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Still on maternity leave!

IMG_1440Here’s a shot from a couple of years ago to keep you entertained… hens are slightly lower maintenance than a 4-month old baby! Anyway, nice to recall that summer does exist on a wet n’ windy January day. I’ve had a long break from making since Ingrid arrived, itching to get my hands on some more willow, so I’m looking forward to a 2 day square-work project booked with Eddie Glew in March.

Maternity Leave

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I’m on Maternity Leave from September 2017- July 2018, but you can catch me (plus new creature in above ‘vessel’ if s/he still fits in it!) at the Great Dixter Winter Fair (25th-26th November), where I’ll be selling work and running a couple of children’s mini-workshops. Check out the ‘workshops’ page for details.

Otherwise see you next summer!

 

Maker’s Fair this weekend

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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!

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Weaving Workshop at Wilderness Wood

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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!

 

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It’s been a ‘quietly busy’ month, willow-wise. A little break from making post-new year but plenty to do with harvesting last year’s willow, planting 17 different varieties of willow cuttings on a new site, and teaching a workshop at the lovely Lewes Seedy Saturday. Lots of planning for the next few months as well… Winter is therefore a jolly helpful pause in the frenetic momentum of life.

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the harvest, gleaming in the sun

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new willow cuttings in (500 of them!)

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A happy and talented student making a sweet pea obelisk at my workshop as part of Lewes Seedy Saturday