Jess’s passion for plaiting willow and corn doilies (see loom weaving and willow heddles) inspired me on a project with young carers at the YMCA in Darlington, the week before last.
The session started with a tour of the garden (see flying fedges). The children chose their favourite spot and collected various objects found on the former industrial site. We then plaited willow to make containers to put these in and displayed them in their favourite spot in the garden. They took some of these home with them and what is illustrated here is what was was left behind.
After the session I used more of the willow to weave what would be the back of a chair using an old wooden palette as a seat. The aim was to use the seating platform to level off the slopey ground in the semi sheltered areas created by the fedges, and provide a space for residents and visitors to sit and relax.
Unfortunately time ran out to finish this but hopefully Sally, Dave and the volunteers might be able to work on this in the next few weeks, so weary bones can be rested there for comfort and contemplation very soon.