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Creative with Nature as an idea started about 12 years ago. I was looking for a way to get people outdoors and to use, create with, understand and cherish the abundant natural materials all around us in our natural environment, to value where we live, not just in monetary terms but as a key to our own happiness and as an asset with intrinsic value all of its own that as custodians we should be looking after.

Since then I’ve worked with hundreds of people of all ages and abilities and the statement that is feed back to me most often (at least once every course or session I run!) is just how therapeutic weaving with willow is.

There is something very special about understanding a natural material and then working together to create something beautiful, unique and often functional too.

I work regularly with people from all walks of life teaching willow sculpture and basketry and I weave unique pieces for sale through my Gallery & Workshop in Todmorden.

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Mixed Spring Exhibition 2018

With Philip Pearson, Naomi Neal and Rosie Newton

Mixed Spring Exhibition 2018

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Thanks to everyone who came to the @todconnect business network last night at my studio and gallery in Todmorden. Lots of new faces and old, thanks especially for the support I was really nervous about my talk.
Thanks also to Paul Walters from @limetree for a very illuminating talk on export trade. I'm an international exporter!! Who knew?! And thanks to Judith Wilson from Handmade Bakery for some fantastic cakes! There are still a few left and I'm open today!! Come and help me finish them off; ) the next meeting will be in a month, I'll share date and venue when I know. If you're a Tod business, big or small come!!! Xxx
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Next Mosaic Evening Class starts June 4th!! I only take up to 6 so book early. Meanwhile, enjoy some of our ongoing work 😊 info@laurabarnesart.com ... See MoreSee Less

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We've had the pups looking after the office today while we were out exploring the farm with St Andrews Primary School from Ramsbottom. The children all loved their day at farm school and learnt all so...

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