Willow Sculpture Specialist
I create contemporary showpiece Willow Animal Sculptures which are both life-size and realistic. Each piece is woven by hand and completely unique.
The willow sculptures have evolved from the traditional basket weaving techniques I use to produce mummer’s masks. This process begins by personally growing over 40 different varieties of willow to enable me to choose from a large palette of colours and textures.
I carefully select each rod and use a dense, random weave to create form with detail, giving a feeling of movement and injecting a hint of expression. My sculptural work is innovative in that unlike basketry there is no pattern or formula to follow.
The willow sculptures are a creation of aesthetic vision and skill in manipulating a basic willow rod into a thing of beauty and form. My signature is in the detail!
I create instantly recognisable animals which are more than simply an outline. They encapsulate movement, expression and always have a hint of personality. Initially trained as a textile weaver, I have since studied with master basket makers in Armagh, Galway and Villaines les Rochers, France. Click here to view my awards and the exhibitions I have been featured in.
Have a look through these examples of my work and please contact me to discuss your own commission.