Wakehurst 2014

Artist in residence at WakehurstMeadow Weave

Artist in Residence at Wakehurst (Royal Botanic Gardens Kew) for the Meadow Festival and accompanying Meadow Folk exhibition, 2014.

The residency, ‘Meadow Weaveinvolved working with with species-rich hay plants, grown and harvested on site.

The brief was to explore the creative possibilities of the material and to make a piece that would be installed in the timber-framed buildings opposite the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst.



wakehurst meadows artist in residence 2014


I made over 70 metres of hay rope using hay cut from the Wakehurst meadows.  I looped the rope into a large circular knotless netted structure (diameter 2 metres).

Work in progress (left).

This structure was suspended to create a convex form in the roof space of an open-sided timber-framed building near the Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst.

The piece references the context of hay-making; how the activity binds communities together.


hay grass basket



Meadow Vessel
Hay rope coiled with phormuim leaf fibre. Diameter of vessel 94cm.
Exhibited at Making Lewes 2014.







coiled hay grass basket



Meadow Vessel, work in progress: coiling hay rope using a bone fid and phormium leaf fibre.

You can see further photos, watch video clips and read more about the work and its development in my blog.