During 2016 my "new" studio proved to be perfect for workshops taught by me and classes with visiting willow teachers as well as a wonderful home for my own willow creativity.
The PLAN is to give it a "face-lift" this year - as in new eyes and some make up - but it will still in the meantime be perfect for our use.
Keeping you all informed about what is happening at Lakeshore Willows IS a priority, but sometimes "life happens" and planned time for newsletter, blog, website and facebook slips away.
The PLAN is to connect in a more efficient and frequent way at all those venues to share with you exciting planned workshops and other activities.
Selected pics from Hjornholm November 2016 classes
In 2016 I was very happy to have the opportunity to get to know some very talented basket makers whom I had only heard about until then.
One of Canada's "Grand Old Ladies" of willow!
Many people who attended workshops here would tell me that they made one or a few willow baskets many years ago - with Ankaret Dean.
She is an amazing person, still very much involved in her community in McDonald's Corners, Ontario where she had invited me to teach 3 days of classes this summer.
Staying at her home I had the opportunity to learn about some of all the activities she has initiated and/or been involved in and I am looking forward to next time.
One of the people who actually made her first basket with Ankaret Dean, Joan is a fantastic artist/basket maker living in BC.
I knew about Joan from my friend, Danish willow artist and basket maker Eva Seidenfaden who have visited Joan in BC many times to teach classes. So when the basketry guild that I am a member of, Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild, planned a willow retreat with Joan teaching one of the classes, I was excited to be able to participate.
A wonderful person and inspirational artist I really look forward to meeting again. AND she taught me my first basket weaving with other natural materials incl cedar bark.
Irish basket maker known by everybody who loves willow.
Joe was high up on my wish list of teachers to learn from and I was lucky to spend 6 days of willow weaving with him at the Willow Gathering in Decorah, Iowa last summer.
A fantastic week learning from one of the best.
And a few more pics from workshops here during 2016:
So now 2017 has arrived and I wish for all that it will be a healthy, happy year filled with positive energy.
Words and photos by Lene Rasmussen,Willows.