Organic Matters was started in 2008 to help people to grow vegetables in their own gardens. Initially to complement the vegetable gardening I discovered the wonderful world of willow. After doing a few courses myself I became completely hooked on the most versatile skill and ancient craft of weaving with willow. I've kept the name as I feel it also applies to the new direction I have taken. I believe it is equally important for us to work with organic materials, not just eat organically.
Since 2011 the willow weaving took over completely when I started to teach. I love being able to pass on the skills of this ancient craft and spend time with such lovely people. I run regular basketry, plant support and general weaving courses in Nunney near Frome in Somerset and also at some other local venues. Private courses can be arranged here or at a venue of your choice. I have worked with many schools and have done some really exciting sculpture projects and workshops. Commissions always welcome.
So take a look at what's on offer. I hope you find something of interest.
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We met Mary Cross in her workshop in Nunny, full of colourful willows and magical objects, on this beautiful sunny day and she added to the brightness of the day with her unique light. She had many stories to share, all beautiful, inhabited by interesting people and places, a strong connection with nature and a way of life I’d love to practice. Her skills and knowledge about this ancient craft made it so much more than a workshop- a beautiful and treasured experience that enriches and astonishes. Her craft is art and Mary herself has become the subject of art on the cover of a book written by Kate Lynch: Somerset Portraits and Voices. With our beautiful baskets woven and perfected, a labour of patience, resilience and love, we felt a sense of achievement and purpose that grounded us and made us appreciate the small but important things: time away for ourselves, to reflect and disconnect from the madness, time with beautiful people and the pure joy of making things and connecting with ancestral roots, through crafts, storytelling and a sense of community. Thank you, Willow Lady 💗!