I live in a village on the coast of West Wales with my two dogs. I first found the love of using willow when I attended a course with a friend many years ago at Winterbourne Medieval Barn in South Gloucestershire. I made a basket with handle for collecting my chicken’s eggs and I still have that original basket now. I really loved this experience and seemed to pick up the weaving technique quickly. It gave me a new way to express my creativity. As an Occupational Therapist (OT) I already knew that "meaningful activity" can help with a person’s health and wellbeing. There’s the old joke about OT's being basket makers...….. and yes in my case this turned out to be true.
Whilst on a course with Sarah Webb I found my interest in making willow sculptures and I couldn’t wait to create my own projects when I got home. I have since had commissions to create willow animal sculptures, two of which reside in Ireland and another in Scotland.
I have attended various courses over the years with a range of fabulous instructors including Nora Kennedy in Stroud, Sarah Webb in Westonzoyland Somerset, Mary Zammit in Crickhowell, Amanda Rayner in Monmouth, Justine Burgess in Lampeter, and Jane Welsh in Lampeter. I am currently studying for Level 3 city and Guilds course in basketry at Westhope College in Shropshire who's tutors include Clare Revera and Eddie Glew.
I find it a pleasure to be able to engage in the ancient craft of willow weaving, From just starting with a pile of willow to creating both beautiful and functional objects
Society today is overloaded with plastic and I find it satisfying to be able to produce sustainable alternative hand made products.
Willow Sculpture and basketry