I’m very excited to be participating once more at the magical Cranbrook Iron Makers’ Fair this weekend, 5th and 6th August. It will be held at the King John’s Nursery in Etchingham, East Sussex, itself a fantastic venue, with a cafe, shop, and unusual plants to buy.
The fair will consist of local makers, artists and craftspeople demonstrating their skills, talking about their work, and selling their unique handmade items. It was a lovely event last year, really friendly and relaxed. It’s well worth a visit.
These handmade willow ‘Tree-Baubles’ will be adorning the trees and are also for sale if you fancy adding a sculptural element to your garden. Come find me!
Gathering stock ready for the next fair which is at Knepp Castle, West Sussex, on June 3rd and 4th. Looks like its going to be a fun, relaxed and quirky event with a vintage/festival vibe, and plenty to see, do and buy. I’m looking forward to this one… hopefully camping in the sunshine too! See you there! Check out their website: Floral Fringe Fair Website
Had a great day at Wilderness Wood (East Sussex) last week, teaching a great bunch of children how to persuade willow into a functional vessel. It called for lots of perseverance and patience but we got there in the end and everyone ended up with a unique handmade basket! Brilliant!
I’ll be there, with a selection of my latest work… should be a lovely couple of days with lots of vintage and hand-made treasures for your house and garden, all in a stunning setting.
To celebrate my new website and email address, here is a dog in a basket (now, there’s an idea!)…
Seems like I’m getting a lot of orders for log baskets suddenly! Very happy to take on these commissions as they are one of my favourite things to make!
This one (being delivered today to Eggs to Apples in Hurst Green, East Sussex, for their Christmas Bonanza- see eggs to apples farm shop), measures at border height 19.5″, stake to stake diameter 18.5″. Using 6 and 7 foot willow combining Dicky Meadows and Black Maul. With a hint of buff for contrasting band.
I’ll also be appearing (or at least my work will!) at the exhibition detailed below. Do pop in if you are in the area:
I have new shoulder bags in stock, in a range of shapes and sizes. These can be used as foraging vessels or handbags, and can take a surprising amount of weight. They are stylish, practical and unique. Leather straps made from reclaimed leather from Wolfram Lohr’s workshop (http://wolframlohr.bigcartel.com).
Each ‘basket-bag’ costs £75-80 each.
I will be taking them to the Great Dixter Winter Fair at the end of the month (26th/27th0, and if there are any left, to Wilderness Woods for their fair on the first weekend of December.
If you’d rather take your pick before they are released to the masses, get in touch!
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.