It all started when June was asked to take on the commission to create willow golfers for the 2014 Ryder Cup.
June trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art where she graduated in Drawing & Painting and was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Travelling Scholarship for painting.
She now runs The Works, a multi-faceted arts company offering artistic services, from giant murals to facepainting and graphic design.
In great demand for all sorts of creative workshops, June is mainly a community artist and specialises in doing things on a grand scale.
She had dabbled with willow before but the Ryder Cup project was a much bigger proposition.
Lynn is a photographer, who somehow ended up being one of June’s not so glamorous assistants for the huge undertaking.
Here’s what they say about Willow Works: “We discovered we rather enjoyed working with willow and each other, so when the golfers project finished we carried on – a hairy Highland Coo just had to be made from this natural material!
“Other sculptures followed, and we have since worked on a variety of willow projects – including more coos, deer, birds and Scottie dogs- and are about to embark upon a plough horse.
“Some of our work can be seen on the Bliss Art Trail, in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Others feature in arTay and we will be collaborating with the Black Watch Museum later this year on a poppy project and winter workshops.
“We are kept very busy with the willow and our other work but love what we do and are always open to ideas for willow sculptures and workshops.”
Kirsty is a visual artist currently based in Scotland, that works in a range of methods and processes, currently focusing on combining traditional methods of wood-working with a contemporary process of pyrography. For her, making her work interactive is very important – She enjoys seeing audiences engage with the work she has created, which is why she works predominantly with natural materials and bold shapes. These entice the audience, and encourages them to feel the pieces. The burnt in patterns will bring the audience in closer, allowing the viewer to have a more personal experience.
Within her practice she has gained huge amounts of experience in conducting herself in large events and exhibitions whilst working in a variety of ways with the community. She has personally run workshops and done demonstrations with a variety of places and with people of all ages. She has two main lines of work outside her art practice; wood turning line ‘Primitive’ and scrap metal jewellery line ‘Relics’
Primal is a new line of wooden sculptural works produced by artist Kirsty Dalton. They are based on traditional methods of hand carving and working in a primitive nature focusing on bold shapes with burnt in detail; which has all been done free hand. Kirsty Dalton’s work took a purely instinctive approach to creating this new line of work.
Kirsty worked in association with Dundee city council forestry section who donated the wood to go towards a bigger project of new sculptural works, some of which have been donated to Camperdown Park Dundee.
The wood used to create these works was ethical and locally sourced within Scotland. It was important to the artist for the wood to be sourced in an ethical way when working on it in such a large scale.
Georgia is a freelance artist, who uses mainly willow and paper. She is based on Loch Tay.
Georgia works as a community arts facilitator as well as producing work for galleries/ events/commissions. She has a strong background and interest in natural history and cultural heritage and this has a significant impact on the work she produces.
Her work varies from year to year, but she is currently specialising in the use of combined paper and willow. The willow is grown locally and organically; the papers are mostly fine/hand made papers which are then waxed/treated/embelished by her, unless she makes the paper herself.. Where possible colours are protected with UV sprays. Any raw clays used also have a protective treatment.
Georgia is an enthusiastic proponent of the role Creative Practice plays within local communities but in recent years she has also produced work for The National Museums of Scotland, The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, The Ryder Cup, Perth Arts Festival, to name a few.