fibre rush; tim johnson

tim johnson - willow bark basket
Willow Bark Basket

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tim johnson - get knotted
get knotted

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tim johnson - straw rope
straw rope

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tim johnson - Isle of Wight Scran bag
Isle of Wight Scran bag

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tim johnson - boat baskets
boat baskets

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tim johnson - split rush basket
split rush basket

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tim johnson - 'mountainscape' detail
‘mountainscape’ detail

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tim johnson - 'mountainscape' detail 2
‘mountainscape’ detail 2

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Occasionally I wish I lived in the UK. Not simply to access the wealth of materials grown specifically for weaving but also to glean from the long history of basketmaking wisdom.

I recently made an online friendship with UK-based artist, basketmaker and photographer, Tim Johnson. I had been admiring his website for a while and then I had a lovely surprise when some months back, he messaged me to say hello. I knew we must share some kind of kindred passion when Tim mentioned he has so many bundles of sticks in his house he could hardly move. Totally normal from where I’m sitting.

If I lived closer to the UK, I would book in to travel with Tim and his partner Monica Guilera to Spain to Weaving by the Sea. Or maybe a fibre workshop on the Isle of Wight.  I’m sure any of his workshops would make me very happy.

The spare and beautiful images from his website confirm for me what I love about basketry. Raw rhythm, texture, shape, density, transparency, pattern, contrast, bundles; sticks, grasses, rushes all making a greater whole. I am particularly drawn to his quite tribal exploration of costume and disguise using basketmaking techniques.

tim johnson - rush fringed helmet costume

tim johnson - hard rush costume with clubrush skirt

tim johnson - rush fringed helmet costume - detail

tim johnson - costume

tim johnson - willow and butterbur costume- detail

tim johnson - costume work in progress

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Lovely stuff.  Thank you Tim. You’re inspiring.

x Harriet

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P.S. As I live just outside the village which is home to the ‘Big Potato’ (oh yes it is as attractive as it sounds), what I do have access to are LOTS of spuds…. hmmm…

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tim johnson - spudtopia 1

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…Aussie Spudtopia?

All images Copyright © Tim Johnson.