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/
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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
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.
I have been working towards a joint exhibition with Angie Rooke (landscape painter) and Jo Lucksted (ceramics) at Glastonbury Abbey which opens on Saturday. It is a lovely event and venue – an oasis in the middle of a busy market town. From the exhibition you can see carpets of snowdrops and crocus and if you venture out into the extensive grounds you might find the Ginkgo biloba from which I collected leaves in the autumn and then experimented with in my studio (the results are on show!). Do come along, the exhibition runs until 4th May and when the weather warms up there is an outdoor cafe!