Juliette Hamilton

“Juliette Hamilton creates willow sculptures and organises and delivers a popular and successful series of willow weaving workshops at various locations around Cheshire and Manchester. Originally trained at Manchester Metropolitan University in Textile Design, she subsequently followed a career designing embroidery for Marks and Spencers. When children came along, she started her own successful Soft Furnishing Business, establishing a customer base around the North West. She now concentrates her artistic work around weaving willow, working to commission, selling at events and running workshops.
Juliette creates willow sculptures of mainly animal form from different varieties and colours of dried willow which is soaked in water making it pliable. She likes the flowing organic shapes of animals and the surprising process of intensely investigation a new subject. Her method of weaving suggests movement, weight and muscle tone producing something beautiful and life-like but with character.
The sculptures, if put outside, are temporary, lasting a few years, and so are somehow more precious and demand more attention. They must be admired as they age and weather and finally disappear altogether.
Each piece is unique and never quite knowing what is gong to happen when they are started makes it all the more exciting.”