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…
Weaving willow dragonflies at The Art Tree gallery in Shepton Mallet
A living willow tunnel where diagonal weaving provides a lot of inbuilt strength
What a fun ‘Garden Gurus’ team at Glastonbury FM! Tess came out to interview me on site planting trees in my new cider orchard, it was a very wild and windy day and one friend aptly describing it as ‘blowing a hooley’. Despite the hooley Tess managed to catch most of what I had to say about the subsoiling, the short…
During December I was involved in the organising of a lantern parade, this is the first year of the event in Shepton Mallet and it has been a huge success. We ran workshops in 3 local schools plus withthe scouts and three Saturday workshops in an empty shop in the centre of Shepton. Using willow and…
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 (www.sheptonpaperlights.org.uk)
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!
A rainy day so ideal for a half term willow workshop – childen joined me at Kilver Court today making superb dragonflies to take home for their gardens.
Two days working in a Priddy’s tiny school to make decorations for the marquees at Priddy Folk Festival next week. Previously I have worked at the festival making willow fish but these two days involved all the pupils making willow flowers as well as colourful tissue paper and willow flowers.
I have made a solid woven 3.5 meter ‘willow flower tower’ as part of Shepton in Bloom 2010. The tower, surprisingly heavy and only just fitting on my car roof rack, provides a focal point to the bottom of Town Street as well as a sense of fun and a reminder to Somerset’s willow growing tradition.