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A photograph of Christiane Gunzi demonstrating basket weaving

Based in Sussex, I handcraft traditional and contemporary basketry using willow, rush and other natural materials. My training was at the City Lit in London (2011-2013), and I have a City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Creative Techniques in Textiles (Basketry). Influenced by patterns, textures and tones that occur in nature, I enjoy exploring non-functional basketry with natural materials foraged near home. As well as making baskets, I run basketweaving classes for beginners and improvers. I love passing on my passion for this ancient craft. My work has been exhibited in London, Surrey and Sussex.

WORKSHOPS

Basketweaving classes are available for complete beginners and those with some experience of basketry. Using natural English willow and rush, I teach adults in small, socially-distanced groups of 6–8, in light, airy venues. Private tuition is also possible, and I am happy to demonstrate and teach basketweaving at special events such as hen parties and birthday parties. All the tools and equipment are provided.

For information on all my classes, please see WORKSHOPS.

BESPOKE BASKETRY

If you’re looking for an original, individual handmade gift for a special occasion, such as a wedding or birthday, or if you need a particular kind of basket for a certain job, then please email me with your requirements. All natural willow and rush baskets created by me are handcrafted to order in Sussex, using native, sustainable materials. Please allow at least ten weeks for your
unique piece to be ready.

 

EVENTS

Beautiful & Useful Fair
at Sussex Prairie Garden
 
Henfield, West Sussex
18th & 19th September

Exhibition at Will & Yates
Art Gallery, Deal, Kent

Joint show with artist Dominic Zwemmer
at Will & Yates Gallery, Autumn 2021 

Basketry in the Great Barn, Dixter
Demonstrating willow weaving at Great Dixter Gardens, Northiam, East Sussex
17th& 18th July/25th & 26th Sept 2021 

 Great Dixter’s Christmas Fair
Northiam, East Sussex,
Christmas 2021

 

REPAIRS

A well-loved old basket, such as a baby’s crib, an umbrella stand or a picnic hamper that has been passed down through the family for years can be hard to let go of. However, it’s worth knowing that a broken basket can often be repaired to last for at least another generation to enjoy. So why not get in touch if you have a favourite old wicker basket that needs fixing? Mending and conserving basketry makes sense.

Gallery Of Work

Below is a selection of my basketwork, woven with natural English willow, English rush and silver birch. All my original baskets and nests are handmade to order. If you would like to commission something special from me, please get in touch, and always allow at least ten weeks for
your unique woven piece to be made.

Photograph of Christiane Gunzi

Christiane Gunzi Basketry

Address: Hastings, East Sussex, UK
 

I’m a member of:

The Basketmakers’ Association and The Basketry Collective.

I was Trade Advisor to The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers 2017-2019.

You can follow me on Instagram.

 

Please use the contact form below to email me if you are interested in basketweaving workshops, or if you have an enquiry about a basket commission or repair. If you give me your email address, I’ll add you to my mailing list.

About

Based in Sussex, I handcraft traditional and contemporary baskets using English willow, rush and other natural materials. My training was at the City Lit in London (2011-2013), and I have a City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Creative Techniques in Textiles (Basketry). Influenced by the patterns, textures and tones that occur in nature, I enjoy exploring non-functional basketry with natural materials foraged near home. As well as making baskets, I run basket weaving classes for beginners and improvers. I love passing on my passion for this ancient craft. My work has been exhibited in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. 

CLASSES

Lessons are available for complete beginners and those with some experience of basket weaving. Using mostly English willow and rush, I usually teach groups of 6 to 8 people. Private one-to-one tuition and small groups (such as hen parties and birthday celebrations) are also possible. All the tools and equipment are provided.

For information on all my classes, please see WORKSHOPS.

COMMISSIONS

If you’re looking for an original handmade gift for a special occasion, such as a wedding or birthday, or if you need a particular kind of basket for a certain job, then please email me with your requirements.
All natural willow and rush baskets created by me are handcrafted in Sussex to order, using native, sustainable materials. Please allow at least eight weeks for your unique woven piece to be ready.

BASKET REPAIRS

A well-loved old basket, such as a baby’s crib, an umbrella stand or a picnic hamper that has been passed down through the family for years can be hard to let go of. However, it’s worth knowing that a broken basket can often be repaired to last for another generation to use and enjoy. So why not get in touch with me if you have a favourite old basket that needs fixing? Mending makes sense.

EVENTS

Beautiful & Useful Fair
at Sussex Prairie Garden
 
Henfield, West Sussex
18th & 19th September

Exhibition at Will & Yates
Art Gallery, Deal, Kent

Joint show with artist Dominic Zwemmer
at Will & Yates Gallery, Autumn 2021 

Basketry in the Great Barn, Dixter
Demonstrating willow weaving at Great Dixter Gardens, Northiam, East Sussex
17th& 18th July/25th & 26th Sept 2021 

Great Dixter’s Christmas Fair
Northiam, East Sussex,
Christmas 2021

EVENTS

Beautiful & Useful Fair
at Sussex Prairie Garden
 
Henfield, West Sussex
18th & 19th September

Exhibition at Will & Yates
Art Gallery, Deal, Kent

Joint show with artist Dominic Zwemmer
at Will & Yates Gallery, Autumn 2021 

Basketry in the Great Barn, Dixter
Demonstrating willow weaving at Great Dixter Gardens, Northiam, East Sussex
17th& 18th July/25th & 26th Sept 2021 

Great Dixter’s Christmas Fair
Northiam, East Sussex,
Christmas 2021

Gallery Of Work

Below is a selection of my work, woven with English willow, rush and silver birch. All my baskets are specially made to order. If you would like to commission something, please email me, and allow at least eight weeks for your unique piece to be made.

Photograph of Christiane Gunzi

Christiane Gunzi Basketry
Address: Old Town, Hastings, Sussex

Please email me if you are interested in classes, or if you have an enquiry about a basket commission or a basket repair.

I’m a member of:
The Basketmakers’ Association
The Basketry Collective and Sussex Arts Collective
You can follow me on Instagram.

Please use the contact form below to email me if you are interested in basket classes, or if you have an enquiry about a commission or repair. If you give me your email address, I’ll add you to my mailing list.