Make an amazing 5' tall living willow sculpture for your garden, which will last for years and provide new deep red withies for you to cut and weave with each year. You will learn some basic weaving techniques and learn about how the willow is grown and processed. No experience necessary, bring a light weight pair of gardening gloves Plant pot and compost supplied. Refreshments are included.
Session: Friday 23 February 2024, 10:00am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm
Tutor: Nina Stockings
Nina grew up in the Highlands of Scotland surrounded by the ancient Caledonian pine forests and much of the inspiration for her work is gained from time spent in woodlands and other natural places.
She has been based in the loft studios at Walford Mill Crafts in Wimborne as one of the resident makers since 2019, with the studios now open to the public.
Nina has a BSc Hons in conservation, which guides and defines her work practices. The sustainable use of natural resources and the connection this has to land management are important to her, all of her willow and rush is sourced here in the south of England and where possible she harvests her own locally.
Nina trained as a teacher at Southampton University in 2009 and she now runs many varied willow workshops around the south of England making this ancient rural craft accessible to everyone.