Hello and welcome ,
There is something quite magical about taking a natural material and creating something new . I first discovered my interest in making things from willow many years ago when I made a willow snail and small basket at a music festival. I have always loved working with natural and recycled materials and willow being a living material has a unique quality that I love , it is this uniqueness that means that it can be used in many different ways .
I love sharing my passion for creating with others and not surprisingly I was one of those children who entertained myself making mud pies, inventing rose petal perfume and creating mini masterpieces and building dens.
Being both creative and practical has always been useful but it wasn’t until I started working as a community development worker that I discovered that I naturally was able to helping others to gain new skills and develop their own confidence in being creative. It was with much encouragement from the people that I was worked that in 2oo6 that I took the decision to try earning some of my living by becoming a self employed teacher, trainer and artist.
Obviously that decision was the right one and I have had the pleasure of meeting so many lovely interesting people, being involved in many different experiences, faced different challenges and pushed myself into trying things that I had not thought that I would be capable of .
The one thing that I have learned is that we never stop learning and that there is always a different way to do something, it doesn’t matter if we don’t get it right first time the trick is to have a go and keep trying.
Alongside creating my own sculptures and artwork I also provide a variety of workshops, craft experiences and activities at countryside events , fairs and music festivals as well as working on variety of projects including creating and coordinating lantern festivals and public art murals.
Bye for now Jacquie
For more details about my experience and background
For more information about my own artwork http://www.jrolls.co.uk/