Caroline Sharp


Understanding of the qualities and developing characteristics of natural materials

The process of growing, cutting, sorting and grading wood is in touch with nature and so becomes reflected in the finished piece of wood.  Materials are gathered from many sources the allotment; roadside verges; industrial estate shrubberies and remote Dorset coppiced woodlands.  Sometimes elements of time or place appear within the weaving; a cluster of catkins, a pigeon feather, or autumn leaves.

A random weave has been developed to emphasise form and movement.  Tips of rods are left to give texture; leaves are left on to give contrast in both texture and colour.  All parts of the materials are shown in its raw form, and so not to create waste.  Leaves are used within the pieces and as they dry they change colour from dark green to light green, and then to orange/brown.  




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