Hello and welcome international English language learners, and of course, local friends of Blue Noun English language School, Crieff; home of a unique art and design English course for creative practitioners wanting to learn professional English skills.
Today we meet a collaborator of our Meet the Makers English language immersion course – your art and design English course specifically for putting creative practitioners into professional contexts.
June is just one of many artists that you can meet on a Blue Noun English Language School holiday as part of our Meet the Makers Programme – which is part of our Art and Design English Course ‘Creative Professional – Immersion‘.
With June, you could have an afternoon being shown the techniques of making willow sculptures in her Perth workshop – or just chat to her at one of our many evening social events – when we talk and enjoy all things relating to Scottish Art and Culture, including good food, whisky and music: a perfectly interesting, friendly English language immersion course!
RP Yes, I’m recording, if it’s ok with you I’ll ask you a couple of questions. Can you tell me about the community involvement in this artwork?
JM I’ve got a plot here, so I’m back and forth. I’ve been in the Community Garden for years. At the very beginning, there were two lovely ladies called Sally and Rose, and they kept the whole place – then Sally got ill, then there was committee involvement and the whole thing stopped.
JM Exactly, I don’t know how you feel about them but the Community Garden just went to weeds,
RP And as soon as things start happening here, probably more people want to get involved and start helping.
JM That’s right. She also sent a wee video – a before and after to the Beechgrove Garden, and they’re coming in the summer, to film it.
JM Well Catriona will be – it’s nothing to do with me. But that is definitely happening.
RP Well your work will be. The sculptures will be definitely.
JM Well they’ve got these metal armatures, T-shapes, and one of the reasons we got the funding for them is because we said that when the willow dies off, the armatures will be there, and it’s an opportunity for other artists to maybe use the place.
RP I think it’s such a brilliant idea because people travel to see a sculpture trail.
RP Well there’s lots of Arts and Crafts practitioners, so we just need to attract people to the town for that reason, which is what we’re doing with Blue Noun as well, putting it on the map for that reason.
RP Can you tell me a little more about the leaves? Do you have different colours?
JM We got money from the BID for this, it’s from LEADER funding: they keep emailing asking for receipts.
“I absolutely love June’s willow arch. It’s the perfect way to welcome you into the garden! It’s fun, it’s intriguing and it’s interactive. The willow is grown in the community garden and June has truly brought it to life with this living breathing sculpture which passers by can weave into as they enter the garden. I hope it will encourage other local artists to get involved. The garden is a real asset to the community and I’m so pleased that Willow Works has chosen to showcase their art for all the community to enjoy”.
Blue Noun English Language Challenge
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Your Blue Noun English Language Challenge is: use the comments to tell us about a sculptor you admire.
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“Tell us about a sculptor you admire.“