Archive for the ‘schools’ Category

Willow sham castle

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Despite chilly fingers and getting wet on Friday, year 4  pupils at Oldfield Park Junior school have just completed a 4.5 metre willow castle which will be a great play den.

Dragon making – Nr Bath

Friday, July 4th, 2014

I have just completed a very enjoyable 3 day residency in a local school during which time we built a 6 metre long dragon!

Willow Dens – Croscombe

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

The children at Croscombe Primary School spent 3 days helping make 3 large willow dens.  They worked in pairs, during short sessions, to carefully weave the sides of each den.  Despite the freezing spell of weather, the sun made an appearance which helped warm cold little fingers whilst teachers, assisted by some parents, ensured that no one got too cold by providing warm mugs of hot chocolate. 

The dens are made from living willow hence the need to make them during the cold winter months.  I imagine roots will already be taking root and shortly the dens will show signs of green shoots.

Weaving in the woods

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

This morning I worked with an enthusiastic group of children in the woods  making willow Christmas decorations.   We were at the Holly and Hawthorne Forest School near Shepton Mallet, it was a very cold morning, the puddles were frozen and the crispy leaves outlined by tiny icicles but we all kept warm thanks to the fire, hot chocolate and toasted marsh mallows.  Every one made lots of Christmas wreaths and willow stars experimenting with different coloured willows, it was great for the children to be out in the woods weaving with natural materials.

Hampshire Welcomes the World

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

A project inspired by London 2012 Olympics, funded by Hampshire Council, managed by Making Space, Havant.

Hampshire Welcomes the World is a year long exploration and celebration of world cultures and music and an exploration of some of the extraordinary heritage sites in Hampshire.

Five rings, five continents & five different schools.  Each school working on projects linked to each of the 5 continents.  Front Lawn Junior School’s project was based on Oceania. 

Five days of weaving… one day per group of children.

2 day workshop at Hampshire school

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

We had our first taste of a very hot summer’s day this year, it was  a joy to be working outside and I was glad to have my sun hat!  The first day of workshops involved Key Stage 1 children, we wove willow petals which were assembled into willow flowers.  The next day, Key Stage 2 children made a willow deer including the frame, they worked hard and were delighted with the finished piece.


Willow wigwam – Southampton

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The rain held off and Year 6 pupils enjoyed a day outside weaving 6 foot willow rods to create a play den for the whole school.  The children picked up the weave very quickly so we made speedy progress!  To round off the day I even found some St. George’s mushrooms in the carpark!

Art day at a Church school

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

A productive day in a lovely school, I was asked if we could make a cross (amongst other things!) and it came out very well indeed with some lovely detailing in brightly coloured fresh willows and dogwood. 

A dragon at the Palace – Wells

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

It is nearly finished and my fingers are having a couple of days rest - well not really as today was another day of dragonflies but this time at Strode College.  I have designed, installed and woven (with the help of some Palace volunteers) a 12 meter dragon.  The dragon forms a spectacular finish to a new children’s trail at the Bishops Palace in Wells.  Children will look for clues around the Palace and when they discover the dragon, in the tucked away arboretum, they will tie a colourful ribbon on the dragon’s wings.

The dragon is the biggest sculpture I have made to date and it has been a very exciting project in the most beautiful of locations – I love the Palace gardens!

7 day weaving project in school – Somerset

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Today was my last day working at a school in Chilcompton.  Over the past 2 weeks, I have worked with staff and pupils creating some great sculptures: 2 life size (and bigger than life size) people, a cow, a large deer, 3 hens, an owl, 5 large flowers and several dragonflies.  I have witnessed how important the school grounds are to the children and I lost count of how many  times I saw children surveying bugs, the vegetables, emptying the compost bin or feeding the hens.  Many of the staff  I worked with became completely enthused with willow and its possiblities and I hear that some of them have arranged to meet during the holidays with a willow project in mind.  What a school!