Ruth Castle is well known for her woven works, black dyed rattancore Decorative Dishes with their elegant, precise centres, giving way to swirling designs captured in the edge structure, as well as her hanging sculptural forms using rattancore as well as other vines, lichens and other scavenged fibres that she weaves, curves and coils, collaborating to create sculptural structure and form.
“I don’t draw up formal designs, but often let the material take me where it will. I’m a great believer in the happy accident and will let my plan change mid-stream if a new idea or direction takes shape as I work.”
Ruth Castle’s work is appreciated contemporarily for it’s rarity, skill, beauty and longevity; while defying the consumerism of the non-sustainable and mass produced. “Baskets bring warmth and texture and pleasure into a home. They enrich our lives.
To Clean The baskets may be washed gently in warm, soapy water.
Dry in the shade in an airy situation. It is important that the basket is completely dry.
Oil the basket once the basket is completely dry to prevent the fibres from drying out. Neatsfoot oil is recommended but vegetable oil can be used.
Hanging the Basket in Bright Light Situations If hung in strong sunlight the basketware will fade very slowly.
As Ruth Castle says “the baskets will fade a bit if hung in strong light but they do fade nicely and it will take a number of years”.