In celebration of Northern Ireland’s rich craft landscape, past and present, five makers were invited to produce new work in response to heritage footage from Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive.
Featuring basket-weaver Alison Fitzgerald in 1986 and 2016, at two stages of her career, along with footage from the 1960s, this episode highlights the continuity between historical skills.
Alison Fitzgerald trained as a botanist before moving from England to Ireland in 1980. This background gave her a fascination with the many varieties of willow and inspired her to try basket weaving. Her baskets are admired internationally for their subtle blends of natural bark colours, strong curves and tactile qualities.