Some of the most memorable days during our trip to the UK earlier this summer were spent with exceptional willow weaver Mel Bastier of Out to Learn Willow. Mel is an extremely creative and talented weaver who has made it her mission to spread the word about willow throughout her home country of Wales. Living willow, basketry, willow sculpture, hurdles, willow structures and coffins keep her busy all year. She holds classes and workshops for private groups, schools and community organizations. Mel has been featured in magazines and blogs and she has worked on some high profile projects including the Coronation Arches, six massive willow arches forming a 30ft walkway marking each of the six decades the Queen has remained on the throne.
Our classes with Mel were held at her home in Ogmore by Sea, with beautiful views of the ocean right outside her door. We felt immediately at home with Mel and her family were wonderful hosts for the week.