Alison Fitzgerald trained as a botanist before moving from England to Ireland in 1980. This background gave her a fascination with the many varieties of willow and inspired her to try basket weaving.
Soon she met other Irish basket makers from the shores of Lough Neagh where willow growing and basketmaking had once flourished but was now dying out. This inspired her to learn as much as possible about the traditional frame baskets from that area.
She established her workshop, Greenwood Baskets in 1985. Since then Alison has built up a reputation as a maker and teacher, creating her own designs which incorporate the subtle natural colours of locally grown Irish willows. This work is eco-friendly; no machines are used, simply the skills of hand and eye.
She has been invited to teach, and exhibit her work at venues and galleries all over Ireland, as well as the UK, Europe and America