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Caroline Gregson

“My sculptures are entirely woven with willow, some of which I grow and harvest myself locally in Cheshire. The  sculptures often take inspiration from the natural world, which has always fascinated and delighted me.

I love the idea that I can draw with the willow rods, resulting in what appears to be a 3D sketch.

I try to capture the movement, vitality and individual character of each piece and if I can make you smile too then so much the better!

All my sculptures start life as a single willow rod which is gently curved in to a circle. Additional rods are added in turn, taking the structure from 2d into 3d and initially forming a very simplified sketch of the subject. I then concentrate on building on this framework to build up the muscle forms until the animal appears. I find it fascinating that I can see the animal at a very early stage in the process while a casual observer can only see a scribble of sticks. Often the addition of just one more piece will suddenly make everything clear!”

Caroline has worked with many clients on commissioned sculptures and has had work featured in the national press, on television and in film.

She has  been honoured by selection as a Yeoman of The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers, one of the original trade companies of the City of London.

Caroline has an extensive gallery of work on her website. For information about commissioning work or for willow sculpture workshop dates, please feel free to contact her.

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