Posts Tagged ‘willow weaving’

Winter exhibition ‘Chill’

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

I have put together a new collection of work combining ceramics and natural materials to form part of the winter exhibition at Heritage Courtyard Studios in Wells. My interest in starling murmurations continues particularly given the time of year. As a focal point I have created a large willow murmuration form inspired by the complex flight patterns of flocks of starlings. Other materials used with the ceramics come from the garden such as Narcissus, Sisyrinchium and reed foliage twisted into cordage.

The exhibition is open until 19th December Tuesday – Saturday 10am-4pm

I will also be having an open day at Pilton Cider Saturday 15th December 10-5pm

6 Heritage Courtyard, Sadler Street, Wells, Somerset  BA5 2RR

Solo exhibition 10 February – 10 March 2018

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

I am hunkering down to a lot of weaving using locally and sustainably harvested materials for my exhibition which is only 8 weeks away.    There will be workshops (see my workshop page) and there will be wow factor!

In this exhibition I will be transforming the exhibition space at ACEarts with bold use of willow and woodland materials; expect an installation that will capture your imagination.

The exhibition will create a refuge for the viewer, to contemplate the works’ subtle colours and textures whilst also reflecting on mankind’s ultimate dependence on the plant world for food, shelter and psychological well being. The exhibition will be a refuge from the cold weather outdoors, offering time for quiet contemplation on the healing power of nature and that of our gardens.

New shop now open

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

I have just opened an Etsy shop, take a look at http://etsy.me/2gyzsEC

Tumbling leaf forms available on Etsy

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Glastonbury Abbey summer exhibition

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Installing willow fish in the Abbot’s Kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey yesterday.   I don’t have a head for heights but exhibition manager and curator Mary Gryspeerdt had no such fears.

The summer exhibition runs from 1st July until September http://www.glastonburyabbey.com

Landscape Magazine feature

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

The current issue of Landscape Magazine has a feature on me and my willow weaving, here are some of the photos taken for the article by Heather Edwards.  These initial photographs were taken 3 years ago when they were submitted to the magazine, it is a long lead time!   http://htedwards.co.uk/ The article was written by Emma Pritchard http://www.emma-pritchard.com/

http://www.landscapemagazine.co.uk/

Leaf forms

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

I am working on a new body of work for Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2017 “Prospect” when I will be exhibiting with multi-disciplinary artist Fiona Campbell at Black Swan Arts in Frome.

Here is a taste of some of the work I will be showing

Black Swan Arts Saturday 16th September – 7th October 2017

Exhibition – Stourhead

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

An joint exhibition: Angela Morley (abstract willow forms), Ann Warren (still life paintings) & Miriam Sheppard (landscapes in oil)

The Priddy Hog

Monday, June 20th, 2016

On Saturday the rainy skies cleared and I helped a small group from the Priddy Folk Festival committee and Mendip Creatives to create a ‘Priddy Hog’.  ‘Hog’ was woven using a sketch drawn by Belinda Brownlea, he will be found at the bar supporting beer cups!

Priddy Folk Festival runs from July 8th – 10th.  www.priddyfolk.org

Of Earth & SKy – Somerton

Friday, May 20th, 2016

I am working on new work to be exhibited  alongside Miriam Sheppard’s paintings at  The Courthouse Gallery, Somerton

2nd July – 13th August

http://www.miriamsheppard.co.uk/

http://www.somarton.co.uk/

http://creativesomerset.com/the-courthouse-gallery/

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.