2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Willow Weaving with Cherry Chung and QEST

Experience willow weaving with Cherry Chung – a master crafts person and scholar of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust.

Choose between a tension tray, corn dolly-style ornament or woven boat. Cherry will guide you through making your chosen piece using traditional willow weaving techniques, and you can take your creation home.

This workshop is perfect for families!

The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) supports and champions excellence in British craftsmanship by funding the training and education of talented and aspiring makers. Since 1990, the charity has awarded £5.5million to nearly 800 makers working across the UK – helping to sustain and evolve vital skills in traditional and contemporary crafts. QEST strongly believes that opportunities to develop making skills and careers in craft should be open to all, regardless of background or circumstance, and as part of its ‘Crafting Futures: Pathways to Excellence’ programme, is developing a range of projects to inspire and engage the next generation of professional makers.

Cherry Chung uses natural materials – primarily willow, bark and rush – to make sculpture and basketry. Based in Manchester, her practice encompasses undertaking commissions, working with arts organisations and community groups, and teaching. She enjoys the diversity that her work allows her, and all of it is connected by a love of weaving. With support of QEST, Cherry studied with master weaver Ane Lyngsgaard at Pileriet, a training centre for basketry, weaving and design in Denmark. You may have seen her restoration work on TV programme Salvage Hunters.



2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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