Mary Crabb


Throughout her childhood Mary was always making. However as soon as Mary made her first willow basket, she knew she had to make more. An introduction to textile basketry and the suggestion to try some different materials took her making in a new direction. Working with fine flexible materials, with the use of a few simple tools, she sits on the edge of basketry and textiles, drawing skills from both areas: adapting techniques, exploring and experimenting. Most of her textile basketry work uses the technique of twining.

More recently Mary’s practice has developed to incorporate more ‘traditional’ textile techniques such as stitching, alongside basketry. She has been thinking specifically about how she wishes the viewer to engage with her work, hoping that it leaves a lasting impression, questions or emotions. She calls it Story Weaving. With a background in maths teaching and museum education, work is inspired by objects and stories from the past, supported with research and experimentation to emerge into a series of pieces that tell a story through the use of facts, figures, and data.


2011-13, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, West Dean College
1993, B Ed (Honours): Middle Age Range, Maths.


Phoenix Contemporary Textile Group
The Basketmakers’ Association
Yeoman Member of The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers


Solo Exhibitions

2018, Significant Figures: remembrance through making. Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester
2012, Willow to Wire, Horsham Museum & Art Gallery

Group Exhibitions

2019, Basketry – function and ornament. Ruthin Craft Centre
2018, MADE: folding, bending, weaving, twisting. Qube Gallery, Oswestry
2016, Summer Show 2016: Weave, The Makers Guild in Wales, Craft in the Bay
2015, Inspire: Winter Selling Exhibition, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimbourne, Dorset
2015, Beastly Magic, SITselect
2015, Basketry Identity, Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames
2014, The Costume and Textile Association for Norfolk Museums Geoffrey Squire 2014, Memorial Exhibition and Competition ‘Silvery Threads’, Norwich Cathedral
2013, The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers Exhibition, Guildhall Library, London
2011, Group Basketry Exhibition, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2011, Basketry Arts Useful & Beautiful, The Apricot Gallery, The Rag Factory, London
2010-11, Precious Reclaiming Art and Craft
2008,  World Basketry, Pinolere Cultural Association
2007, Grace Barrand Design Centre

published work

2018, Contributor, Beyond the Battlefields, University of Hertfordshire Press
2018 January/February, Featured artist, In the Wars, Selvedge, Issue 80
2017 Summer, Featured artist, Meet the makers, Countryside Voice CPRE
2016 September/October, Featured artist, Silver Award 2016: Specialist Media, craft&design
2012, Work featured in Practical basketry techniques, Stella Harding & Shane Waltener
2009, Image included in The Craft Blueprint: a Workforce Development Plan for Crafts in the UK, Creative & Cultural Skills and Crafts Council