We are now on Twitter (Lovingthewillow) and just getting used to having a way of communicating with everyone on a daily basis (or minutely basis if we like!). Had a lovely couple of weeks with new basket courses running, harvesting vast quantities of willow in the pouring rain for some great jobs in the weeks ahead. We have planted a basketry willow ‘fedge’ around the allotment at Wick Primary school. This will provide craft material for their Christmas projects next year, nothing like planning ahead! We have planted an ‘S’ shaped tunnel with the children of Cyfartha Junior school and completed some maintenance jobs at schools in Cardiff and St Donats Castle, maintenance of course is an essential part of working with living willow.
The rest of the days have been spent organising the next few week’s work. A lovely Woodland Willow Playground in an urban school in Merthyr, basket courses at Crafts in the Bay in Cardiff, an African Village in Berkshire complete with woven mud hut in the centre, a communities first workshop in the valleys, willow wigwams and tunnels in Chepstow, training for Bridgend Youth Services, yet more harvesting, more maintenance and 11 more intrepid beginner basketmakers for our course on 22nd January at the Model House in Llantrisant. That course is (1 more than) full but why not join us on 26th January at All Saint Church to see what it is all about!
What a great start to the Year – thought January would be a peaceful month for getting on with some basketry commissions of our own – ha, ha!