BERGH APTON COMMUNITY ARTS TRUST
LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP with KATE MUNRO
SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER
As a visitor to the village I was interested to attend the willow lantern making day at the Hall as I don’t have classes like this at home. Kate showed us two shapes of a fish and an old fashioned lantern that looked complicated but with great patience she encouraged us to bend and fastened the dampened willow from the Somerset levels and then coated it with tissue paper. I was surprised that it is weather proof so with two candles lit inside, I have a pretty acceptable lantern to take back home to embellish for use at Christmas.
The workshop with Kate was such a success! Amazing lanterns were created with a willow framework and covered with strong tissue paper. Everyone, after initial guidance, went their own way to make very imaginative shapes to later insert lights, either LED or candles. It was incredible how different and imaginative they were and Kate certainly enthused us all to the extent of decorating them too. The thought of carrying on making more when back home was very much in most of our minds.
Having lived for many years with acres of osier beds beyond the dyke at the bottom of the garden it was intriguing and really enjoyable to venture into the creative world of willow. Kate Munro, our tutor for the day, greeted us apprentices to the possibilities of using willow. After a briefing of what we could do we were encouraged to explore our own ideas and achieve our ambitions. It was a rewarding session and stimulated ideas for many future projects. Many thanks to both Kate Munro and Pat Mlejnecky for a very worthwhile and enjoyable day.