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Juliette Hamilton originally trained at Manchester Metropolitan University in Textile Design, specialising in Weave.

Juliette’s work is mainly creating realistic animal sculptures out of willow and sometimes chicken wire, ranging from chickens up to cows and horses. She has made sculptures for TV and film productions including Hollyoaks and Disney. Her work has also featured in a Bollywood film.

I wanted to thank you very much for the really enjoyable day today. I am so proud of the hare, but am, very aware I couldn’t possibly have created it without your expert guidance. You were so patient with us all right through the day . I couldn’t believe it when you said it was 4pm and realised that we had been working away for 6 hours.

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Making a willow chicken for my Garden On a recent visit to Arley Hall Gardens where they have a small garden centre, I spied a gorgeous pecking chicken in the greenhouse, made of willow. The chicken had been made by Juliette Hamilton, willow sculptress extraordinaire, who makes willow sculptures for all sorts of events, such as these cows that she was commissioned to make for this years Glastonbury Festival. Juliette runs regular courses, which are often themed to the seasons and teaches us lesser creative mortals how to make all manner of creatures from chickens, to dancing hares and stags heads. Yesterday myself and a friend went along to Nettle in Tattenhall Cheshire, to attend one of Juliette’s chicken willow weaving courses. Nettle is a beautiful florist and gift shop, housed in a lovely converted barn and was the perfect setting for getting inspired to make something for the garden. The day started with coffee and biscuits, gluten free very thoughtfully provided for me, and a meet and greet. The courses are kept small and intimate, so that Juliette can instruct as much or as little as each student requires and the chatter and laughter got louder as the day progressed and everybody got to know each other better. After a break for a delightful lunch of poached salmon, new potatoes and salad, followed by a gluten free chocolate roulade,beautifully made by Ros and her mum, we got back to the task in hand and before we knew it our chickens and cockerels were taking shape. My very creative friend’s chicken ended up plumb and resplendent, lets just say mine is work in progress and I came away with a bundle of willow reeds and instructions from Juliette on how to feed him up and make him a bit fatter but I love him, which is all that matters? Here he is pecking happily away in my garden, looking a bit more crispy duck than chicken? We had an amazing day, surprisingly we found it very relaxing and therapeutic and both agreed that we would be back for more classes. I think the stags head would look wonderful decking our hall at Christmas. Nettle also run Christmas wreath making courses and if you are interested, give them a ring early as they get booked up super quick.
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Wood you believe these creations? Tree-mendous willow artwork wows at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 23 Jul 2014 – 09:59AM | By Josh Willacy Manchester garden lovers will be left in awe when they cast their eyes over the stunning willow stem creations adorning Tatton Park’s flower show this week. The unique artworks, including children and animals, have been created by Withington-based teacher and artist Juliette Hamilton who only branched out into willow sculptures four years ago. This year she donated some figures of children which she crafted for the centre of the Andy Walker’s NSPCC garden. DOING IT FOR THE KIDS: Two sculptures for the NSPCC garden Juliette told MM: “I only had six days to create two child figures for the garden but I’m really happy with them. Judging is today so we’ll have to wait and see! “I’d never done them before, I’ve done three-metre-tall women but never children, but each time I’m asked to do something it’s completely new.” Juliette shares her craft through working at schools and teaching adults how to create their own willow wonders at Chorlton’s Beetle Felt and Arley Hall near Northwich. DOMINANT: A proud-looking stag on the lookout… but with no hens in sight She said: “The workshops are brilliant as people can make something excellent in one day – when they go home with a deer or a hare they’re always rather impressed with themselves.” Also on display at Tatton Park will be her magnificent cows, which went down a storm when she took them to Glastonbury where she was holding a workshop in the green craft fields. To get the cows up to Somerset, along with a mini pyramid stage, she had to mooove them in a huge van, but was happy with the praise they received. She said: “I got a spontaneous round of applause when I got them out of the van which was really nice. “The festival was really hard work but being a part of it rather than just going to it felt really good. PUT ‘EM UP! Boxing hares get in a punch up “After a weekend of workshops though I just put a sign over the tent that said ‘not working from 9 to 5 today as I’m going at 3 to see Dolly’ and she was excellent!” Juliette is kept incredibly busy with keeping up with the large number of private commissions for her work and loves the huge variety this brings to her work. She said: “Now I’ve finished the figure children I’ve got a cat, a bat, two boxing hares and one on its own, so quite a lot on! MOO-VIN’ ON UP! A cow immortalised in willow branches “I’m also creating a large Shetland pony to commemorate life of one who lived until it was in its fifties at Stockley farm. She added: “People always ask me what my favourite sculpture is but I honestly say that the thing I’m working on at that time is always my favourite thing, I love doing it and I’m very lucky to be doing it!” WILLOWY FIGURES: Three ladies stand proud For more information about the show, and to buy tickets, click here. For more on this story and many others, follow Mancunian Matters on Twitter and Facebook.
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