Sherrry Doyal

Inspired by a material or found objects and associated ideas, concept is important to me. Working in progressively creative ways within the convention of botanic materials gives me ownership of my work.

I work from urban trees or woodland. I explore the idea of enclosure of the fragile, such as wasp paper, or containment of the dangerous, such as thorns. I select materials for variety of inherent colour or use plant dyes. I choose resin for scent and tack. Smoked materials gain colour, scent (and sometimes damage) in a process, not unlike a ceramic firing, with risk, which I like. I work small scale but push past this with larger repeat unit works.

Communicating my engagement with this craft has come through publication and group exhibition in open studio schemes (Devon), craft and wood fairs (Dulwich and the South West) and galleries (Exeter and London). I accept commissions, demonstrate and teach basketry.

 

Exhibitions and events:

  • “Feva”,  Basketry Plus, Knaresborough 2014
  • North Yorkshire Open Studios 2014
  •  “Sound weaves”, Basketry Plus, Pitt Rivers Museum 2013
  • “Amulets”, Basketry Plus, Wardown Park Museum, 2013
  • “Cell-Division Evolution” Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, 2012
  • Dulwich Open Studios 2011
  •  “On the Wall”, Basketry Plus, Lauderdale House, Highgate, London 2011
  • “Leaves of Grass”, Solo Show, The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology 2010
  • Devon Open Studio 2010
  • Dulwich Open House 2010
  •  “The Upsett”, Basketry Plus, Barbican Centre 2009
  • “Medicine Wheel Inspired”, British Museum 2008/9
  • Dulwich Craft and Design Fair 2007
  • Dulwich Home and Garden Show 2007
  • “Eight samples: Wasp” City Lit 2007
  • Nine Days of Art, Devon 2005
  • “Bark Vessels”, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter 2005
  • The Mansion, Totnes 2004

Training:

  • Crafts Council emerging makers development programme participant 2009
  • Diploma design and craft (constructed textiles) in the context of basketry 2005-8
  • Creative basketry C&G Certificate 2001-4

Memberships:

  • Basketmakers’ Association (Committee member)
  • Basketry Plus (www.basketryplus.org)
  • Craft Central (www.craftcentral.org.uk)