There are numerous options as to what you can produce and how you can go about it.
On this and the day workshop pages are some ideas but I appreciate that some of you may attend other workshops/see other items I have made or have a specific theme or idea you wish to work to.
So with that in mind I tend to tailor workshops to individual clubs, their interests, their level of skill, a possible up and coming flower festival and the number of members. Also workshops tend to be seasonal for example- bark peeling in spring.
I prepare and bring all the willow needed for willow based workshops. usually those with a floral element will have a list of mechanics/ flowers for indivifdual participants to bring. Sharp secateurs are essential. All materials and equipment can be supplied if required.
BARK PEELING & STRIPPING (Spring only)
An interesting skill to pick up. Easy to get the hang of and quick to do.
English grown and stripped willow is much greener/yellow white than bought in bright white bleached rods from Europe.
Once you have the skill and know what to strip and when you never need to buy expensive or scarce white willow again!
In the future:
The bark can be used straight away or stored dry and re-hydrated when you want to use it. It can easily be cut using scissors when wet.
Demonstration of Spring themed floral arrangements created using both bark and stripped poles.
Demonstration of creating a woven frames or vessels with a contemporary twist.
Demonstration of ideas for using bark/rods into a variety of arrangements.
Option 1: (short evening)
You will strip living willow poles of varying thicknesses and lengths giving you natural white willow poles and beautiful strips of bark which can be used for containers, ties, curls, platted or woven.
Option 2: (longer evening)
As option 1 plus any of the demonstrations above.
WEAVING TECHNIQUES & CAGED DESIGNS
Use a variety of weaving and caging techniques with flowers and plant material to produce contemporary caged designs, nests and make frameworks for weaving into- eliminate the need for pinning or wiring.
Information on mellowing willow and hedgerow material and soaking will be given.
This works particualry well in Spring or Winter and needs to be booked well in advance due to seasonal harvesting.
Depending upon time usually 3-5 arrangements are produced working the willow/cornus or contorted hazel from freshly cut in Spring or re-hydrated at other times of the year.
Participants will be introduced to a number of different plant weaving and caging materials using willow and hazel.
The emphasis in this workshop is on technique and design. Individuals are encouraged to use their creativity in order to produce 1-3 items to a scale of their choosing suiting their own style of arranging.
Lots of stimulation/inspiration will be given in the form of actual objects, photographs, books and step by step demonstrations.
If booked in Sprng this workshop could also include bark stripping.
OPEN WEAVE BASKET