Judy Simmonds

Judy Simmonds came late in life to basket making but now pursues the craft with the same passion that marked her creative ventures as a chef and concert singer.  Her passion is the spiral construction, a “Perigourdin”.  Strength and stamina are required for this elegant and practical design: following a rhythmically precise pattern, the maker must nudge over 100 willow rods in an ever-outwardly moving curve. Judy was shown the rudiments by Norbert Faure at the 160 year old basket makers co-operative at Villaines-les-Rochers in France and spent months of failed attempts in learning her craft.