Posts Tagged ‘birdsnest sculpture’

Sold to highest bidder

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Willow & silver birch nest

Approximately 1m diameter x 30cm high, with simple metal stand
I am very pleased this sold to the highest bidder at Secret (black) Swan Art Trail, Frome 1-10th July 2016
40% of the sale is being donated to Black Swan Arts towards their current fund raising campaign, see also the 1000 postcards.

The birds are nesting

Monday, April 25th, 2016

My willow sculptures when placed outdoors often prove to be attractive to nesting birds, last night I noticed that a wren has recently built its mossy nest in this old willow flower on the east facing end of the shed.

Sustainable sculpture

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Sculpture in the garden can act either as a focal point or as an element of surprise enlivening an otherwise dull area of wall or a dark shady corner.  Right now during Somerset Arts Weeks you will be able to see many different forms of sculpture: bronze, stone, steel, wood, ceramic and willow…  My medium is willow and other natural materials (silver birch, leaves, field maple, dogwood…), woven into simple forms highlighting the colours and textures of the materials.

Willow is an amazing material, exploited for its pliable stems and ability to regenerate after cutting.   It has been used for thousands of years woven into functional objects such as baskets, fish traps, fences, tracks for roads over boggy ground… It is a truly sustainable material and traditionally most small holdings would have had their own stand of willow for ongoing repair and making of new structures.

My willow sculptures not only do they slowly return to nature in the garden but often birds nest in them during this process.  I harvest my materials in the winter from the garden, local hedgerows and withy beds on a completely sustainable basis.  Sculptures outside will last approximately 2 years however given a bit of shelter (north facing wall or under a lean-to) will last much longer.

Moorwood Art goes to Hereford

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

This is the culmination of 7 days of weaving and gathering.  Vine prunings from the local vineyard at Wraxall, wild clematis, hazel, Virginia creeper, ash twigs and dogwoods have all been carefully woven into these willow balls to celebrate Nature’s winter colours and textures. 

All the materials, with the exception of wild clematis, form part of an annual maintenance operation; vineyard maintenance, hedgerow cutting prior to bird nesting, coppiced garden dogwoods and tidying of potentially over vigourous house creeper. 

I love the grooved grey stems of wild clematis, for this I have to go to the woods where it happily climbs up from the forest floor and into the canopy of coppiced hazel.  Foresters consider it a weed as it makes felling a tangled and difficult mess as well as cutting out light from coppiced stools.  It does however provide access to tiny creatures such as doormice up into the woodland canopy.  Sustainable harvesting is necessary however it is a very vigorous climber.

I was asked to make these balls for an exhibition that starts next weekend, they will be suspended from the beams in a barn which should look stunning!  They look great indoors, a conservatory or outdoors where I find that birds usually build nests in them,  I have nick-named them ‘birds nest sculptures’.

Moorwood Art, The Carpenter’s Shop, Whitfield House, Whitfield, Hereford HR2 9BA
Open Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March 2013
10.00am – 1.00pm and 3.00pm – 5.00pm
11th, 12th and 13th March (by appointment only)

Willow dragon – Bishops Palace

Friday, June 10th, 2011

I am in the process of designing a metal frame for a giant willow dragon at the Bishops Palace in Wells.  This involves producing scaled technical drawings, sketches, a paper model and sourcing a lot of willow!  The frame should be ready at the end of the month so July will be dominated by days of willow weaving with the help of Palace volunteers.  Look out for my next update!

Willow Art Commission – Bristol

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

I have made and delivered three large willow pods for a garden in Bristol, they each measure about 1.1m in diameter and 1.5 – 2metres high.  Made of willow, old man’s beard, dogwoods and silver birch they are textural and bold in shape.    They will provide a strong focal point whilst being attractive to nesting birds and will eventually return to nature thus completing an interesting life cycle!

Large willow sculptures

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

These are work in progress of my latest commission, lots of sticks and stiff fingers.

Birdsnest Sculptures!

Friday, April 1st, 2011

It is official… my garden sculptures are birdsnest sculptures as voted by the birds themselves!  They just can’t resist building nests in them and I am delighted.