West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Tutors
These are the people who make everything work...

Anthea Naylor
Anthea's geese and chicken are full of character. This time of year there are 1,000s of wild pink-footed geese on the fields - so I wonder what they will think of the arrival of some willow impersonators!   (Kate Sankey)
 
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Bryce Reynard
Bryce's has an intimate understanding of the Birch tree.   I am very pleased that he travels down from Inverness to run workshops here at West Moss-side where the material can be harvested.   Birch from the scrub woodland on the edge of Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve.  On the high moss we are actually trying to reduce the number of scrub birch trees so you are welcome to 'pull' the young birch trees to get the long slender roots.  You will be helping to conserve the bog habitat. New for 2016 will see another traditional material from the bog used. This time it is Purple Moor Grass for making Bee skeps.

This bee skep is made from Marram grass but we will be using Purple Moor Grass.

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Catherine Davies
I've known Catherine since she began basket making - that was more than 10 years ago!  She used to live just up the road in Thornhill village before heading out to the Isle of Eigg with her partner Pascal Carr.  Basket making came naturally to her and her dedication to understanding the weaves and the structures of the traditional baskets of Scotland and Ireland can be seen in her own beautiful creations.  Catherine and Pascal are now working together with Pascal making larger structures including coffins. It is great to have them both here at West Moss-side. (Kate Sankey)
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Charmian Pollok
Imagine my delight when Charmian agreed to come to West Moss-side to run a workshop to share her expertise and excitement in paper making from native plants. She brought some of her most wondeful pieces for display in the Centre too. I particularly love the strong and beautiful connections which her work conveys between the natural and human worlds. (Kate Sankey)
 
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Darren Rees
I have admired Darren's wonderful paintings over the years. He is a regular visitor to West Moss-side and has done some beautiful drawings and paintings here - one of a merlin in the Flanders Moss landscape and one of a hare with curlew chicks in the carse hayfields I have hanging in my dining room. There are other local paintings in the centre too. So it is great to have him at West Moss-side. (Kate Sankey)
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Elspeth Lamb

It is really special to have Elspeth coming to West Moss-side. It is a perfect complement to Charmian Pollok's Paper Making Workshop. Indeed Elspeth and Charmian have worked alot together.  Using natural materials and water based paint the Japanese block printing so well speaks to the natural landscape and environment.    Elspeth Lamb has written and edited a definitive book on Paper Making for Print Makers which includes a chapter written by Charmian Pollok. .

 

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Geoff Forrest
Tutor information forthcoming...
 
 
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Georgia Crook
Georgia Crook
Georgia uses wild materials found around her home to make her inventive and unusual baskets. She has had work shown in galleries and exhibitions all over the British Isles and in Europe, and has a piece of work in the permanent collection of the National Museums of Scotland...
 
We're very lucky indeed to have her here. (Kate Sankey)
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Gill Curwen
Gill Curwen is a textile artist and rag rug artist.
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Jane Wilkinson

It was Jane Wilkinson who introduced me to the wonderful world of willow weaving. I attended a weekend workshop and produced two fantastic baskets (well I thought they were!) - and that was it. She shared her skills and experiences both of willow basketry but also growing and cultivating willow and I was hooked.
(Kate Sankey)
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Jeanette Sendler
I was introduced to Jeanette through an exhibition at the Collins Gallery in Glasgow .... I was fascinated by her textual felt which reflected the natural world and a few days later visited her in her studio - I returned with two pieces. One Reflections on Peat  is 'at home' in the centre. The other graces my house and I enjoy every day. I was so pleased when she agreed to come to West Moss-side to teach. It is great to have her at West Moss-side to pass on her skills. (Kate Sankey)
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Jo Allport

Jo Allport is new to West Moss-side in 2014 - it is always wonderful to find new creative artists to come and share their passion.  Jo started Yarn Tree Designs to fulfill a lifelong ambition to create a knitwear design company.  She produces many commercial hand knit patterns, based on her unique style and inspired designs. Collections take their inspiration from Scotland's rich heritage and natural landscape.  All her designs have influences from both traditional Scottish garments and from Scottish knitting techniques. 

In the last year, she has written a book which uses the lovely Noro yarn and is called “What can I knit tonight”.  This covers smaller projects which can be knitted in one evening, one day or one weekend. She has also produced a kids learn to knit book. 

