Zoom workshops with a twist

Have you been wanting to get together with friends or celebrate a special event together then you might be interested in booking a zoom workshop with me

The workshop package is for up to 4- 6 people for a 2 – 3 hr hr activity

Cost £30 per person

Option 1.  Dragonfly, birdfeeder,  and fish

Includes all materials but  not tools ( see below )

Option 2. Willow heart, large flower, and small star/wand

Option 3. Willow lantern, White or whites with color. including white and colored tissue, all materials, and a pair of children’s scissors.

You will need to supply a  pasting tray and table cover

Materials   I will supply all of the materials.

Equipment You will need to supply a pair of secateurs or large wire cutters if you don’t have either of these   I can supply a pair for an additional £5.

You will also need table coverings and a plastic tray for the lanterns and I would suggest an apron or clothes that you don’t mind getting PVA glue on.

Preparing the willow: you will need somewhere to soak the willow for 5 hours the day before you need it,  so a bath or paddling pool/pond is fine. You will also need something to wrap the willow in to mellow it overnight e.g a damp sheet. towel.


If you live near to Southampton I can arrange to deliver ( I charge 45p per mile)  or you can collect it from my home.

If this cant is arranged postage costs £10 per package to post if you are able to have all of the packages sent to one address this will be a lower cost depending on how many packages are sent.

Please note that none of these activities are suitable for young children aged under 10 years to do on their own, children will need an adult or much older sibling to get involved, Hopefully, if you are an adult, you will be able to do this on your own.

Launch of new online shop

Hi with the changes that we are all learning to adapt to.   I would normally be very busy attending art exhibitions and shows, as with many other creative enterprises I am making changes to adapt and  I have launched an online shop where I am selling a variety of my willow items and sculptures and some of my artworks. For more details follow the link at the top of the page




You Tube channel

Hi I  am pleased to be able to share that I now have a YouTube channel with a selection of min tutorials and activities you can find me by clicking here

Get connected live training session on Zoom

Hi if you want to contact me to have a chat about a project or wish to take part in one of my online workshops I use zoom for the sessions

If you are not already using it is simple to get started you just need to log in, it won’t cost you anything as I will be inviting you to join me.  If you haven’t used it before you can use it for unlimited 1-1 meetings and up to 40 minutes for group meetings. Zoom link

It works on most systems from pcs to tablets and android  here is a link to Zoom for more details

If you have a computer that doesn’t have a computer or microphone some smartphones and camera can be connected to your computer and used instead here are some useful links.




New online workshops

With everything that is been going on recently its been such a pity to have needed to postpone my workshops, so I decided to look at ways that I can provide online tutorials for those of you who don’t want to wait until its safe to go out again.

So here we go the first ones that I’m starting with is the textile workshops and  I’ve already launched the rag rug workshop and the peg loom will be ready very soon.

Then I’ll be looking at some willow weaving and other options as well if you are interested in finding out more do drop me  a line .:-) Jacquie

Interesting questions what do you think?

I was recently asked some interesting questions so I thought that id share my answers.

What advice do you have for any graduates/up & coming makers/designers who would like to have a career in craft?

Keep on experimenting, never stop learning, and always be open to different possibilities/ perspectives.

Working in the arts/ craft environment can mean that sometimes times life can be tough especially if the cash flow dwindles. It is useful to have several different ways of earning a living. Try not to be disheartened, it is ok to earn some of your income from something unrelated to your craft to pay the bills and keep you going. The advantage that you have over other people is your ingenuity, and your ability to step back and consider different possibilities. Go with what feels right.

Do you have any dream jobs/people you would like to work with?

I would  love to spend some time with willow sculptures Tom Hare, Michelle Cain and  Laura Ellen Bacon. I  love being in inspirational environments such as  Les Machines de l’île in Nantes which is a great  place to visit , I’d love the to be invited to work on a collaborative project there.


What do you love about what you do, and what do you hate? OR What’s the best bit and what’s the worst bit of what you do?

Lack of time can be frustrating, I often think that it might be useful to have one of the time turner gadgets from the Harry Potter stories, mind you then I’d probably just exhaust myself trying to fit everything in that I want to do.



Facebook Blog

If your interested in finding out more about what I get up to and to see  pics of recent activities etc then come and say hello at my Faceboook page JaxsArtsandDesignsWillowsculpture/

Willow crafts in Southampton

I’m really l0oking forward to this weekends Art of Heritage event at St Church Southampton the 9th 10th 11th September Art-of-heritage-st-denys-urban-art-festival-12598

As well as exhibiting some of my artwork,I am going to be providing willow making activities for people to have a go  as well as selling a small selection of work ,

You will also find me at this years Pumpkin Festival at Netley Country Park on the edge of Southampton on the 10th of  October Pumpkin-festival-and-scarecrow-avenue-at-royal-victoria-country-park-in-southampton-p692751

New Forest Ephemeral Land Art Activity

Come along and help me to create the ephemeral artwork, which will gradually revert back to being part of the environment.  Where we will making a ephemeral art piece inspired by the surroundings.

Taking place at Blackwater Arboritum in The New Forest today 11th June 16 for further details visit my families and childrens activities page



Fabric – a Celebration if Textiles Day

Peg loom weaving photo

Great news I am going to be providing an introduction to peg loom weaving workshop at the  textiles celebration  day happening at the Ashcroft Centre  in Fareham,

A fantastic whole day of textiles crafts happening on Sunday 10 APRIL, from 9.30AM – 5.00PM

For more details visit https://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/fabric-%E2%80%93-celebration-textiles