Conningbrook Lakes Country Park – Wild Weaving

Date: 28th September 2022

Location: Conningbrook Lakes, Ashford, Kent

Funded By: Chartway Group, Ashford Borough Council, Latimer, Conningbrook Lakes, Westerhill Homes

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Gemma Gottelier led a Wild Weaving session with the Kent and Medway Communication and Assistive Technologies service (KELSI) – a regional service with a range of professionals (including therapy assistant practitioners and teachers) providing specialist multi-disciplinary assessment, intervention and review of specialist communication and Assistive Technology (AT) for children and young people.

Gemma described the afternoon:

We met at the Julie Rose stadium and walked down to the lakes together. We based ourselves by the main lake and were fortunate to have some sun on an autumn day, in late September. I explained the project to the group – showing them images of Tim Norris’s bird hide. Inspired by Tim’s commission and water birds found at the lakes, the group collected sticks and other plants & flowers. They created looms with sticks & wools, weaving their foraged natural materials into them. Some made Ojo De Dios (God’s eye), South American spiritual/ protective weaves.

“It was very kind of Gemma/Outdoor Studios to provide this activity for free for us, please pass on our thanks & gratitude. It was a lovely location (which I will definitely visit again for a walk) & a great session for people to take part in, or to watch & chat. And we always learn something new at such events…..who knew Marcin had such talents for creating ducks from sticks & leaves?? 🤷‍♀️” Nicole Tumber

I did have a lot of fun- I like to be crafty 😎 I’m very proud of my duck 🦆 Marcin Zielonka

It was really lovely, a great way to end the day” participant