This workshop was part of Strode College’s Summer School programme. The workshop ran from 9am – 3pm with several participants finishing early!
As part of the AONB ‘Changing Landscapes’ project in the Stour Valley (Suffolk), I was invited to run a workshop last Saturday.
The workshop participants used materials from the landscape weaving them into a large fish. The fish represented
a) the ‘unseen’ segment of the landscape
b) the Stour Valley which inspired both Sir Alfred Munnings and Constable
c) the current work that the AONB have been undertaking in controlling invasive plant species
d) the sensitivity of the aquatic enviornment to change
It was a fantastic day, full of laughter, creativity and sunshine.
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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.
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.
Pylle village hall was a great venue for a willow wigwam weaving workshop on Saturday. I was commissioned by East Pennard Gardeners to run a workshop just for them, it was day full of fun and banter interspersed by silent moments of deep concentration! Everyone made beautiful wigwams, some people experimented with different weaving techniques and the refreshments were plentiful with the most fantastic cakes baked by members of the group.
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.
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.