News and what’s happening!

News, updates and information

Here are some beautiful images of baskets made with willow by photographer Eloise Nurse, her website is here . The willow had been prepared for workshops, which were all postponed of course. I have enjoyed making some new shapes and thinking about new workshop projects, also making new  local connections due to the restrictions. I am enjoying not travelling so far most days, and am planning some changes when restrictions are lifted. Watch this space!

In view of the current situation with the risk of virus spreading through events in public places workshops are cancelled or postponed until further notice. We will review and update the website when there is more information available.

I hope everyone is able to spend time making and enjoying a slower pace of life and maybe some time reading or learning something new at home.

Meanwhile I have been making baskets which will be on a new sales page, so come back and check them that out very soon!

Available for sale very soon
Random weave baskets
Available for sale very soon
Available for sale very soon
Available for sale very soon

 

Some reviews and comments by workshop participants, might help you decide about selecting which workshop to come and take part in as soon as we are able to update the bookings

I will be running workshops in Thetford Forest this August, working alongside The Studio who have put a lot of hard work into this venture and a series of workshops.

The lovely setting is The Dower House touring park. I intend to camp if the weather is good and spend some time getting to know the area and Thetford Forest.

The Studio is part of a young  company changing ideas of what happens in the forest ad what people do there!

The Little White Lamb Company is finalist in the Countryside Alliance awards and has been put forward for The Clarissa Dickson Wright Award. This is a huge achievement and I am very proud to be linked with them as a company.

Don’t miss out on the latest workshop dates!

Book here for the Hearts and Flowers workshop  on February 8th at WWT Welney

The Library Presents spring season of workshops has been published.I will be teaching small scale willow sculpture to a wide range of ages and abilities.  Children under 12 years need to work with an adult on collaborative projects. It’s a great opportunity to spend time together learning something new.

For details of all workshops  times, dates and venues Go here

Hearts and Flowers for Valentines or Mothers Day

A possible new workshop if you book soon as a host or participant dates to be arranged. You can also arrange for gift tokens to be sent in advance

Be ready for a Celebration Day in the Fens, June 20th 2020 

Fascinating Fens are coordinating community events, see https://fascinatingfens.com/blog/.

If you are interested contact them here https://fascinatingfens.com/contact/

Please note change of date for the Easter baskets and bird sculptures workshop at WWT Welney, now happening on March 28th

Preparing materials

2019 has been a busy year of workshop activities. Some new techniques shared and discovered both by students and by me. I am looking forward to more if the same in 2020, maybe with longer courses or more one to one teaching sessions, so students have opportunity to learn more about both maintaining and growing willow, to make their own work. If you are interested in this, go to the workshop selection page.

Willow workshops selection and feedback

News, updates and information

FrostArt workshops now has online booking and payments available. I am so excited about this and you may have been waiting a while for it to happen!

Workshop dates at WWT Welney are currently available on the Bookings page

Make a choice from the survey for the workshop selection I look forward to working with you very soon.

Hosting workshops – if you or your organisation would like to host workshops please go to Host page

If you have any queries or there are problems with your bookings please contact me

If you are thinking about coming to a workshop and would like to see what people say about their experience  please go here

Be ambitious!

There are a few places still available for the last workshop of the season on April 6th at WWT Welney. I hope students will be ambitious, making sculptures and items for the garden. Look out for next seasons dates very soon!

Holt Island Heritage Open Weekend

Sunday 16th September I will be taking part in Holt Island Heritage weekend, St Ives, Cambridgeshire. Hoping for good weather and lots of meetings with basketmakers and answering questions from potential basketmakers and maybe do some basketmaking. There will be workshop booking forms and items for sale.

 

Open Greenhouse

The Greenhouse workshop in the Bishops Garden, Ely will be open on June 10th 2p.m. – 6p.m. as part of the NGA Open Garden Scheme, come and see what is made here, there will be items for sale or to commission and details of next seasons workshops. Click on the link for more information about the garden 

figures
large willow vessel
miniatures

New shapes for the new season

basket
John Clare Basket
Random weave container

Come and learn how to make random weave baskets as a spring container. They can be tricky to make, but are great containers in a variety of sizes.  Good for collecting fruit or holding balls of wool, or maybe even Easter Eggs. In fact they can hold almost anything you can think of!

Family workshop making Christmas Decorations

A family workshop at WWT Welney making Christmas Decorations.

I learned how to make this
family learning
Grandma learning how to weave a Christmas tree

Grandchildren, parents and grandparent each made their own and learned a lot, shared ideas and discovered that sometimes the grown ups are not the best learners. They had lots of fun doing it.

Its quite hard, but fun
This stays together by weaving, its amazing!