Art House 27
Address: 57 Coillesdene Avenue
Open: 2/3 and 9/10 September
Using entirely UK willows, many grown regeneratively in Scotland, Anna makes functional and decorative works drawing on traditional baskets and heritage weaving skills. Baskets, homeware, jewellery, plant supports, willow display.
Nature and history pass through Anna’s hands as she weaves using willow she grows, cuts, sorts and prepares herself. Every year in the early spring you will find Anna in the willow patch with friends, harvesting the year’s crop, ready for regrowth. The first crop was cut from the bed in 2005, the year her daughter was born. Anna grows eight types of willow in the patch, of different colours, hues and elasticity. Some of them are stout, making them ideal for a basket’s skeleton. Others are long and slender and can be woven in and out of small spaces. Anna aims to contrast the dappled hues of the different willow barks within her work. Through the year, particularly as she is creating baskets and forms using her homegrown willow, the affection for the material carries on through the work. The baskets are things of beauty; sturdy and precise.
About Anna has studied with many internationally known basket makers and willow growers over her 15 years of basketmaking, which began with her growing willow for another basket maker and being inspired by the regenerative nature of the craft.
Some recent exhibitions and studies include: Folk at Heart exhibition, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; Teaching traditional basketry on a national level to the Northumbria Basketry Group; and Nourish exhibition at Farnham Crafts Study Centre.
Joanie Bones- songs and stories of meaning and unity.
Sunday Sep 3rd 3.30-4.30pm
Porty resident Joanie Bones uses spoken word and a cappella song based on the British folk song tradition to weave stories of connection, meaning and unity. Fresh from headlining the spoken word tent at Buddhafield Festival this year and following a packed out show at Pianodrome last fringe, Joanie brings her unique mix of vocal looping, experimental percussion and heart warming tales of connection to potter Michelle Lowe’s garden for this intimate gig. (we’ll be inside if it rains).
Expect songs and stories about a wide range of curious topics, including a famous Edinburgh resident and things one can find walking up the Figgate burn as it leads into the sea. https://www.joaniebones.com/about.html