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Sarah Paramor uses traditional basketry skills to create contemporary basketry, often unconventional bags.Sarah has a taste for the unusual and for the catwalk. She has plaited hairmoss to resemble tweed on one side and AstroTurf on the other, though she is just as likely to work with corsetry boning and elastic. Sarah’s “Dark Tendril Bag” (made of corsetry boning) won second prize in the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers’ Basketry of the Year 2018 competition, and her “Highland Hairmoss Basket” came third in 2017. In 2018 Sarah was awarded a Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards grant; “A Bag for Isobel”, made of plaited and stitched hairmoss, is in the Isobel Wylie Hutchison Collection at Carlowrie Castle, and she has had pieces in Knitting and Stitching Spring 2018 at Olympia, and in the Scottish Basketmakers Circle’s “Woven Together” show.In 2016 “Variations on a Flamingo”, tiny coiled baskets of various materials, were selected for the “Inspired By” exhibition of work inspired by pieces in the V&A collection.Sarah trained on the two-year City Lit Basketry course in London, and continues to learn skills from traditional basketmakers. She lives in Applecross on the west coast of Scotland, and makes baskets in a restored byre.
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