Back-basket (straps to be added)
I’ve been enjoying a few unusual commissions this summer, which has been fun and challenging. Now starting to make stock for the upcoming local winter fairs and events, namely:
- Tunbridge Wells Farmers Markets: 12th November; 10th and 22nd December (9am-2pm, outside Town Hall)
- Great Dixter Winter Fair: 26th & 27th November (details to follow)
- Wilderness Wood Winter Fair: 3rd and 4th December (10am-4pm), Hadlow Down, East Sussex.
Looking forward to meeting old and new customers!
From 19th – 28th August there will be an exciting programme of arts events held in and around Rushlake Green in East Sussex. Check the link to the website:
Little Arts Festival
I will be demonstrating basketmaking at the ‘Craft in the Making’ event at the village hall in Bodle Street Green (BN27 4UB), 11am-4pm on Saturday 20th August.
Craft in the Making Event
Busy in the workshop again today on another commission for someone’s garden. They wanted an asymmetric, rope-coil pod-like form. Really enjoying making these, although its very physical using all that material… I need a massage now!
Olives and Ochres
Rope Coil Asymmetric Log basket
Rope Coil Asymmetric Log
Pod and Cocoon
This week I’ve really enjoyed working on some commissions and getting into the flow with the ‘rope coil’ technique, playing with asymmetry and more sculptural forms. I love the juxtaposition of the smooth reddish brown of the buff willow against the variation in texture and colour that the bark of the ‘brown’ willow (which is often shades of olive green to deep purples) gives.
Its been a productive month since France… beginning my ‘6 of each’ homework for AC (first pea-picker and peck pictured); two encouraging weeks at open studios; enjoying making hurdles in sunshine and rain; practicing underfoot walk-around slewed bottoms; recycling hazel and willow excess into Forest School projects; seeing what my bike basket looks like on Tanya’s bike. Generally feeling excited and motivated by it all. Oh and some new commissions to work on over the summer. Jolly good.
Lots of positive response… just not much footfall!
Checking out the handiwork… less than impressed
Day One of Weaving new stock for the Cuckoo Fair, to be held at the Bell in Ticehurst on Sunday 15th May. Thought I’d start small with these two bread/fruit baskets to get my eye in again… having fun combining different willows (the red/black/yellow tones I’ve grown myself), and a plaited border for a change, in white willow.
Fantastic news! I’m thrilled to be partially funded by NADFAS (The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) and the HCA (Heritage Crafts Association), who have kindly agreed to support my developing career as a craftsperson, as part of their brilliant work and objectives supporting the arts and heritage crafts. I will be using the funding to pay for 1:1 tuition with expert basketmakers Adrian Charlton and Joe Hogan, who between them have a combined experience of nearly 70 years, and both make stunning work which I have long admired. So exciting! Thank you NADFAS and HCA, I am so grateful for this contribution and proud to be representing your organisations which are doing such good work ensuring artists and craftspeople develop and thrive.
Many thanks also to Mary Butcher and Eddie Glew for supporting me during the application process.
The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) works to advance decorative and fine arts education and appreciation, alongside promoting the preservation of artistic and cultural heritage. NADFAS is a UK based charity and supports a network of over 360 local Societies across the country. In addition, a number of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies in mainland Europe, and Australasia are also supported. NADFAS Societies bring together groups of like-minded individuals through regular meetings, study days, visits, tours and a number of volunteering activities including Church Recording, Heritage Volunteering and our Young Arts programmes. NADFAS also supports the decorative and fine arts through a grant giving programme. Find out more atwww.nadfas.org.uk
Still working on the perfect design for the strap bag…
Having to work with buff today as this cold weather means my brown willow isn’t ready yet… frustrating initially but pleased with the results.