When the Little Forest Land Art team came together for the first time in January 2017 we had one target – getting the site ready for Art in the Garden 2017. This is our host Jan Griffiths’ annual open studio event in early June. The event has been getting bigger and bigger since the first one in 2012, with more artists and makers showing each year, in rotation, in and around her meadow and in her studio.
Although it seemed like we were continually clearing brambles for five months we did manage to open up new areas for work to be shown. The time flew by and soon we had artists arriving with their glorious creations, finding places to display them to show them off for the best.
First up was Mark & Rebecca Ford from Two Circles Designs with their organic woven willow ‘pods’. Carefully positioned, as you wandered around the meadow they would drift in and out of view. Other work dotted around included intricate chicken wire animals, metal wind sculptures, ‘kokedama’ moss balls and a nettle plant that would need a very big dock leaf!
There were also a couple of my own land art interventions that I call ‘clearings’. More on these in a future blog.
The preview was a gloriously warm, late spring evening. Wine and homemade elderflower cordial flowed, the cash till pinged and the car park got jammed!
There was one last area that we created that was popular with our visitors, a recently felled oak tree stump. This stump is the star of our big Artist Opportunity that could see you take part in Art in the Garden 2018. I will tell all very soon.