Containers of Possibilities
Sherry Doyal, fibre artist, studied creative basketry part
time between 2001 and 2008 culminating in a Diploma in design and craft (constructed
textiles) in the context of basketry (City Lit, London 2008). She was selected
as a participant in the Crafts Council emerging makers development programme
(2009). She is a founding member of the exhibiting group Basketry Plus.
Following a 30 year career as a museum conservator Sherry returned to North Yorkshire in 2013. Sherry now works from her studio Tanacetum in Knaresborough, www.tanacetum.co.uk. A trained adult and further education teacher (Exeter College 1998), she runs art and craft workshops for galleries, organisations and from her own studio.
Sherry has an interest in natural philosophy and the sciences, particularly botany. As a maker she explores plant materials using drawing, basket and paper making techniques. Her work hopes to evoke a reflective, kindly sorrow in the transience of natural materials and life. As a basket maker Sherry is inspired by the Japanese wamono basket tradition. She works with woody materials such as bamboo, willow and barks but also uses leaves and dried flowers. Through her practice she wants to stimulate interest in often overlooked materials and historic natural science collections.
Sherry exhibits regularly at fairs and in gallery settings. Her publications include contributions on basketry field work with First Nation North Americans.
web : http://tanacetum.co.uk