Anna Liebmann is a professional basketmaker living and working in Edinburgh.
She was drawn to basketmaking whilst her children were tiny and she lived and worked at a small land-focussed housing co-operative, Talamh, set in 50 acres of farmland in Lanarkshire. A want for beautiful toy baskets coupled with the unsuitability of metal work (her previous passion) around toddlers, and an abundance of natural materials on the land, led her to thinking that making her own baskets would be a good idea.
A lot of willow had been planted at the co-operative for habitat creation, wind shelter, and craft use. Anna became aware of the versatility of willow and was inspired by its zero carbon footprint. She loved the fact that she could create a basket with the use of no fossil fuels bar those involved in the production of the secateurs and the chocolate she ate during the harvesting!
Other basketmakers, ludicrous perfectionism, and a fear of making unsturdy products, have greatly helped Anna on her way. She moved to Portobello 4 years ago and started selling her products at the Portobello farmer's market, and teaching locally. She finds passing on skills and knowledge to fascinated people hugely rewarding and now teaches extensively in the city and beyond. She still attends craft markets around the city and also sells her work in a few galleries across Scotland.
Anna also enjoys working on commissions, repair work, garden projects and larger scale installations and has completed a willow boat bird hide for children in Fife, woven willow tipis and other installations for the Eden Festival in Dumfries and Galloway, a fire sculpture for New Year's Day 2016 at the Kelpies in Falkirk, and sculptures on the beach in Portobello.
Currently Anna has a studio at Out Of The Blue's 'Arts Factory’ in Pefferbank, which replaced some of the creative spaces at Baileyfield in Portobello which are now being developed, but hopes to be working from home soon.
Since 2011 Anna has been on the committee of the Scottish Basketmaker's Circle, and is currently their newsletter editor.
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tel : 0131 6692794