Event name: WILLOW STRUCTURE WORKSHOP with PENNY SIMONS
Willow Structure Workshop – Learn the technique and make your own Willow Structure with designer, maker & artist Penny Simons, Friday 29 October
About Penny Simons: www.ruralartisanliving.com
Penny Simons is a designer/maker/artist/ living and working in the Southern Highlands of NSW. With a BA hons. in Constructed Textiles, majoring in Weaving at the Winchester School of Art in England, Penny was one of the founding partners of Sydney based, textile company ‘Cloth’. The intervening years and arrival of children have seen her work in the fields of biodynamics, landscape design and sustainable horticulture, where she picked up new raw materials with which to weave on an altogether different scale. Working now with the seasons and material from her local environment to create sustainable works of art, she much enjoys sharing and teaching her skills at workshops which reconnect participants with the earth via the materials she provides.
Participants will learn how to make a woven willow structure, using material foraged, harvested and prepared by Penny. These structures are suitable for climbing peas or beans, perhaps a clematis or climber that doesn’t get too heavy. They are extremely ornamental on their own, adding height, texture, or a focal point of interest in the garden.
Just like the ‘structures’ workshops that have taken place previously, Penny suggests this workshop will be for those at an intermediate level (although to date most participants have had no prior experience). It is for those who are dexterous…..and have strong hands.
The day will begin at 10.00am with morning tea, followed by an invigorating morning getting the bones of your structure underway under Penny’s guiding hand. Penny is an excellent teacher, with a bounty of information to share about working with the material and techniques she employs. Mickey will provide a garden-inspired lunch, after which you can add the final flourishes to your own structure.
A thought: begin with an empty car so you can easily fit your beautiful structure inside to take home!
More on Mickey’s Willow Structure obsession!
COVID SAFE RULES WILL APPLY ON THE DAY including double vaccination check and QR code scan on entry. Physical distancing rules will apply, as will wearing a mask inside if that particular rule is still applicable on that date. WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE NOT ATTEND IF YOU FEEL UNWELL. Should that be the unfortunate case, we ask you to please advise your situation as soon as possible so we can attempt to fill your space.
Cost $440.00 per person