Meet the Maker Aoife Patterson Basket Maker
Aoife Patterson has work alongside her husband Pat Reid for many years in the Irish Heritage sector. Both have extensive experience in willow work. Their award-winning basketry products are unique, handmade Irish pieces. Aoife’s work is part of theCouncil of Irish Fashion Designers Collaboration Project, having teamed up with milliner Wendy Louise Designs.
To find out more about Aoife visit https://Wicklowwillow.ie
For more information on the Council of Irish Fashion Designers Collaboration Project visit https://irishfashiondesigners.com/
What's a typical day in the studio like for you?
My day is tremendously diverse. On a weekly basis I work with ongoing projects, custom orders, events, self directed work, teaching basketry and ongoing stock production. I can be working with groups, individuals or local authorities depending on the season. I have found my day/week/month is driven by the season, often dictated by holidays, planting and seasonal demands.
What do you like most about your work?
I love working with my hands, the materials and the ongoing challenges I come across. Basketry is an ongoing learning experience, there is always something new. A different approach or weave that makes me stop and think.
What do you like least about your work?
The most difficult thing for me to manage is having to put fiancial challenges and need ahead of my desire to make my own work.
What's your favourite craft item in your home?
I have a beautiful ceramic bowl with a peacock motif which I love.
What other maker in your discipline do you most look up to?
What advice would you give someone who is considering this craft career?
I say to go for it, follow your heart. Work hard, be completely open minded and be generous with skill sharing. It is essential that we pass on our skills and information for the future.
What's your favourite time of the day?
How do you switch off?
I go for a walk, I meet friends, I play with my children. I make a basket that is for my own work, my ideas.
How do you start your day?
I get my children ready for their day.
What's the first thing you do when you leave the studio?
I come home to my family.
In the Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Big Lebowski
Best concert you have ever been to?
Smoked salmon on brown bread with salad.
Music when you're working?
What do you listen to?
Everything and anything. Mostly rock.