Hello and welcome ,
There is something quite magical about taking a natural material and creating something new .
I was one of those children who entertained myself making mud pies, inventing rose petal perfume, building dens and creating mini master pieces from anything that I could find it. Being both creative and practical has always been useful and a skill that I took for granted. My home was covered in murals and I was always making gifts for friends and making lots of things for my home etc
My first experience of making things from willow happened at least 15 years ago when I made some small willow items at a music festival it, I soon realised that I had a natural affinity with the material.
In 2006 when I was working as a community development worker many of the people that I was working with were encouraging me to do some thing with my creative skills and so I decided to take the plunge and start my own art business as a self employed teacher, trainer and artist.
Before long I was helping friends to make willow lanterns at local events and experimenting with different crafts which I then shared with others but I always returned to working with willow,
At this time I was also starting to show some of my paintings alongside other artist and growing in confidence and experience, some of my work was starting to be chosen for exhibitions and I was being asked to create commissioned pieces.
It is interesting that many people start working as a artist and then move into into teaching where as I have gone the other way, I am sure that if I had gone to art college or known lots of other artist when I was younger I would have had the confidence to develop my own practice and ventured into making a living from my own work much earlier. However the advantage of being self taught is that I have learned that that there is always a different way to do something, and we learn that it doesn’t matter if we don’t get it right first time the trick is to have a go and keep trying.
I now work from my home in a small studio at my home in Southampton using my loft and my spare bedroom for storage. When I find the time I also paint and experiment with other media in a studio space that I share with other members of the Keepers Artist Collective based in East Street, Southampton.
As well as teaching and creating my own work I also provide experiences and activities at countryside events , fairs and music festivals.(for more details follow the link below)
I also enjoy collaborative work and bouncing ideas and am happy to consider working on interesting projects.
Bye for now Jacqueline Rolls