Recent work

The Nettles

The ongoing development, since 2001, of a living willow screen and arts and conservation space by the River Slea in Sleaford, run by artsNK. I lead a group of volunteers who meet and develop the space each month.  This is a good example of how living willow can create an environment on a large scale in a public space, providing ‘rooms’ for outdoor workshops, habitat for wildlife, a resource for workshops and even shelter and sticks for dog walkers.


2014

The Lincolnshire Show, my first year at the show, demonstrating weaving alongside other crafters

North Somercotes Primary School a return visit to build an egg, young owl and fully-fledged owl cleverly designed by one of the children.

Various private commissions.

Willow Weaving Workshops - teaching a variety of willow techniques at venues throughout the County - see ‘Courses’


2013

Lesley Manser Primary School KS1 made spheres to create their own caterpillar.

The Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes Project, making bees with children from Huttoft Primary School.

Churches Conservation Trust, Skidbrooke Church.  Hands-on heritage crafts weekend for visitors and volunteers

Support Arts Gardening Education - SAGE Sheffield.  Working wit the gardening team to build a large willow sphere/globe for World Mental Health Day

Arts NK Zygote Festival working with members of the public to build willow pea pods which encased lit green peas for tan evening showcase of arts

Willow Weaving Workshops - teaching a variety of willow techniques at venues throughout the County - see ‘Courses’


2012

Living Willow Fish for Hartsholme Academy, built with the children.

Living Willow Horses - a renovation project for Elsham Hall, converting two overgrown willow figures into horses.

Willow workshops with: The Forestry Commission; Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School art students; Hartsholme Academy for the Lincolnshire Show; Forest School Teachers at Boston West Primary.

Crow Commission - building a 2m high willow crow armature for a Scarecrow Festival

Demonstrating Willow Weaving at Belton House Country Fair, Wrangle Show and at 1000 Years of Craft, Lincolnshire Life Museum.

Willow Weaving Workshops - teaching a variety of willow techniques at venues throughout the County - see ‘Courses’



2011

Wildlife Sculptures for the Christmas Decorations at Doddington Hall.  Life size Deer, Badgers, Foxes, Wild Boar, Hares, Pheasant and Woodpeckers in ‘An Enchanted Forest’ designed by Clare Birch and set in the Long Gallery.

Grey Seal Sculpture - 3m long, built with the children of North Somercotes Primary School, close to the Donna Nook Seal Colony.

SaFire Festival - building a 4 metre high willow Lincoln Imp holding the Olympic Torch.  Made with local volunteers, as part of the Cultural Olympiad, artsNK.

Sarah Price Landscapes and Sue Crabtree - creating willow hurdle planters with children for a Wildflower garden at Holy Trinity Primary School, Tattershall, Lincolnshire.

Willow Sphere ‘skeletons’ for Felt artist Moira West, in a variety of sizes shapes and materials which combine with the overlaid felt in surprising ways.

Willow sheep sculptures - made in residence at Bonner House, Sleaford as part of  reminiscence for older people and for their annual fete.

Willow Sculpture workshops: with BTec/Arts Award students from Carre’s Grammar School, Sleaford; at the Living Islam Festival; at Witham St Hugh’s Primary School; with Extended Schools Family Groups in Hill Holt Wood; with The Priory Witham Academy students.

Basketmaking Demonstration for the Kirton in Lindsey Society’s Edwardian Day

Doddington Hall Craft Fair

Willow Weaving Workshops - teaching a variety of willow techniques at venues throughout the County - see ‘Courses’

Commissions - various small commissions for sculptural baskets and woven animals.


2010

‘Forces of Nature’ Life-size Willow Man for a Silver Gilt award-winning Conceptual Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show

Sarah Price Landscapes and White Light Partnership -willow workshops and building a Living Willow Garden as a follow-on project from ‘The House of Bling’ at Tattershall Castle, with Holy Trinity Primary School, Tattershall, Lincolnshire.

