Welcome to Willowtwisters
Willowtwisters was established in 2001 by Sara Holmes.
As a sculptor Sara was drawn to weaving in 3D and began experimenting with sticks as a medium for sculpture. She quickly discovered willow and the rest is history! As one of a handful of self taught pioneers of willow as a sculpture medium, she began teaching others her techniques. Her students come from far and wide to learn her style. She has developed a range of online courses and now reaches students as far away as Canada, United States, New Zealand, Germany and Finland to name a few!
Sara works from the beautiful, village of Pirbright in Surrey, England. She runs willow sculpture courses and craft based workshops in person and online. Sara continues to develop her art using nature’s resources. Her deep connecton with the natural environment is where she draws ideas and inspiration.
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“Had the most amazing day making a willow sculpture of this cute baby elephant. I would recommend the willow sculpture workshop to anyone as it is so therapeutic and fun. Thank you Sara. I will be back to make a baby giraffe soon”
Willow Sculpture and Craft Workshops
Set in a picturesque, country garden or village setting in Surrey, Willowtwisters workshops offer an informal and relaxed atmosphere where students can spend an enjoyable day creating their very own willow sculpture or craft with expert tuition and support from experienced and skilled practising artists.
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Our willow sculpture and craft courses include easy to follow step by step instructions packed with learning and information. Video tutorials and slideshows are supported by workbooks to download and an online support/discussion page.
What is Willow Sculpture?
Willow is a truly wonderful, natural material to use creatively. It is very versatile and can be used to create many beautiful things from baskets and decorative craft to sculpture. As a medium to create sculpture, my self-taught techniques have been developed over many years. They do not follow a prescribed set of rules, they use a combination of free weaving, sewing and binding skills to build and sculpt layers of willow creating the density and form of any desired shape.
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“Fantastic day with Sara and Hanna yesterday with lovely people all learning about this craft. Our group were amazed by what we were able to do with zero knowledge of this superb material, as we wove our way towards our finished sculptures. But it was the gentle praise, encouragement and guidance from Sara and Hanna that was the magic key to the success of our day. Take up this craft! You won’t be disappointed. Thank you guys for a most worthwhile day”
“Such a fun day as always. My friends are already talking about who they can bring next year!”
“Fabulous day yesterday at willow sculpture day… my friend and I loved it and proudly took home our sculptures… everyone should have a go… great fun… great lunch… thank you”