Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Willow Workshop

A drop-in workshop.

For those of us who admire art work and garden sculpture, especially those using willow, there's a great series of events coming to Compton Verney. This weekend, the 18th and 19th June, sees the first of those events, where artist Laura Ellen Bacon begins her residency which will run through to October 16th.

On Saturday and Sunday, visitors can see Laura demonstrate how to construct sculptural forms and spaces, using willow, alder and other materials. Included in the collections and grounds admission price, children and adults will have the chance to try the art of weaving, under the guidance of expert Laura, and Compton Verney staff. More information on the event can be found by clicking Compton Verney.

Information on the longer running residency, taken from the Compton Verney website:

Residency 18 June - 16 October 2011

"My woven work today is often concerned with the making of 'spaces'; of capturing the delight of crafting a small area to dwell, even just for a moment."

Compton Verney's 'Capability' Brown landscape is the setting and inspiration for Laura Ellen Bacon's work. These hand-made, den like sculptural forms can be traced to her childhood enthusiasm for building personal spaces in the garden, woods and fields. During her residency she will be weaving two unique works using coppiced and natural materials from the parkland with willow. The first one will be completed in 1 July and the second on 2 October. Throughout her residency she will also be running drop-in workshops in the grounds which are fun for children and adults like.

Residency funded by Arts Council England.

To give you a flavour of Laura's work, take a look at the stunning images on her website: Laura Ellen Bacon

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