Christmas Wreath Making Workshop
During this three hour workshop you will use beautiful, local dried and fresh plant material to create a wonderful festive wreath. The starting point for your wreath, is a hand wound clematis frame. This along with all winding materials, ribbons, glitter spays will be provided for you to work on.
Fairy lights, batteries and other decorative pre- wired materials will be available on the day for a small charge and you are most welcome to bring any foraged bits of your own that you’d like to add in.
About the tutor:-
Michelle’s love of plants and people led her to study Ethnobotany at Plymouth University. Ethnobotany is the study of a region’s plants and their practical uses through the traditional knowledge of a local culture and people. Whilst she was completing her studies, Michelle also worked at Heligan Gardens, in Cornwall, as a gardener. Heligan gave her her first experience with growing, drying and decorating with plants and it’s there that she fell in love with flowers and was lucky enough to be able to use them to decorate and celebrate with.
Now based in Millbrook with a young family Michelle continues to work as a gardener locally. This work has inspired her to create more permanent foraged art and bring it to a wider audience.
Her creations are a snapshot of the seasons; in the home as wall hangings, pictures and smaller decorative pieces or held close by, being worn in the form of brooches, jewellery and hair accessories. Michelle says, “it’s a joy to bring the beauty of my local area to others in this workshop. All the materials I use are home grown or locally foraged. I also like to repurpose materials, bringing a new lease of life to things that are no longer wanted in their current form. Autumn and winter bring a flurry of handmade item made using dried flowers and feathers”.