Some 20 years ago we were given a gift of some osier basket willows from Annemarie & Graham from the
In August 2002 sculptor Evette Sunset began to weave a living house. A circle was picked out within the existing osier willow copse. Each tree was thinned down to the best large structural branches for the roof & wall frame work .Smaller branches up to 1 mitre long were cross-woven to fill in the ceiling & walls.
The woven willow house took about 12 days to make – with two people working together most of the time. Each winter it is pruned and prunings used for various projects.
The house is a dwelling & visiting place for many creatures. It breathes with the sun, wind & rain.
A circle of light travels across the floor like clockwork, as sun or moon journey through the sky, visible through the central opening in the roof – “the sky gate” or “eye of heaven”(so-called by Mongolian nomadic peoples)
Under the eye to the sky is a clay fireplace, made from digging out a near by pond. When the house was first completed it was decorated with clay, over the years with weather and use its now clothed in moss.
Alive & growing the house looks & feels different in each season .
In Spring its lush with delicate new lime green leaves;
In Summer shady & cool; In Autumn the fallen rich black leaves carpet the floor;
In Winter it’s a huge basket, a skeleton- framework.
A rhythm of gentle change
A of living chair graces the outside area. Here Evette has just pruned it.
A series of ponds where hand dug after the willow house was built but thats another story.
The willow house as become my retreat ,my special place, a great place to relax, watch the birds or read .It has hosted many long lunches, evening bbq & a wedding decorated with purple bougainvillea.
Around my gardens you will find other bits of woven magic