Louise McLean is a 3D willow artist/designer of bespoke and traditional baskets with a workshop and studio on the outskirts of Portrush.
Each hand-crafted piece of work is inspired by the rugged landscape and coastlines of Ireland. Louise Integrates a wide variety of natural materials including home grown willow, and found elements such as pebbles, driftwood and even seaweed!
Louise teaches basketry courses province-wide, has exhibited and sold works internationally and appeared on national television.
Trevor has enjoyed living along the Causeway Coast for the past 25 years, situated just outside Portrush he has acquired over many years a variety of traditional craft skills, including coppice crafts & chair -making, basketry and most recently working with Driftwood.
Having first discovered a passion for basketry he studied over many years with makers throughout Ireland, including renowned Master basketmaker Joe Hogan. (Galway)
This same passion developed into being able to combine several mediums to create one off pieces of furniture. Trevor spent time in West Cork working on honing his skills of Coppice crafts and in particular chair making , These skills combined with growing and coppicing sustainable wood has now seen some of his exhibition work now residing in France and America.
While many pieces of driftwood are stunningly beautiful as they are, he gets great satisfaction from enhancing even the most simplistic piece and creating an object of beauty to be admired for many years to come when it takes on a new purpose , a new shape, a new form.
A small studio space created from part of the existing remains of an old stone shed and wall at the rear of our home has meant that completed products can be displayed.
This has become quite a focal point for tourists who stop off and very much want to see products that are produced locally, they especially enjoy seeing traditional heritage crafts that are home grown and sustainable.
They can walk around the grounds and see our willow beds and woodland area that is always a hive of activity with birds and wildlife. We have welcomed visitors and tour groups, we have in the past hosted specialist tours from Norway and New Zealand, who share a deep desire for all things woven and wished to take part in a workshop.