left to right: Tim Johnson, Keeping Time Baskets, 2015
6tj small oval: rush, 8.5" x 10" x 11", $2,200
5tj large round: salt rush, 11" x 15" x 14", $3,000 (sold)
4tj medium oval: rush, 10" x 10" x 12", $2,500
8tj Mountain Bow - Donegal willow, birch, rattan & butterburr, 31" x 31", 2013, $2,800
9tj Mountain Bow - Catalan Canya willow, canya, 29.5" x 23.5", 2014, $2,800
Selected collections and exhibition venues:
Museum of Pauma, Mas de Barberans, Catalonia, Spain; Frilandmuseet, Lolland, Denmark; Arts Council of Northern Ireland (permanent collection); Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland (permanent collection); Wicker and Hop Museum, New Tomysl, Poland; New England Regional Art Museum, New South Wales, Australia (permanent collection); Vissingaard Willow and Basketry Museum, Denmark (permanent collection); Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow; National Vlechtmuseum, Noorwolde, the Netherlands; Hove Museum, Brighton and Hove, UK (East Weaves West, traveling exhibition); Hop Kilns Heritage Centre, Isle of Wight, UK (Invisible Pathways); Reventlow Park, Lolland, Denmark; Open Air Museum, Maribo, Denmark; Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal, Ireland, UK (Landscape works 1993-2013; I am here now, solo exhibition); Ruthin Craft Centre, UK (Baskets, catalog exhibition); Johannes Larsen Museum, Kerteminde, Denmark; Cecil Sharp House, London, UK; Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich, UK (Basketry: Making Human Nature).
First Prize: Contemporary, V and VII Contest of International Vegetable Fibers, Museum of Pauma, Mas de Barberans, Catalonia, Spain; First Prize: Contemporary, XV Fira International Basketmaking Competition, Salt, Catalonia, Spain; Second Prize: Contemporary, II Swiatowy Festiwal Wikliny i Plecionkarstwa, Nowy Tomysl, Poland.
“Burn the basket! Or at least light the fire with the paper the word is written on. The problem, of course, is that the most familiar and everyday basket is almost indestructible., you need an angle grinder to cut it up and a foundry to melt it down. The supermarket shopping basket is an unnoticed and unpaired design classic. As soon as we try to define the nature and essence of baskets we unwittingly begin to exclude. Terminology becomes redundant. The deep sighs and ‘tut tuts’ of tradition serve little to preserve forms and techniques, but rather push on other generation to find their creative path.”
iContemporary International Basketmaking, Mary Butcher
(Merrell Holbertson Publishers Ltd, London, UK 1999)