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About Rosie

At the age of 8 Rosie made her first rush basket using a bundle of rush she had collected from the field in front of her house.

Rosie graduated from the University of the West of England, Bristol with a degree in Drawing and Applied Art.

She moved back to North Wales after finishing at University in 2012. On her return she fell back in love with the craft of basket making and developed her knowledge and skills under the guidance of her mother the esteemed basketmaker, Mandy Coates.

Since 2012 Rosie’s work has been exhibited at The Scottish Gallery, The Bluecoat Display Centre, Art in Action and Mostyn.

Rosie’s work can be bought at the Ruthin Craft Centre shop,  The Bluecoat Display Centre, Storiel (Bangor) and Mostyn Shop.

Rosie teaches various workshops throughout the year at The Woodland Skills Centre, Iard and Westhope College

Her Work

Rosie predominantly works on a small scale using natural materials such as Bulrush and Common Juncus, creating fine, decorative and functional baskets.

Rosie uses simple traditional weaving techniques which she has adapted to suit her style and scale of working.

Each basket Rosie makes is unique.

“When I begin to make a basket I never quite know what the final shape will be. The unpredictability of the natural materials means that the final outcome is somewhat dictated by the temperament of the rush.”

Photos from the Workshop

Rosie taught at ffowndri on Sunday 23rd June 2019. Here are some of the photos from the day.