We very often focus on textile arts but for the last couple of weeks we have been experimenting with something a bit different: willow work and the ancient art of origami.
It was interesting to see how different people responded to different materials. Some excelled in the tactile qualities of natural willow and others found the precision and three dimensional thinking of origami to be relaxing and satisfying.
We made some willow wreaths, stars, hearts and bulrushes using buff willow that had been soaked overnight. I really enjoy working with willow and loved filling up the space with the distinctive, woody smell and mess. I was impressed at how quickly everyone took to it.
Origami divided the crowd! There were some who absolutely loved it and some that found it tricky to get to grips with. There is no doubt that it is addictive when you get the hang of the basic folds.
I have been enjoying the different textures and colours in the room! I particularly enjoyed the colourful muddle of the all the beautiful origami papers.