Maritime Effect

We’ve been working with a group of young women in Great Yarmouth as part of an arts/heritage project called Maritime Effect. This involves the group learning about local history through engaging in practical crafts that have a heritage link. Yesterday we introduced willow working to the group.

GFS1At the beginning of the session the young women were unsure about this activity, but once they began working they thoroughly enjoyed the session. Bringing their own creative ideas they experimented with adding paint to their tension trays.

painted tray

And one participant decided to move on from her first tray to make something slightly more complex.


At the end of the session, one of the young women said ‘I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy this – but I did!’. The whole group are now excited about learning some more basketry techniques next week.

eco printing

We achieved some great colours in this morning’s workshop. Some colourful eco prints, starting like this…

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and ending up looking like this…

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And we found time for some hapa zome too

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Really pleased with all the results – and we can’t wait to incorporate them into some willow/textile art.

Self-expression through creativity