It is 20 months since the completion of my cloak for St Cuthbert. I was invited to the preview of The Treasures of St Cuhtbert Exhibition at Durham Cathedral on Friday and was so excited to see my work on display at last. It is one of four artworks commissioned for the exhibition and they can all be seen up until the end of September, (but possibly longer, that is still to be agreed). The exhibition of the treasures is stunning, and has been worth the wait!
'Discover art in the outdoors. Beautiful rhythmic willow sculptures created by Anna Turnbull hidden throughout the woodland.
Living in Northumberland, Anna draws on the costal scenery and wildlife around her home for inspiration. In 2008, she started to work with the many varieties of coloured willows grown locally for basketry and the traditional techniques, and started to experiment with the idea of creating willow sculptures. Captivated by the pure organic form, colours and textures of the willows, her passion for creating the unexpected was ignited.
As visitors walk through the woods they will see a variety of woodland creatures emerging from the trees. A bird swooping upon its prey; a squirrel startled as it scurries up a tree; a pair of red deer engaged in combat.'
Made with the children of South Hylton Primary School, Sunderland, with Ruth Thompson. Metalwork by Farley Forge.
Inspired by the flora and fauna of the National Nature Reserve I have designed a series of sculptures to be created for Lindisfarne's Nature trail. We had the third of our six planned volunteer sessions making the sculptures yesterday
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I have thoroughly enjoyed the last few basketry workshops at The Cheviot Centre in Wooler.
Here are the group from this last weekend - what a fantastic range of baskets!
I am delighted to have been asked back to teach at the Summer School where there is a packed week of inspiring workshops. Take a look, you might like to join us!