Katherine Cowtan & Sheila Patrick
Painting, Weaving, Textiles, Basketmaking8
About the Artist
Katherine works both as a weaver and artist. Her work is inspired by the surrounding local landscapes. Whether using paint or yarns her work is filled with colour, light and texture.
Sheila uses traditional basket-making techniques to create functional baskets and decorative items using mainly unstripped willow rods.
Originally trained as a woven textile designer Katherine spent many years working freelance designing exclusive collections for fashion designers. Keen to work more directly with colour, and inspired by local walks and her love of the natural world, she has now spent many years painting the local landscapes – interpreting the ever changing seasons, weather and moods. The past year’s focus was on creating a new studio (and rebuilding her loom!), where she is now starting to combine her experience of studying, mixing, matching and blending the natural colours in the countryside with her love of creating beautiful fabrics.
Sheila made her first basket in Ireland about twelve years ago with the idea of making an alternative style of coffin. The coffin has still not materialised but since moving back to Scotland she has been enjoying learning traditional basket-making techniques from established makers and developing her skills. Using different willow varieties which have their own bark colour, often browns and greens, some orange, red or black and combining these colours with the textures created by different weaves gives each piece its individual character. Over the last year, frame baskets have been her focus, making round platters and bowls then moving into natural leaf-shaped forms.
Katherine's artwork and weaving will be on display with Sheila’s willow baskets in the Garden Room at the end of the garden. Weather and numbers permitting, they will give demonstrations.
Willow Basket Making with Sheila Patrick
& Handloom Weaving Demonstrations with Katherine Cowtan:
Weather permitting Sheila will give on-going willow basket making demos. Numbers permitting there may also be handweaving demos on Katherine's compu-dobby floor loom