Mary Crabb




It’s not easy to define who I am and what I do, as my practice is informed by years of exploring, experiences and curiosity. Throughout my childhood I was always making. However as soon as I made my first willow basket, I knew I had to make more. An introduction to textile basketry and the suggestion to try some different materials took my making in a new direction. Working with fine flexible materials, with the use of a few simple tools, I sit on the edge of basketry and textiles, drawing skills from both areas: adapting techniques, exploring and experimenting. Most of my textile basketry work uses the technique of twining. Twining is very accessible; it doesn’t need a lot of space, expensive equipment, or even materials. You just need a lot of patience and time, as twining is slow. 
Mary and Tedi


Solo Exhibitions

Significant Figures: remembrance through making. Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester.

Willow to Wire, Horsham Museum & Art Gallery

Group Exhibitions

2021 Forces in Translation installation. Ruthin Craft Centre.

2021 Basketry – Rhythm, Renewal & Reinvention. Ruthin Craft Centre.

2021 Warp, weft, stitch, thread. Gallery 57, Arundel, West Sussex.

2020 Elements: wood metal. Gallery57, Arundel, West Sussex.

Basketry – Function & Ornament. Ruthin Craft Centre.

MADE: folding, bending, weaving, twisting. Qube Gallery, Oswestry.

Summer Show 2016: Weave, The Makers Guild in Wales, Craft in the Bay
Inspire: Winter Selling Exhibition, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimbourne, Dorset


2021 Weaving Windmill Loops to Create Surfaces with Varying Curvature. Stephanie Bunn, Mary Crabb, Hilary Burns, Geraldine Jones, Charlotte Megroureche, Ricardo Nemirovsky. The Bridges Organisation 2021.

2020 The Material Culture of Basketry edited by Stephanie Bunn and Victoria Mitchell.

I am a contributing basketmaker writing a chapter in Part Two: Basketry as maths, pattern and engineering – Counting, number, loops and lines…

2020 Making Histories, Sharing Histories: Putting University – Community Collaboration into Practice 

I have contributed ‘Studying Objects’ as a community researcher for the Basketry & Beyond heritage group.

2018 Seeking remembrance through making by Rupert Toovey.

Page courtesy of the West Sussex Gazette.


2018 Beyond the Battlefields
Kathe Buchlers Photographs of Germany in the Great War. This book contains a short contribution, made my me, in response to a photograph from the collection. A copy of the publication can be purchased through UH Press.


2017    Featured artist, Meet the makers, Countryside Voice CPRE, Summer 2017

2016    Featured artist, Silver Award 2016: Specialist Media, craft&design September/October 2016

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