Recent work

The Nettles

I worked on this willow structure and green artspace from 1998 as a volunteer and then until 2016 I was employed by artsNK  to lead a group of local 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.


R e g u l a r  w o r k

The Lincolnshire Show demonstrating weaving alongside other crafters

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


2017

Whisby Nature Park exhibitor in Birds on the Wing Exhibition - swan sculpture

Brant Broughton Playing Field Association living willow arches

St. Barnabas Hospice  Elephant sculpture for the Elephant in the Room Campaign

Countryside NK family day Cogglesford Mill

Boston Woods Trust family day

Grimsthorpe Castle Gardens Day

Wedding and animal sculpture commissions


2016

Hill Holt Wood living willow tunnel entrance at Wyeville

Kingthorpe Manor Farm living willow screen renovation

Osgodby school garden show project, horse’s head

Bassingham Infant School

Christ’s Hospital school, Lincoln

Surfleet Festival

Canon Peter Hall Primary School T Rex Head and Pterodactyl

Wedding and animal sculpture commissions


2015

Artscope and St.Peter in Eastgate School willow pods and sculptures

The Elms Retirement Park ,Torksey, Living Willow Arbour

Wyberton primary School, Boston Teacher training

Brigg Carers Group respite day workshops

Lincoln Castle 1000 Years of Crafts’ demonstrator

Countryside NK riverside family day, have a go workshop


2014

Lincoln Castle ‘1000 Years of Crafts’ demonstrator

Nth Somercotes Primary School, Owl Sculptures

Cheese Society Cafe Cow’s Head Sculpture

Escape to the Country’ TV feature

Various Sculptural commissions


2013

Lesley Manser Primary School KS1

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

Churches Conservation Trust, Skidbrooke Church.  Hands-on heritage crafts weekendSupport Arts Gardening Education - SAGE Sheffield, globe for World Mental Health Day

Arts NK Zygote Festival willow pea pods workshops


2012

Hartsholme Academy Living Willow Fish built with the children.

Elsham Hall Living Willow Horses - a renovation project.

The Forestry Commission

Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School art students workshops

Hartsholme Academy for the Lincolnshire Show

Boston West Primary training Forest School Teachers


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


2011

Doddington Hall -Wildlife Sculptures for the Christmas Decorations open house event.

North Somercotes Primary School Grey Seal Sculpture

Cultural Olympiad, artsNK SaFire Festival - 4m. high Lincoln Imp holding the Olympic Torch.

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

Felt artist Moira West- spheres

Bonner House, Sleaford reminiscence for older people.

Carre’s Grammar School, Sleaford

Living Islam Festival

Witham St Hugh’s Primary School

Extended Schools Family Groups in Hill Holt Wood

The Priory Witham Academy

Doddington Hall Craft Fair

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


2010

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


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

Gainsborough Adventure Playground & Groundworks Lincolnshire Living Willow Arbor

Forestry Commission Willow Obelisk Workshop, Osgodby

Mrs Smith’s Cottage Museum, Navenby, Lincolnshire-Bespoke Willow Mannequin

Ermine Academy, Lincoln Wildlife Area and Willow Garden

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

Countryside NK, Sleaford - Tree-Dressing Day


2009

Lincolnshire Limewoods Sculpture Project

Faldingworth Primary School living willow maze and calf sculpture at Rand Farm park near Wragby in Lincolnshire.


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.


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

artsNK, Sleaford workshops

The Woodland Trust in the Old Wood, Skellingthorpe and Goltho


2008
Bassingham pre-school, part of a garden created by Hill Holt Wood
artsNK Spires and Steeples Trail, family workshops
Avedale School, Lincolnshire BTec Conservation students
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and Lincoln College -creating and decorating temporary willow structures on Licorice Park, Lincoln
Catkin English Country Garden Flowers

The Priory School of Science and Technology, Lincoln


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

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.