Matilda Grover has a degree in 3D Design & Craft from the University of Brighton and has experience in a number of craft organisations, including a furniture maker. Since December 2017 she has been working part-time for basket maker and QEST D’Oyly Carte Charitable Foundation Scholar Annemarie O’Sullivan, and now wants to build on this experience with a formal apprenticeship. Matilda hopes that learning traditional basketry skills, combined with her contemporary design education, will aid the development of product ranges for the business.
During her apprenticeship, Matilda will be trained in a range of basket making skills, primarily focusing on willow work, but will also incorporate working with rush, cane, leather and wood. She will take part in the daily operations of Annemarie’s business, including growing, harvesting, selecting and weaving willow, and additionally, will have a role in fulfilling orders, designing and making, giving her a complete overview of how the business operates. Training will be on the job, as well as focused sessions, and Matilda will participate on at least 20 days of courses each year. This will prepare her to design and make her own work, becoming proficient in teaching others and continuing the legacy of basketry, ensuring it remains a viable craft.