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Sarah Paramor uses traditional basketry skills to create contemporary basketry, mainly unconventional bags for exhibition and for the catwalk.
Sarah 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 currently has work in "Basketry: Function & Ornament", Ruthin Craft Centre, + "Sarah Paramor: Bags, Bottles & Baskets", Inverness Museum.
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 “Highland Hairmoss Basket” came third in 2017. “A Bag for Isobel”, made of plaited and stitched hairmoss, is in the Isobel Wylie Hutchison Collection at Carlowrie Castle.
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 heritage 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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