Willow Weaving Workshops - teaching a variety of willow techniques at venues throughout the County - see ‘Courses’

Wildlife Clubs and Gardens - leading after school clubs to create or enhance Wildlife Gardens in Village and City Primary Schools

Living Willow Arbor and workshop at Gainsborough Adventure Playground, with Groundworks Lincolnshire

Outdoor Willow Obelisk Workshop with Forestry Commission volunteers, Osgodby

Willow Mannequin for Mrs Smith’s Cottage Museum, Navenby, Lincolnshire

Wildlife Area and Willow Garden build for Ermine Academy, Lincoln

Willow Insects and Natural forms with sixth form and BTec students at Christ’s Hospital School, Lincoln as part of an exhibition at Whisby Nature Park

Tree-Dressing Day -making willow decorations with Countryside NK, Sleaford


2009

Lincolnshire Limewoods Sculpture Project

-working with Faldingworth Primary School to create a living willow maze, incorporating gothic arches from the architecture of the Limewood Abbeys, at Rand Farm park near Wragby in Lincolnshire. At the centre of the maze is a Lincoln Red calf sculpture.

Lincolnshire Coppice Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show, July.

Designing and creating a curved Hazel hurdle for a silver medal winning sustainable garden design by Guy Petheram.

Sculpture And Plants ’09 Exhibitor, Hall Farm Nursery, Harpswell, Lincolnshire.

Framing the Landscape workshop for artsNK, Sleaford.

Living Willow Screen for Licorice Park performance area, Lincoln, working with BTCV and Lincoln College students.

Magical Woodland Weekend, willow workshops for the Woodland Trust, Goltho, Lincolnshire.

Nest Building -with local school groups and The Woodland Trust in the Old Wood, Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire


2008
Living Willow Pods for Bassingham pre-school, part of a garden created by Hill Holt Wood
Family workshops in The Nettles, Sleaford - large willow spheres and freeform nests, part of the Spires and Steeples Trail
Avedale School, Lincolnshire -making mini hurdles with BTec Conservation students
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and Lincoln College -creating and decorating temporary willow structures on Licorice Park, Lincoln


2007
Willow Workshops at Catkin English Country Garden Flowers, Belton Garden Centre.
Artist’s residency at The Priory School of Science and Technology, Lincoln leading sessions with year 8 students making willow fish for an indoor screen and building a large outdoor sculpture.
Maintenance and restoration of several living willow structures in school grounds


1999 - 2006
Organic and wildlife gardener
Artist’s residency and group show at Whisby Nature Park
Willow boat by the River Slea
Children’s workshops at Whisby Nature Park.

Training

C&G Direct Trainers and Assessors Award

RHS certificate in Horticulture   

ANC in Garden Design


Basketmaking training with Joni Bamford, Sue Kirk, Roy Youdale, Adrian Charlton

Hedgerow basketmaking, Artworks MK

Willow growing & harvesting, Jenny Crisp


Member of the Basketmaker’s Association

CRB checked (Jan. 2013) and full Public Liability Insurance

First Aid at Work Certificate

Lincolnshire Willow

As a great admirer of willow in all it’s many varieties and forms, I am keen to see species once cultivated widely in Lincolnshire growing again, whether for coppicing as a resource, for amenity, for wildlife or for one of the many other good reasons to grow willow.

After many years of experience working with living willow I have seen structures created and grow older, gaining intimate knowledge of their growth habits and response to damage, pruning and disease. I continue to experiment with different varieties to suit particular needs and environments and enjoy creating new structures as well as managing older willow gardens.

Training in Basketry has led me to use these techniques to create small and large scale pieces, from woodpeckers to sculptural shelters. I teach regularly throughout the County, leading workshops in a wide range of willow work including basic basketmaking and sculpture.

My background is in teaching arts and other skills to people of differing ages and abilities, and can offer workshops to suit most groups’ needs. I work regularly with schools and their gardens, and have designed and helped to build community, sensory and wildlife spaces.