Opening again ( April 2021)
With the last year being one of regular change its nice to return to a bit of normality so I am taking it gently with my in person workshops are starting again in May I am working with one indoor venue at Wickham and a amazing outdoor venue Butser Ancient Farm located between Portsmouth and Petersfield if you haven’t heard of it its well worth checking out their website.
Much of my time is now taken up with making work to order and to sell and as I like variety I am returning to providing a couple of rag rug rug workshops in the autumn for the D@rt Centre alongside my willow crafts
I am also working with two art gallery’s now the Wild Art Gallery in Wickham and Paul Dolman Studios located in Burley in the New Forest and I am taking part in several art shows again. I loved the experience of having a stall at art markets last year and I may take part in the odd one later in the year it all depends how things are going.
A new venture this year (2020)I normally show my own work at Art Exhibitions and Galleries and even though some of these are still happening many have gone online or haven’t happened.
I really like meeting people and seeing a willow sculpture in real life compared to seeing a picture so back in the summer I took part in an arts Market in Stockbridge and have decided to join to makers art markets just before Christmas
Christmas Market dates location and dates
Romey Makers Market Sunday 13th December 10am – 3pm in the old market place just along from the Abbey.
Eastleigh Makers Market. High Street Saturday 19th December 10am – 3pm
Taking my workshops online and the launch of my kits
During the first lockdown, I missed running my workshops so I decided to offer some small introduction to willow workshops via Zoom where I could send a pack to the participant and then meet them over the airwaves
My initial foray offering a topic such as making bird feeders or dragonflies went really well and has been great fun its been particularly popular with families who for birthdays and special events as they can have fun and chat at the same time.
I then decided to create some willow lantern kits as I already had lots of instructions in place from all of the workshops I have run in the past and so it was easy to adapt them for a kit and offer the option of an online workshop to go alongside
My first one was with a grandad and his grandchildren we made some Christmas willow lanterns so they now have a unique decoration for their homes as well as a lovely memory.