Gallery 2 & 3
Mandy Coates works within a noble tradition of basketmaking, rooted in time, place, and function. Even her most decorative pieces have their origin in traditional forms which have evolved to be the optimum shape and size for particular uses. Her work ranges from wholesomely sturdy rectangular log baskets, shopping baskets, apple trays and trugs, to more recent forms which incorporate non-functional decorative features.
For Mandy, the process of making baskets is deeply grounded in environment, lifestyle and worldview, an holistic practice rooted in the landscape which surrounds her, and which provides her with colour, structure, material and inspiration. Making is now not a pastime, not even a vocation; it is an entirely immersive way of life.