Miniature rush baskets from the Elwy Valley
Rosie made her first rush basket at the tender age of eight. Having collected a bundle of rushes from the field in front of her house; she decided to weave a basket - making it up as she went along.
Some years later, after returning home from studying Drawing and Applied Art at the University of West England, Rosie rediscovered the little rush basket she had made all those years ago. With the same determination she had displayed as a child, but this time with some guidance from her mother (basket maker Mandy Coates) and with the help of some books, Rosie taught herself to weave with rush.
Rosie has adapted simple and traditional weaving techniques to suit her individual style and scale of working. She sometimes uses a form to help achieve the desired shape of the basket, but admits that the final outcome is often dictated by the temperament of the rush itself. Rosie finds that bulrush is particularly satisfying to work with due to is soft and supple qualities, as well as having a fantastic aroma of fresh hay once dried.