Posts Tagged ‘willow weaving’

Exhibition at Glastonbury Abbey

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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!

Willow sham castle

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Despite chilly fingers and getting wet on Friday, year 4  pupils at Oldfield Park Junior school have just completed a 4.5 metre willow castle which will be a great play den.

Somerset Arts Weeks approaching fast

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Nearly finished this swing for Somerset Arts Weeks – you will be able to see it at Venue 146 (Pylle Village Hall)

I will also be running willow dragonfly workshops on Sunday 28th September and Thursday 2nd October 2014 – 11.15am to 2.45pm.  £30 per person, advance booking essential

Dragon making – Nr Bath

Friday, July 4th, 2014

I have just completed a very enjoyable 3 day residency in a local school during which time we built a 6 metre long dragon!

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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Dragons eggs by the fire

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

First the dragon, then the nests now the eggs…  The Bishops Palace in Wells has commissioned me over the past 3 years to weave a 12 meter long dragon, two large nests and now 5 special dragon’s eggs.  The dragon is hidden in the arboretum at the Palace and forms the end point to a children’s dragon trail. 

The date has been in the diary a long time so today I put on all my warmest clothes, hats, gloves, extra socks… and set off with some trepidation to work outdoors in the arboretum – willow weaving and arctic weather conditions do not go well together.  The Palace provided me with two eager volunteers to help with the weaving, we all put on a brave face but only lasted 90 minutes before the cold got to our bones.  We were then installed in the Palace entrance hallway in front of a crackling fire – what bliss!  

Thank you Pam and Sheila for your help with the weaving.

Willow den – Essex

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Essex based landscapers, TCL Arbscapes, commissioned me to make a willow den for one of their projects.  I spent a couple of freezing days working in the garden, the hens kept me company as they took a surprising level of interest in the structure!

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!

A carbon zero garden

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

A show garden is one of those totally unrealistic and exhausting projects that must be built in a week in all weathers only to be dismantled 3 days later! It is the sort of thing that I usually try to avoid however this time the show was very local to me, I used all recycled materials and the garden brought together design, horticulture, willow and willow weaving.   It was a garden commissioned by the Royal Bath and West  Society.

The garden was designed as an inspiring work space for willow weaving workshops as well showing off some well designed raised beds using locally reclaimed timber.  It was a carbon zero garden on account of its recycled materials, its locality, the fact that I grew the plants myself (these were mostly coppiced willows) and that everything would be reused again.

The garden was well received with a silver medal and it was a great show!

Willow and garden design

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Garden design, plants and willow weaving are my passion.  Brought up in a family of artists, I trained in horticulture and my enthusiasm for plants and design eventually nudged me up against the world of willow weavers.   

Willow is the perfect renewable material, it grows happily throughout the UK and there are many simple weaves which are easy to master.  Creating willow structures in your garden is a great outlet for your creativity and if you have your own source of willow you need not feel restrained!  I love growing willow as it is beneficial to much insect life and its winter stems add valuable colour to the garden through the winter months.

I have just completed some willow screens which I feel add a gentle dynamism to borders, they can be moved around to sit in gaps and used as a backdrop to existing plants.