Hutch Interiors Welcomes Tom Hare Willow Sculptor for his first workshop at Hutch
We’ve just run one of our best Hutch workshops yet. Another fabulously crafty creative affair down in the Hutch studio below our shop on the Golborne Road. This time we were lucky to have incredibly talented willow sculptor Tom Hare.
I had read about Tom earlier this year and a project he was doing with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Since I was living in Brentford just across the river from Kew in our one-bed with three kids and two cats whilst doing loft and kitchen extension at our house – but that’s another story - it was high time I popped across the river and had a look. Well, what an incredible experience it was to walk through and enjoy these beautiful sculptures at Kew. So realistic but also majestic – which I admit is a strange word for a mushroom!
The sculptures ran down alongside the boardwalk towards the Orangery, and were an incredible sight.
Well we approached Tom to enlist his help to add to the Hutch workshop list, and he travelled to London to visit Hutch in Golborne Road where he ran a willow weaving workshop for us in our Hutch basement studio one sunny day last September.
It was a great session and the group spread out in to the courtyard during the three-hour workshop.
Tom brought with him lots bunches of different types willow – colour, width, strength, different types of willow plants. We were given an explanation of how the plant works, and how to manipulate the branches to form the curves and bends that we wanted. Tom got us going by teaching us to create a simple fish sculpture – mainly to get a feel of the plant.
Then the group graduated onto a willow sphere. Now I know what the Hutch Christmas scheme is going to look like? Hmm, fairy lights interweaved through the willow – willow spheres suspended in beautiful Hutch window display…..
Finally the group were taught how to make a beautiful and practical plant support, for all those sweet peas that were being planned for the following spring. This was where the group spread out into the courtyard.
Golly, Hutch’s vintage German folding beer tables and benches have been great at workbenches for everyone’s crafty creativity.
The group was really spurred on to try a bit more willow sculpture. And, you never know, may be one day a gigantic porcini, chanterelle or morel mushroom!
Thanks goes to the wonderful and inspiring Tom Hare for his time here at Hutch, and to all those who attended.
Not forgetting Angela, Hutch’s lovely shop manager, who continued to hold the fort upstairs in our mid-century boutique.
Watch this space for details of subsequent workshops. And, click here to visit our online shop where you can sign-up for Hutch Updates on our home page. We feature new finds from France and new mid century restoration projects in the pipeline.
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PS. All photos are my own.