Archive for the ‘schools’ Category

… and a cow – Somerset

Friday, June 17th, 2011

10 butterflies, 5 fish, 3 deer and a cow!  I am not sure that I have been involved with the making of so many beasts in such short succession before, it has been fun although my fingers are looking rather worse for wear.

Yesterday I worked with a very motivated group of Learning Support Assistants, they were all new to weaving and were given the task of making a willow cow! (to reflect the local environment of the school).  The sun came out and the task was embraced with an enthusiasm which grew stronger as the day progressed – what a  pleasure for me!  By the end of the afternoon the cow was complete with a bell and a daisy in her mouth!

Deer in the garden – Winchester

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Yesterday in the torrential rain, beneath the shelter of a garden gazebo, I was helped by members of the public to build a willow deer in a wildlife garden just outside Basingstoke.  Today, in the dappled shade of another wildlife garden 26miles away, I helped 80 children build 2 of their very own deer.  Last week I myself made 5 willow fish and 8 paper and willow butterflies – what a week!

Large willow teacher -Somerset

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Today I worked with a group of teachers for their inset day.  They decided to make a willow person however over the course of the day this person became not only larger than life but also the school’s head teacher.  I think the children are in for a surprise on Wednesday!  it will be their turn in a few weeks time when there is talk of weaving a smaller person and a cow!

Willow tunnel – Southampon

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

This strong living willow tunnel became quite basket-like the more I wove in the diagonals.  It was a damp half term day but there were still children at this day centre, who, dressed in wet serious weather gear, came out to watch my progress and were delighted to play in it at the end of the day.

Willow creatures – Yeovil

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Yesterday I spent a lovely day in the inspiring art department of Preston School in Yeovil.  Working with 30 pupils we made a range of insects and creatures during the course of the day, many dragonflies, jellyfish, a mole, hermit crab, ladybird…

The first willow tunnel of the season – Wells

Monday, December 13th, 2010

This is the season of living willow structures and despite the recent cold spell, the temperature has been rising over the last few days thus allowing all those with garden projects to make a bit of headway. 

Today I worked with a primary school to create a 3m living willow tunnel, 54 children took part and as well as enjoying some gentle winter sunshine their teachers treated them to hot chocolate to warm their fingers. 

Lantern making workshops – Shepton Mallet

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Today I worked in a local school with year 6 pupils making paper lanterns.  This is one of 7 workshops which will be taking place as part of Shepton Paper Lights Festival on 21st December (

Arts week – Burnham on Sea

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

I worked with year 6 pupils on the first day of their arts week to create a willow person in a small courtyard at the centre of their school.  We were lucky that it was a very warm day for the time of year, the children were great and I found the noisy seagulls a novelty!

Willow Great Crested Newt – Basingstoke

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

It was a glorious day working in a conservation meadow with children and their parents.  The Making (Basingstoke) organised these free workshops at The Vyne (Basingstoke) and I was one of two artists working on the estate that day.  As the day progressed so did the willow newt!

Willow People – Wiltshire

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Lots of willow, three days of glorious sunshine and year 6 pupils
resulted in three exciting figures complete with scooter. 
 willow people  scooter and willow people