Go on a course: WILLOW SCULP­TURE

Country Living (UK) - - The Good Life -


LEAFY SUR­REY, sur­rounded by wood­land, is a large, un­kempt gar­den through­out which you’ll find some in­cred­i­ble willow sculp­tures. They’re the work of artist and sculp­tor Sara Holmes. Hav­ing al­ways ad­mired a willow fig­ure be­long­ing to a friend of mine, I jumped at the chance to join Sara to learn how to make my own. She asks be­fore­hand for your choice of de­sign, prefer­ably with an il­lus­tra­tion so she can see if it’s achiev­able, but also so she can make the ar­ma­ture, or me­tal frame. Mine was wait­ing for me when I ar­rived, and, once Sara had handed out willow ‘with­ies’ to ev­ery­one, she showed us how to get started. When we were con­fi­dent about what to do, we car­ried on, with Sara mov­ing around the group pro­vid­ing help. I found the rhyth­mic move­ment of weav­ing the soft­ened willow over the frame sur­pris­ingly re­lax­ing and a de­li­cious veg­e­tar­ian lunch pro­vided the per­fect break. It was amaz­ing watch­ing the raw ma­te­ri­als be­ing trans­formed, and now my willow lady stands pride of place in my gar­den.

One-day willow sculp­ture work­shop, £145; on­line course around £125 (wil­lowtwisters.com).

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