Helena Golden, also known as the Willow Woman, is a talented basket maker located in Leitrim Village, Ireland. Her work is inspired by the natural beauty of her idyllic surroundings and the ancient craft of basket making. With over 10 years of experience, Helena has developed a range of products that are not only stunning but also sustainable. She creates hand-woven baskets and unique homeware items using her very own sustainably grown willow. Helena grows 6 different varieties of willow.
Helena’s love for basket making began as a recreational activity, but quickly turned into a passion. She found herself drawn to the ancient craft and was fascinated by the intricacies of basket weaving. With her master’s degree in communications, she decided to combine her skills and passion and started offering basket weaving courses.
Helena’s workshops, both online and in-person, are designed to give participants the skills to weave their own practical and decorative home-ware items. These items range from bread baskets and blackberry baskets to bird feeders, garden obelisks, and plant pots. Helena’s approach to teaching is relaxed and welcoming, making it easy for even beginners to learn and enjoy the craft.
Helena’s commitment to sustainability is evident in all her work. She uses sustainably grown will and other natural materials in her creations. This not only makes her products environmentally friendly but also ensures that they are of the highest quality. Helena believes that basket making is not just a craft but also a way of connecting with nature and preserving traditional skills.
Located on the banks of the Shannon Blueway, Helena’s studio is a peaceful and inspiring place to learn the craft of basket making. With the sound of the river in the background and the natural beauty of Leitrim all around, it is easy to see why Helena draws so much inspiration from her surroundings. Her work reflects the beauty and simplicity of nature, making it the perfect addition to any home.