About

Making baskets and sculptures in willow is my absolute passion.  Woven willow can transform our outer landscape with beautiful, functional objects and inspirational sculptures.

When creating with willow, I am constantly enthused by how accessible to all this friendly natural material is; and that time and time again, I see how willow also weaves a sense of self belief into those who play!  Having taught willow sculpture, to all abilities, from young children right up to those of a wonderful grand old age, my belief is that anyone who plays with willow can create something that they are excited about and delighted with.

As part of my BA Degree I studied Medieval Art at Exeter University, this led to me rediscovering my passion for art and my need to create.  Having received no formal art schooling, I completed an Art Foundation NVQ at Exeter College and subsequently worked for a commercial bespoke weaving company in the Blackdown Hills.  Later I gained valuable experience at Dartington College of Arts where I helped raise awareness of the Creative Industries in the South West including managing artist seminars, music symposiums, and organising the Devon Arts Conference.  After gaining an NVQ in Creative Business Management I launched fully into my creative practice in 2006.  Since then willow sculpting has taken me on an incredible journey.

Public commissions, teaching and project clients include

Linley of London, Belgravia in Bloom (with Coates English Willow and Tattie Rose Flowers) May 2016
Royal Bath & West Show with Coates English Willow June 2015
Willow Sculpture Days at Coates English Willow 2010 to present
Superact CIC - Netplants Project 2015-16; Handmade Wellbeing Project February 2016; Creative Times with Guinness Partnership & Support Project 2015, Craft Schools Project 2014
Kilve Court Residential Education Centre 2013-2015
Cowslip Workshops 2014-15
Stakeholders Project at MERL December 2013
Basketry & Beyond Festival competition winner May 2013