Bob Johnston Baskets
Bob Johnston creates contemporary showpiece willow animal sculptures which are both lifesize and realistic. Each piece is woven by hand and completely unique.
The sculptures have evolved from the traditional basket weaving techniques Bob uses to produce mummer’s masks.
This process begins by personally growing over 40 different varieties of willow to enable him to choose from a large palette of colours and textures. He carefully selects each rod and uses a dense, random weave to create form with detail, giving a feeling of movement and injecting a hint of expression.
His sculptural work is innovative in that unlike basketry there is no pattern or formula to follow. The sculptures are a creation of aesthetic vision and skill in manipulating a basic willow rod into a thing of beauty and form. His signature is in the detail!
Bob Johnston creates instantly recognisable animals which are more than simply an outline. They encapsulate movement, expression and always have a hint of personality.