Archive for the ‘willow’ Category

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.      http://www.blackswan.org.uk/

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

Murmurations

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Home made iris, reedmace, crocosmia cordage murmurations

These forms will be in the exhibition at the Courthouse Gallery from 2nd July – 13th August

Secret Swans – Frome

Friday, June 17th, 2016

As part of Frome Festival & Frome Open Studios, I have made a large willow and silver birch nest for the Secret Swans trail that runs from 2nd July – 10th July.

This is an exciting trail – 30 artists in 30 different venues (shops, cafes, galleries…) around the town.  The artwork is available for sale by secret auction.

The event celebrates 30 years of  the Black Swan Arts centre in Frome and money raised will go towards essential building repairs needed at Black Swan Arts & the Round Tower.

http://bit.ly/1Xt1Vwk

Martyn Sheppard – photographer

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Here are some fabulous photographs of my work by Martyn Sheppard

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/

Stop & Stare, exhibition Frome

Friday, May 13th, 2016

I am exhibiting my willow work alongside painters Miriam Sheppard and Ann Warren at The Round Tower, Black Swan Arts in Frome.  The exhibition opened last Saturday and runs until 28th May.

Our works sits very well together and we have received many comments reflecting this.  The Round Tower is a beautiful venue made all the more special by fabulous lunches, cakes and coffee served in the sunny courtyard outside.

Do come and say hello, we are open Monday – Saturday 10-5pm

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.

Working with willow

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Photographer Heather Edwards, visited to take a series of pictures of me working with willow, the whole set will be published next year in a national magazine, more details to follow…

Arc welding

Friday, March 25th, 2016

At Christmas I was given an arc welder, the tool filled me with both fear and opportunity however it remained in its box until an interesting commission landed in my inbox on 8th January;  “Could I make an 8 foot high willow wine glass?”  Well actually yes I can, what great timing, I kitted up and got practicing with the  welder.

To my surprise another commission came through soon afterwards;  I have a large 2D willow apple (about 3.5m diameter) in the hedge of our orchard on the A37 and a lady wanted a smaller one (1.4m diameter) to put up on a large indoor wall.  A simple metal frame using 6mm steel rod helps this otherwise quite delicate design.