Willow Sculpture Workshop
Willow craft has been used by different cultures for hundreds of years. Most people just think of basket weaving but there are many exciting ways to use this versatile material. Willowtwisters specialise in willow sculpture and craft workshops. They are a talented, creative, mother and daughter team. Sara Holmes is a freelance artist and sculptor. She has created impressive large scale pieces of public art, as well as private commissions. Hanna Holmes has travelled extensively, using her creative approach in her teaching. She has coordinated craft workshops with a variety of different age groups and abilities.
Sara and Hanna were so pleased with the new website, that I designed for them, that they offered me a place on their Willow Sculpture Workshop.
I decided to create a Brian Froud style fairy as I’ve always been a fan of his work, since discovering the film “Labyrinth”. Sara creates the basic structure in steel and the willow is woven into it.
The workshop was held in a beautiful garden in Pirbright with a small group of students. Weaving the willow was an incredibly therapeutic process, once we all got the hang of it and we all went silent with concentration. Sara is an incredibly patient teacher, talented artist and very helpful. She laid on a delicious lunch but we all wolfed it down as everyone was so intent on finishing their sculptures.
By the end of the day, everyone had made something beautiful. There was a stag head, a mermaid, a rabbit, a sheep and my fairy.
Ethel the fairy is now living in my back garden.
Willowtwisters.com is now live. If you are interested in joining one of their Willow Sculpture or craft workshops, you can find further information here. Regular tutorials and tips can be found on their Pinterest board and they can be followed on Instagram and Facebook for updates. They have also started an online school on their website.