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There is a sense of peace when you sit inside one of Two Circles Designs’ sculptures by Mark and Rebecca Ford. Created from coppiced willow, sweet chestnut and hazel with not one stitch of man-made fixings, these woven structures undulate and flow in purely natural, organic forms. Strong, yet intricate, the rods bend, coil and twist, in a myriad of patterns and swirls that cast web-like shadows against the ground. There is a feeling of enclosure and safeness within these constructed spaces, yet they are light and airy and the sky can still be seen beyond. They have a universal quality about them, the swirls and twirls could at any time be entangled trees, spider’s webs or the veins that course through our bodies. This approach essentially reminds us all of our innate connection to the natural world. (Etc Magazine March 2011)
Jo Webbern, Head of pre prep, Dunnanie, Bedales
“ This really was a whole school effort, driven by the ideas of the children and supported by the teachers and Two Circles Design. The children took ownership of the project and were incredibly proud when it was finished. The sculpture is in many ways symbolic of our teaching approach at Dunnanie, developing inquisitive and independent learners. Mark and Rebecca Ford came to the school to help pupils plan how they were going to use willow to recreate their designs and identify dimensions and quantities.”
Regis School, Bognor Regis, Caroline Saunders, Assistant Vice Principle and Andrea Coleman, Head of inclusion Faculty.
‘Creating the willow dome has been an amazing project, not only involving year 6 children and their parents, but also year 10 students. An ideal way of helping young people understand the meaning of sustainability”
Mrs Cluff, Head of Art and Design, Bourne Community College, Southbourne
“Year 10 GCSE Art and Design students worked alongside Sussex based artists Mark and Rebecca Ford of Two Circles Design to create a sculpture installation. Students created 3d artworks responding to the theme of microscopic and natural forms. The two-day workshop introduced students to varied techniques and an exploration of woven forms using natural materials. The sculpture, woven around an existing pillar, expands out across the ceiling with student’s artwork suspended from and woven into the tree life form, bold and beautiful”
Sally Milligan, Apuldram Centre, Apuldram, nr Chichester
“The Apuldram Centre worked for three days with artists, Mark and Rebecca Ford to create an amazing willow sculpture. The Apuldram Centre is a centre for adults with learning disabilities. Mark and Rebecca went through all the processes involved by taking clients to coppice material and then designing and realising their design. A wonderful project’
Jane Walters, Head mistress, Slindon Cof E School.
“Mark and Rebecca are a very professional team, who are skilled willow weavers who also know how to engage children; explaining to them so they can understand clearly. They always engage the children in learning and furthering their understanding. Mark and Rebecca have worked with us regularly and our extremely supportive of our school community”.
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