Posts Tagged ‘workshops’

Making in the exhibition space

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

As part of our exhibition in the Round Tower at Black Swan Arts, Fiona and I have been offering experimental workshops, mine using natural materials.

Willow herons – Strode College

Thursday, July 14th, 2016



This workshop was part of Strode College’s Summer School programme.  The workshop ran from 9am – 3pm with several participants finishing early!

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.

Willow fish project

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

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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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.

Winter weaving for your garden

Friday, February 1st, 2013

A couple of pictures from the last two workshops I have led at Castle Gardens garden centre in Sherborne.

What lovely creations for the garden!

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.

East Pennard Gardeners

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

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.

Workshops at Strode Summer School

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Two weeks of willow workshops at Strode College, lots of exciting creations and great groups of people.

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.