Lois Walpole on weaving with Cardboard

Corrugated cardboard has featured heavily in my work. I have always considered it to be a fairly natural material sitting somewhere between trees and paper. It is a wonderful material for basket making being flexible, relatively strong and kind to the things the baskets will contain. Initially I was attracted to it because I was looking for a way to use colour in my work without dying materials and cardboard lent itself to painting.

Then I gave up using paint in my work (on environmental grounds) and so I stopped using card for a while because I couldn’t get excited by brown.

Then boxes started to change and became more colourful as a consequence of the way in which goods are displayed in supermarkets. Previously the boxes were emptied, the goods stacked on the shelves and the boxes taken away out of sight. Now many supermarkets use the boxes as part of the display and the suppliers and manufacturers now see colourful printed boxes as a means of attracting attention to their goods on the shelves. This is good news for me as now I can get hold of plenty of brightly coloured boxes!

So, this year I will be doing more cardboard workshops, somehow the moment seems right for it again as it costs nothing and is readily available, no matter where you live.

Summer school work Brandbjerg Hojskole, Denmark

Lois Walpole, Britain


Lois Walpole is of Anglo Scottish heritage and trained in Sculpture,  Basket Making and Design.

She works full time as an artist/basket maker taking part in and curating national and international exhibitions, working to commission, designing for production, teaching and writing.

She divides her time between the Shetland Islands and the Charente, in south west France, where her studio is based.

Her blog gives the latest about her teaching and exhibitions and is where she talks about the baskets and basket related things that she finds interesting, inspiring, infuriating and intriguing…

Her self imposed rules are “no materials purchased and basket making techniques employed wherever possible”.

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