She runs workshops where beginners and improvers are encouraged to develop both their knitting skills and a lifelong love of yarn.  

 


 

 
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Jon Warnes
Jon WarnesI have used Jon's book Living Willow Sculpture many times over the years so it was with excitement that I first met the man behind the book and especially to discover that he had such wide ranging green wood working and rural skills. It was also good to hear that he had moved to mainland Scotland and even more when he agreed to teach a spoon carving workshop. (Kate Sankey)
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Kate Sankey
Kate Sankey
Kate has been growing her skills over the past 10 years. Inspired by West Moss-side - the farming landscape, wildlife and  natural materials which grow on  the farm and flanders Moss National Nature Reserve.  She began with  willow basket making but has been so fortunate to meet  and work with tutors and makers in a variety of media - all of whom have inspired her and many she has attracted to West Moss-side over the past 3 years. 
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Libby Yule

I have admired Libby's work for many years. She does a great range of cards of her batiks and paintings.  The watery skies of the Carse of Stirling and the iconic landscape setting of Ben Lomond inspire Libby's beautiful art work.  I can't wait to see how you create these images (Kate Sankey)
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Lynn Ramsbottom

I had heard all about Lynn  the 'Bag Lady'!  I think she and I have something in common as I am often referred to as the 'Basket Case'.  I finally got to meet Lyn in Aberfoyle where she is involved in running a Craft Gallery/Shop. Her bags are really fabulous - the colours - the shapes - and practical too, with her special way of making the handles.   So now you can learn to make them too, in the cosy and light hayloft  workshop at West Moss-side. I might join you too 'cos I can never resist another bag for putting things in - to join all my baskets.(Kate Sankey Nov 2009)

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Pascal Carr

Pascal Carr is new to West Moss-side as a tutor in his own right.  He is partner with Catherine Davies in the new basket making business All about Willow. he has been working on larger pieces.  His work is in the traditional style of Scottish and Irish baskets. 

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Paul Millard
Paul Millard builds yurts. They are very beautifully made of ancient design and combining wood with fibre.  Paul started Red Kite Yurts about the same time as West Moss-side was finished. The idea of running yurt-building workshops here seemed a good one.  The stories and images from his 2007 trip to Krykistan  fascinated me and he is very knowledgeable about  nomadic peoples and their yurts (Kate Sankey)
 
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Pip Weaser
Pip Weaser
Pip runs regular courses and workshops all over Scotland.  She will be the very first basket weaver to tutor at West Moss-side, using willow and natural materials from the Farm and the Moss. I collected some beautiful bog cotton in June which can be woven together with other treasures which you will have.
 
We're very lucky indeed to have her here. (Kate Sankey)
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Saskia Gavin
It is great to have Saskia Gavin tutoring here at West Moss-side. She  will be working together with Charlotte Haines in a series of three felt workshops introducing different felting techniques.  Saskia Gavin and Charlotte Haines are two felt and fibre artists from Edinburgh.  (Kate Sankey)
 
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Susie Bishop
Susie's work is wonderful.  The patterns are beautifully intricate yet with simple elegance and symmetry.   Just imagine sitting on a chair that you have restored to its original glory!  She is also teaching Rushwork in 2012.  Don't miss this new course. (Kate Sankey)
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Tom Banks

 

Wooden Tom (Tom Banks ) lives and works in the Cairngorms where he runs green wood workshops and crafts beautiful pieces. Here's Wooden Tom explaining his love for wood...  

I work with wood, both as craftsman and as a teacher.  I have a passion for wood,  for its texture and also because it makes me feel close to nature.   For my own part I am happiest when emphasizing its natural beauty, and it’s important to me that the materials I choose are sustainably sourced, and thus my work plays its part in keeping our outdoors at its best. 

   When I hold classes I have the chance to share my passion and my traditional skills of wood carving with my students.   My teaching sessions are taught using only hand tools because I find without the noise and speed of power tools we ourselves begin to relax and work with the grain of the wood rather than against it.

  I have carved wood for many years and for me it is a welcome escape from the stresses the we all know in modern life.   Perhaps especially I love watching the process from start to finish of a piece of wood becoming ... whatever I wish it to be!  It keeps me happy and I would like to share this gift with you. 

 


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