Monday, 23 July 2012

Willow sculpture for Hobbledown Epsom Surrey

Just installed a 10m long willow sculpture at Hobbledown, Epsom, Surrey. We completed a living willow maze for  the same centre this spring, which is looking lovely.
The dried willow sculpture is of one of the characters from the Hobbledown book namely Rumple Tump the dragon thingy.

Half the fun was in the leaving of Ynys Marine, my temporary workshop, in Cardigan getting him thru the doors and loading him onto his carriage for the journey. I am sure the assembled helpers where a bit relieved to have the assistance of a telescopic  lifting majig....thank you Mark Jukes....quite an unexpected offer...he got RT flying thru the air...and as you can see he landed safely.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Mabinogion Storytelling Forest at Narberth Museum

If you go down to Narberth today you  should pay Narberth Museum a visit. The Bonded (the Bond) Stores is the new home for it's collections and staff.

I was invited to create a Mabinogion inspired forest for the storytelling area. What a pleasure on so many levels. The building is fantastic.  Since first visiting the site in March I have watched the builders, plasterers, painters, chippys, sparks and friends work like crazy  to transform what was a delapidated old shell into an ultra  tradmod venue that any wizard would be proud to have conjured up. The project I made as labour intensive as possible of course but I know I can rely on some weaving wizards of my own James, Rachel, Layla, Danni,  Sally, Karen, Zed, Chris and Dai Williams for the spaceshop! Phew thanks I owe you big time.

I don't have any photos of the finished project as I was busy working up to the last minute on the last day  and then rushed out to avoid being locked in and  on the morning of the opening my van  developed a very serious water pipe malfunction so did not make it! So you will have to go there yourselves for the completed picture. Can't wait myself.

Willow Boar / Twrch Helyg National Botanic Gardens of Wales

One of the events we created since the last post was a three day build over the summer Solstice  at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales of a large Willow Boar.

Run as a workshop for Welsh Basketmakers and other weavers as part of Basketmakers Associations Annual Summer Meeting, we were able to complete a very solid sculpture that the photos of various makers sitting on his back prove.

We even had two and half days of sunny weather so well done to all, especially South Wales Basketmakers who are  wonderful and a pleasure to work with, thank you so so much. What a  stunning venue to work in too! So often the case somehow,  very grateful for the opportunity. Summer Solstice too was a one to remember we had a life size Stone Henge bouncy castle appear c/o the artist Jeremy Deller and the Cultural Olympiad...and Boris Johnson...surreal.

Thanks to all the other contributors the Horti team, the NBGW, Prue, Helen and thank you to the volunteers who cut the willow at the gardens, West Wales Willows who provided lots of the willow we used and to Basketmakers Association.