Work from the artists at Barrington Farm is part of Cley 16 and is on display at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust visitors centre overlooking Cley marshes. The show is on from July 7th to August 7th 2016. http://www.cleycontemporaryart.org/
Smaller pieces on the terrace
The sculptural pieces we’re making which are going to be returned to Repps Meadow where we cut the willow have to be made of natural materials so they can gently bio-degrade. So we’re working only with cotton wool and willow this week.
Two more lozenges have been made after we made the first one together.
The group working together on ‘the lozenge’ a willow artefact wrapped in wool. From the left Alan, Hazel, Brian, Sarah, Keith and Jackie. It reminded us of the work of the American artist Judtith Scott http://judithandjoycescott.com/artwork.shtml
We spent a productive and enjoyable afternoon yesterday weaving with the willow we cut last Friday.
Today we headed to Barrington Farm, laden with freshly cut willow from Repps Meadow (thanks to Broads Authority volunteers)…
We then spent some happy hours weaving with the artists at Barrington Farm, introducing the artists to the medium. The room was buzzing with creative energy, and after some initial experimentation willow sculptures of all shapes and sizes began to emerge!
We were asked by Great Yarmouth Arts Festival to make an archway spanning the path leading up to The Minster in Great Yarmouth. The arch design was to be inspired by two crossing mammoth tusks.
After some planning and preparation we arrived on site very early on Thursday morning (June 4th 2015) and began to lay out the tusk outlines using willow. Much of the willow we used was grown at Potter Heigham and donated to us by the Broads Authority.
The frameworks started to take shape
Once the frameworks were in place we covered them in curved woven willow
People came along and helped out, some for just a while, others for many hours
Once covered with woven willow we moved the tusks onto the path
and fixed them together
We strengthened the structure using giant bamboo
And lifted the arch into place
Everyone involved feels very pleased with the final archway
It took us nearly 12 hours, and was hugely enjoyed by all involved.
The archway took centre stage in the Festival’s opening ceremony, where the Mayor cut a ribbon willow to mark the start of the festival.