Cordyline and reedmace

One of the participants at last week’s workshop in Ceres sent me this photo of her finished basket. I love her use of the stiff strip of Cordyline round the rim and the angled cut end. And you can just about smell the lavender. Thanks Karen.

I’ll write more about Cordyline in a future post, it’s wonderful stuff. 

Cordyline australis, a New Zealand tree growing in Fife (and Wester Ross, the Clyde coast, Devon, Cornwall…)

Summer rushes

The summer materials are growing fast. Here are some harvests and experiments made over the last few weeks…

One handful of Common Rush Juncus effusus in the Lomond Hills


Rushes stripped down and left to dry…



Experimental string made with rushes and yarn waste…


Rosebay willowherb is just about ready for harvest. It smells lovely…


Willowherb string, willow bark and elm bark collected for a project.


More about these and the experimental yarn string in a future post!

Fife Still Life


Starting in July – Fife Still Life, a series of drawing workshops for Fife Folk Museum’s Heritage Arts Hub. A chance to get up close to some very quirky and interesting objects, find out more about them and enjoy a relaxed and creative afternoon with an experienced tutor (me).

We are offering three workshops with a maximum of 8 places in each – Sunday 16th July, Weds 2nd August and Sat 19th August, 1.30 to 3.30pm. Suitable for age 16+ (14+ if accompanied by an adult), no experience needed, all materials and equipment supplied. 

You can book on as many or few workshops as you like, reserve your place by paying in advance at the Museum, £5 per workshop. First come, first served!
http://www.fifefolkmuseum.org/events-2/

A velvet tree

A work-in-progress from Saturday’s Rag-rug demo/drop-in at the Centre for Stewardship. The visitor who stayed and made this amazing little tree found materials I’d never seen before in the scrap-bag – a small piece of soft tan suede and a lump of amber-coloured velvet curtain. She had a vision for the trunk of her tree and it worked beautifully. I hope she sends me a photo of the finished rug.

www.centreforstewardship.org.uk

Beech interrupted

This tree basket will have to wait till November for its sides. The beech twigs I collected in April have lain too long and even soaking won’t make them supple again. Rather than fight with brittle twigs, I’m happy to wait for winter and this year’s new growth.

The little unfinished beech coil was my demonstration piece over the Open Studios weekend. It helped explain basket construction to many people and its slow growth shows how busy we were! Thanks to everyone who came along and to the Centre for Stewardship for hosting us. We had some great conversations and Tess and I can see our work more clearly in the light of your feedback. I’ll be offering at least two workshops this summer and autumn in response to the interest shown, dates and venues will be posted here once arranged.

www.centreforstewardship.org.uk

Open Studios North Fife

It’s Open Studios this weekend, I’ll be at The Stables, Centre for Stewardship Falkland with Tess Darwin tomorrow, Sunday and Monday, 10.00am to 6.00pm each day. I’ll be showing work-in-progress on my Falkland Trees project (eight species done) and Tess is showing her lovely Maspie Den-inspired textile art.

This weekend for the first time I’m going to offer a selection of my baskets, pods and nests for sale. Each one will be labelled with it’s materials, where they were collected and, if I’ve written about it in my blog, the date of the post.

Hope to see you over the weekend if you’re in Fife.

Please note: if you are planning to visit us tomorrow (Saturday 29th April) and are travelling by car, please park in the village or at Pillars of Hercules, as the Stables car park is being used by a wedding party.

Open Studios North Fife 2017

Centre for Stewardship Falkland