"Maggie Campbell weaves wonders with willow! As part of our Viking project the whole school helped Maggie weave a willow Viking Ship that has become a favourite play structure and inspiring outdoor classroom! "

Sally Wilson, Headmistress Costessey Infant School, Norwich

"Maggie Campbell has a regional reputation for delivering high quality creative learning experiences and imaginative outcomes with children of all ages, abilities and disabilities"

Anna Macathy, Arts Education Project Development Officer, Norfolk County Council

 

WILLOW STRUCTURES

Willow is an amazing material to work with and make objects and sculptures out of. It is very pliable and durable and 100% natural. There are thousands of different varieties of willow, and the willow I use I cut myself from local sources in Norfolk; sometimes I travel down to Somerset to cut a species which is especially good for smaller projects.

a life sized viking ship and hut made from willow

VIKING SHIP

Willow can be woven to form fence-like structures such as this life-sized Viking ship in the What-Tyler Park in Basildon; this is similar to another viking project I did with the staff and pupils at Costessey Infant School in Norwich.

The What-Tyler Park has been awarded money from the National Lottery to build several sculptures and will be launched in May 2007, and a book about the project is being prepared.

The life-sized hut pictured below, was a less permanent project built at Ecotech in Swaffham.

willow hut at Ecotech in Swaffham