Wow, what a genuinely fabulous weekend and what amazing willow sculptures! There were twelve of us in total and the theme was Mythological Willow Sculpture. Now in truth, part of the reason for the mythological element was to allow more room for error, should one of us novices accidentally put a head in the wrong place or create a few too many arms! But I needn’t have worried. The standard was amazing!
As it turned out, only three people went down the mythological creature route and we ended up with a lovely array of creatures. There were three deer in poses that varied from assertive to alert to grazing, a content hare, an otter eating a fish, a proud African elephant, a huge cat (Maine Coon presumably), two gigantic dragons and a centaur.
Day one started with with the creation of the base boards on which the sculptures were to stand, before we added a minimal metal wire framework. To this we began to add the willow, in rings, to create the beginnings of the three dimensional torsos and legs. We then wove willow into and around these hoops in lots of different ways, which brought the shape immediately to life.
Day two was a continuation of this, with plenty of filling in gaps and adding depth and shape to the figures. Then after lunch, people began to shape the heads of their beasties, for which Mageika the dog was a very willing and useful model. Once created, these were plonked onto the necks and carefully woven in.
Last of all were the finer points, such as wings, ears, whiskers or fish in the mouth. I have put some pictures on so you can see the finished (or in my case, nearly finished) creations. Phil has said a few times that Willow can be pretty addictive and I suspect he might be right…Helen and I were still weaving willow into our respective mythological creatures at 2am this morning!!
My centaur is still without a head, so his aim might be a bit skew-wiffy until that is resolved, but he’s definitely taking shape. As for Helen and her 8′ dragon, they were last seen boarding a train to Lockerbie!