Art On Your Doorstep – The Delivery Diaries – Art On Your Doorstep Makes A Festive Visit
Art On Your Doorstep – The Delivery Diaries
|Claire and Jo making a Christmas wreath|
Art On Your Doorstep Makes A Festive VisitThe snow is coming down thick and fast in Sessay as I join local artist Claire for visit to see local resident Jo Bond. This is her third visit to Jo’s home, as part of the Art On Your Doorstep, which is bringing art to rurally isolated elderly people in the Thirsk area. Today they’ve agreed to make Christmas wreaths, so there’s a real festive spirit in the air.
For the first session, Jo and Claire did decoupage, and since then Jo has made a number of gifts for her family. Last week, they made Christmas cards. With the wreath making session today, I comment that Jo has done well to get everything ready for Christmas. “It’s so much nicer to make things”, she replies.
|Bending the willow into a circular shape|
It’s hard work manipulating the willow (I tried, and I was useless!), but Jo is strong and makes light work of binding the branches with twine. “It’s like a workout!” laughs Claire. Slowly but surely, foliage is added, followed by berries, citrus fruits, pine cones and cinnamon sticks. The results are beautiful, and there for anyone passing through Sessay to see.
|The finished wreath hanging proudly on the door|