Sara was born by the sea, on the South Coast of England, to creative parents. Her mother was a ballet dancer and her father was an illustrator and cabinet maker. These influences can be seen in the figurative style of her work and the natural materials she uses.
Sara moved to Surrey in the 1990’s where she completed a BA Hons degree at University of London and has worked as a freelance artist for many years. Working mainly as a sculptor her body of work has included some largescale pieces of public art as well as many private commissions. Major influences include David Nash, Sir Anthony Gormley, Andrew Goldsworthy and Serena de la Hay.
Working with the environment has involved the extensive use of willow withies as a medium in much of her work. At times, she has stretched this medium to its limit with the intricate detail she has achieved. Always experimenting with new materials her main focus and inspiration comes from working with natural, sustainable materials. Recently she has been developing ideas using mixed media and also experimenting with stone sculpture.
As well as public projects and private commissions Sara has worked extensively in schools, colleges, and community projects across several counties. As a tool for educating people she believes all learning can be embedded into sensory, creative actions. By using natural and sustainable materials as a medium she is certain that environmental awareness can be taught through the tactile and tangible involvement with them.
Hanna is Sara’s daughter. She has been a creative practitioner for many years working with children and adults of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings, festivals; summer camps; schools; colleges and community projects.
Hanna has a passion for natural craft and upcycling and while travelling and volunteering in schools around Thailand she found craft based lessons and a creative approach to be a helpful and inspiring teaching aid. Experience of working with many children and young people with special educational needs, Hanna’s quiet approach will gently build confidence in students of all ages and abilities.
Her love of craft is taking Willowtwisters in new directions as she continues to experiment with willow as a material, seeking out new, inspiring ways to extend her range of willow craft workshops.
Community Art and Festivals
We have led and co-ordinated many community projects, notably the Woking Willow Cyclists Project as part of the 2012 Olympic Games celebrations. We are happy to consult on creative aspects of your event.
We have attended many festivals over the years and our site is always very busy, we certainly draw in the crowds!
Our workshops offer a chance for families to work together creatively making something they can take home as a memory of the their day.
Dragonflies and butterflies are a hot favourite but larger scale community pieces have also been popular as they are great for encouraging people to work together creating a large finale piece which has, on some occasions been auctioned at the end of the festival raising money for charity.
Key Stages 1 – 4
With many years experience teaching, at all the different stages of development, our carefully designed workshops can be tailored to your requirements.
We can creatively link and adapt our workshops to the National Curriculum and the Key Stages. Embedding key skills at every opportunity we can also extend beyond Key Stage 4 into A Level and Further Education where larger scale 3D experimentation and sculptural mediums are often a requirement. Our workshops, at all levels, have delivered some impressive results.
Sara has a lot of experience working with SEN students. Attention to differentiation and inclusiveness has achieved good outcomes, for many students with complex needs.
We use recycled materials in our workshops linking sustainability to curriculum areas and your school’s Green Flag action plan
We also offer workshops at festivals and big events where the general public can get involved in creating a recycled work of art.
Living Willow Workshops
These workshops are seasonal and run from Early December to the end of April (willow cutting and planting season)
A one or two day interactive project will involve pupils and staff and can be linked to the National Curriculum and the Key Stages.
Students will be shown how to mark out, plant and construct a living willow dome. They will help to build the structure using various weaving techniques. They will also be taught about the care and maintenance required for a structure to grow and evolve.