Biteabout Arts

Anna Turnbull

Anna Turnbull

Monday, 10 August 2020 19:31

West End Fair Online, 8th - 30th August

I was running a workshop at Gartmore House near Stirling as the lockdown was building. Little did we realise what was in store.

A Tourism Event I was due to attend on 17th March was cancelled at the last minute the night before. A talk and demo to be given to a local group on the Wednesday night was cancelled, a workshop planned for a group the following Saturday was cancelled. And so, it went on. I started panicking about finances as two or three participants in workshops I had planned here at Biteabout Farm for the following few months contacted me and asked for refunds. So, an email was put together offering refunds, but asking those who could, to reschedule at a later date. Thankfully most of them did.

I am a maker of willow sculptures and baskets, as well as a felt maker, but a large part of my income comes from workshops. This has changed. I stocked up my Etsy shop, advertised this on Instagram and Facebook alongside my availability for commissions and slowly things started to trickle in. An exhibition of sculptures due to open at The National Trust’s Priorwood Gardens in Melrose was postponed, but luckily a good customer bought a couple of pieces for their garden.

Our garden, which has been lovingly tended throughout lockdown by my husband, now has obelisks of climbing beans, willow fencing panels to shelter tender vegetables and bird feeders in the trees. All inspired by the orders and commissions for other’s gardens. My big seller on Etsy - small birdfeeders made corn dolly style around fat balls.

But life is not just work. I have a young son, now at home isolated, bored and my job, his home schooling. So, my main focus has become him. I try to see it as a positive – much of my work before was workshops and events at weekends and in holidays – now I get time with him.

However, things are slowly changing. My exhibition in Melrose has just opened and I already have some interest in commissions. My husband can start to create the frames for these. School holidays are coming and my son can see more of his friends. I am planning how I can have small groups attend a workshop here at Biteabout Farm in the Autumn. An event planned for this weekend has gone online. Sales in my Etsy shop continue. Things are looking up again.

Friday, 01 February 2019 09:45

Foxes

Friday, 01 February 2019 09:41

Galloping Hare

Friday, 01 February 2019 09:38

Willow Roe Deer at Biteabout

Friday, 01 February 2019 09:26

Foxes

Friday, 01 February 2019 09:23

Willow Roe Deer

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Friday July 11

The Durham Miner

The Durham Miner, commissioned by The Woodland Trust and made in partnership with Ruth Thompson.

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The Durham Miner

The Durham Miner, commissioned by The Woodland Trust and made in partnership with Ruth Thompson.
Friday July 11

Emily Wilding Davison

Emily Wilding Davison commissioned by Morpeth Town Council.

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Emily Wilding Davison

Emily Wilding Davison commissioned by Morpeth Town Council.
Friday July 11

Miner

Commissioned by The Woodland Trust and made in partnership with Ruth Thompson.

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Miner

Commissioned by The Woodland Trust and made in partnership with Ruth Thompson.
Friday July 11

The Miner's Wife

The Miner’s Wife, commissioned by The Woodland Trust. Made in partnership with Ruth Thompson.

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The Miner's Wife

The Miner’s Wife, commissioned by The Woodland Trust. Made in partnership with Ruth Thompson.
Tuesday October 07

Easterside Academy Hare, Middlesbrough

Made with the help of Key Stage 2 pupils.

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Easterside Academy Hare, Middlesbrough

Made with the help of Key Stage 2 pupils.
Tuesday October 07

Easterside Academy Deer, Middlesbrough

Sculptures made with pupils in Key Stages 1 & 2 in partnership with Ruth Thompson.

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Easterside Academy Deer, Middlesbrough

Sculptures made with pupils in Key Stages 1 & 2 in partnership with Ruth Thompson.
Tuesday October 07

Children helping to make the dragon at Easterside Academy, Middlesbrough

Sculptures made with pupils in Key Stages 1 & 2 in partnership with Ruth Thompson.

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Children helping to make the dragon at Easterside Academy, Middlesbrough

Sculptures made with pupils in Key Stages 1 & 2 in partnership with Ruth Thompson.
Tuesday October 07

Easterside Academy Fox, Middlesbrough

Sculptures made with pupils in Key Stages 1 & 2 in partnership with Ruth Thompson.

796 hits

Easterside Academy Fox, Middlesbrough

Sculptures made with pupils in Key Stages 1 & 2 in partnership with Ruth Thompson.
Thursday November 13

Berwick Hills Primary School Willow Sculptures

Sculptures made with pupils in Key Stages 1 & 2 in partnership with Ruth Thompson.

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Berwick Hills Primary School Willow Sculptures

Sculptures made with pupils in Key Stages 1 & 2 in partnership with Ruth Thompson.
Tuesday April 21

Willow Curlew Commissioned by Northumberland National Park

To demonstrate the support of Northumberland National Park for our Sheep Tales Event at The…

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Willow Curlew Commissioned by Northumberland National Park

To demonstrate the support of Northumberland National Park for our Sheep Tales Event at The…
Wednesday July 15

Willow Hens, Harlow Green Primary School, Gateshead

Sculptures made with pupils in Key Stages 1 & 2 in partnership with Ruth Thompson.

1008 hits

Willow Hens, Harlow Green Primary School, Gateshead

Sculptures made with pupils in Key Stages 1 & 2 in partnership with Ruth Thompson.
Wednesday December 30

Durham Miner Mark 2

Commissioned by The Woodland Trust, in partnership with Ruth Thompson we remade the Durham Miner.…

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Durham Miner Mark 2

Commissioned by The Woodland Trust, in partnership with Ruth Thompson we remade the Durham Miner.…
Sunday July 02

Weavers Court Pheasant, Alnwick

Made with volunteers at Weavers Court, Alnwick with Ruth Thompson

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Weavers Court Pheasant, Alnwick

Made with volunteers at Weavers Court, Alnwick with Ruth Thompson
Sunday July 02

Ferryman, South Hylton Primary School, Sunderland

Made with the children of South Hylton Primary School, Sunderland, with Ruth Thompson. Metalwork by…

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Ferryman, South Hylton Primary School, Sunderland

Made with the children of South Hylton Primary School, Sunderland, with Ruth Thompson. Metalwork by…

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