Willow poppy sculpture unveiled at the Army Flying Museum

willow poppy sculpture at army flying museum exhibition

I am so proud to have been invited to be part of this exhibition at the Army Flying Museum near Stockbridge in Hampshire.
Just to give you a sense of scale my willow poppy and metal sculptures are 1 meter in width, which shows you how many knitted medals, poppies there are alongside it.

Such a colossal effort from the museum to have so many contributions to an amazing project. I can’t wait to visit and see the exhibition in the flesh when they reopen.

willow poppy sculpture at army flying museum exhibition

Weaving in the raw

8th November

I had an interesting day overwhelming in many ways, it’s hard to know where to start from there is no much visual stimulus the colours are amazing s.

The head gardener has shown me some willow, there is a limited resource and I’m loath  to use too much but I need to start somewhere, and allow myself to just play and experiment”

I tend to work with dried willow as it shrinks so much so working with live willow brings its own challenges, it doesn’t hold its self so well together,

I decided to leave the leaves on for now and I’m just enjoying playing with shape and form there’s something really engaging about working with raw materials . as they’re even less predictable but that’s part of the challenge.

I thought that id make a little video I’m new to doing this but thought that it would be interesting to show you what I’ve been doing as photos don’t really capture it

 

Weaving in the raw re-imagining in space and time

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 In the beginning 

My  first day working in the gardens  (  26th September )

I spent my first hours with furzy staff, meeting a few of the volunteers. There is something special about spaces such as this which is so tangible that you can feel it that entices people to stay and be part of it

A space for tranquillity, time to be part of something that is important and worthwhile.

Id already met with the head gardener who had said that he was happy for me to create different things around the garden, I knew that it would take me time to become familiar with the space so  I decided  to something simple, so much of creating new work for me is to allow myself time to play and just get into the creative experience so  as I love the colours of the leaves especially the varying shades of  reds and golds,

Creating simple swirls and circles, large petal shapes and mounds under one of the rhododendron.

wooden heartI was drawn to an old wooden stump at the top of the rise. a nearby plant was shedding heart-shaped leaves, different shades of red.

I find such starkness enticing.  as I was working for some young families with children walked past,  curiosity got the better of them and they asked me what I was doing

We spoke about the pleasurable act of creating  patterns with leaves  and found materials, one of the ladies was particularly interested in what I was doing and asked me if I’ve made the colourful shape under the tree, she said that they’ve been  trying to guess what it was, I encouraged them to do have a go themselves