Monica Guilera learnt basketmaking in Catalan tradition combining willow and split european cane, with over 17 years of making and teaching experience she has a wide repertoire and enjoys designing contemporary functional baskets. One of Monica's specialities is the Nansa fishtrap technique that has been used by fisherman around the Mediterranean since ancient times, with deep roots and a modern sensibility Monica's work explores colour, form and pattern ideal for the contemporary home.
Artist and basketmaker team Monica Guilera and Tim Johnson combine traditional and contemporary techniques using a wide variety of locally harvested natural materials to make functional and contemporary baskets, sculptures and large scale installations. Based in Catalonia they source their materials from the countryside and local growers, rigid materials including willow, cane and olive stems combine and contrast with soft materials like oat straw, esparto grass, rush and bark. Tim and Monica teach a wide variety of workshops to students of all ages, together they have worked on sculpture projects, exhibitions and residencies, and delivered workshops in Spain, France, Germany, Denmark and the UK.