1999 when we moved to Cornwall and now extends over a significant area. I grow many varieties with different qualities and colours which I use in my work alongside willow from Somerset. I harvest by hand over the winter months.
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