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This season I have been making frame baskets, they are less structured and traditional round baskets with potential for a lot of uses. Some workshop participants have really enjoyed making them too.

The willow workshop season at WWT Welney has been busy, lots of new makers learning the amazing potential of working with willow.

Workshop dates at WWT Welney are currently available on the events 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

Commission and workshops October 2019

I worked with Artillery Arts for Grandad’s Island events. There were a series of installations and workshops in various venues round the E17 area of Waltham Forest which is London’s first Borough of Culture.

Grandad’s Island is a beautiful book by Benji Davies and it provides the theme for all the activities, so we shared lots of journeys and memories with all ages.

I have also been working with The National Trust at Anglesey Abbey. I was asked to make a piece to display their amazing dazzling Dahlias

There is a rumour it will also be on show for the Winter Lights event.

willow installations
For Dazzling Dahlias event

The Fenland and Ouse Washes Story Quilt was in use in the summer, it’s great to hear how people are making use of this resource. It was made in a series of workshops as part of the OuseLife exhibition Secret Life of Ely Cathedral’ in 2016. To find details about hiring, links to people and organisations involved and suggestions for how to make good use of it the link is here for Story Quilt details

Workshops in 2019

Workshop details

One of the best places to source willow in the Fens is Holt Island in St Ives. Very close by is The Norris Museum where I will be teaching on March 21st how to make plant supports for gardens in the area. This workshop is for both beginners and those who have made with willow previously. For booking go to museum face book page

Plans for this year’s willow workshops are happening very fast.  Workshops at WWT Welney are booking up so the last three of the season will be busy. Brakehill Lodge in Carbrook, Norfolk have 2 more workshops fully booked with students so it is very likely we will have more there, it’s a lovely place to work so gets booked very quickly. The Norris Museum, St Ives is hosting workshops as well, so plenty of places to choose from.

New venue

I am excited to run my Basket Making and Sculpture willow workshop at Brakehill Lodge Farm, near Thetford on November 17th, booking is already filling up so there are bound to be lots of interesting projects to hear about.

New Shapes for the new season

Random weave baskets can be tricky to make, but are great for all sorts of uses, to hold balls of wool, fruit, and even Easter eggs.

Come and learn how to make them at the workshop on March 3rd at WWT Welney

Art Science Event at Telefonica, Madrid

A different sort of workshop audience and opportunity, I was part of the team presenting work as part of SRUK at Telefonica, Madrid. 3 scientists, 3 artists presenting work as part of Madrid Science week.
Jonathan Heras, Juan Gonzalea-Varo, Ana Lopez-Ramirez, Tomas Di Domenico and Marta Fuster Barutell

This was a really interesting event to take part in, the next presentation will be in Cambridge, UK. look out for updates

 

Christmas decorations workshops at WWT Welney this month, combining natural and recycled materials. What’s your Christmas Style this year?

People always add their own character to the willow shapes, balls, stars, hearts, trees they make.

The workshop at Isle of Ely Primary has resulted in a wonderful Giant Apple for Ely’s Apple Day on Saturday 21st October

The whole school took part, everyone learned how to manipulate willow. We are all very proud of the result! The idea of how much apple crumble you could make with this was a good one!

Preparations for an exciting commissioned workshop are taking place on October 10th with children from Isle of Ely Primary School to make a Giant Apple for Ely’s Apple Day on Saturday 21st October

Regular monthly Willow workshops start on September 23rd at WWT Welney, see the calendar for dates and topics.

miniature baskets

This term is a busy one with several workshops and projects already in place and some more in the pipeline. Come back soon to find out more.

If you want to book workshops for a private event, a group or organisation please contact me

Bottle tops and colours
Colour Theory and recycliing
Materials and recycling
Recycling workshop