As I mentioned in the July issue of
Wicker Woman’s Weavings, President of the Basketmakers’ Association Olivia Elton Barratt and members of the BA are building two 14 ft. buff willow “giants” called Gog and Magog. That’s Olivia’s artist’s rendition of Magog–Gog has a “ball and chain on a stick”.
These giants are Olivia’s project during her 2006-2007 term in the
Worshipful Company of Basketmakers, serving in the highest position as the very first Lady Prime Warden! She will be installed in the Court in October following the parade through the streets.
It is in this parade that the WILLOW Gog and Magog will travel through the streets of London, and hopefully, later take residence in
Guildhall on display for all to see and enjoy.
I was the only American to work on weaving these “giants” during my ten-day stay with Olivia when I traveled to England on my
McKnight-ARAC Fellowship Grant. Olivia later took me all over England to see the basketweaving and seatweaving sites. Stay tuned for more blog posts and pictures of this exciting project!