One day WILLOW WORKSHOP with JO HAMMOND on June 20th 2024 10-4.30pm

£90.00

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About the tutor JO HAMMOND

A couple of years after graduating with a Fine Art degree, I was living in a cottage surrounded by National Trust woodland. The gift of a basketry book opened my eyes to the wonderful possibilities of wild twigs and climbers as well as farmed willow. I got started with the help of more books and a couple of short courses, and a new path in basketry gradually opened up.

Since then I’ve worked for more than twenty years as a maker of baskets, willow sculptures and decorative pieces, and taught many classes and courses. My book, ‘Willow Basketry and Sculpture’ was published in 2014. I love introducing beginners to basketry and willow crafts, seeing the huge satisfaction that comes when you create something beautiful with just a few twigs.
Current work includes delivering Traditional Basketry courses at Easton and Otley colleges in a new venture supported by the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers…and in 2020 I set myself a challenge to make a different ‘hedgerow’ basket every month- see the results on Instagram @twigsnstuff.

It’s the beauty of natural materials that still excites me, and I’m keen to source these as locally and sustainably as possible. Some projects incorporate foraged stems, climbers or leaves, and the immediacy of this process connects me to our hunter-gatherer ancestors- I’m doing what they did, and seeing the world through their eyes..

Sitting Hare - Willow Sculpture Workshop with Jo Hammond

Weave supple willow twigs into a charming, seated hare sculpture, lovely to display in the garden or house. Learn how to create a simple framework, then build the shape with free weave, make the head, legs and finally beautiful big ears which bring your sculpture to life.

Willow weaving is moderately hard work, and requires a firm grip

All materials provided, please bring your own secateurs if you have them

Tea/ coffee provided but please bring your pack lunch

Car parking on site.

Additional information

Date

March 29th 2022, April 5th 2022, April 12th 2022, April 19th 2022

Time

2-5pm, 6-9pm