Rosemary Kavanagh

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Subject(s):
Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Life, society, work and culture in the past (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science)
Counties catered for:
Cork, Kerry, Limerick
Classes catered for:
All Classes

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With over 10 years of experience in willow basket making, heritage arts, growing gardens, and telling stories—Rosemary helps connect children to the richness of the soil under our feet in a fun and interactive way and through many different mediums.

Setting up, planting, and/or tending an organic school garden of medicinal and culinary herbs, flowers, dye plants, and vegetables. Naturally supports insect wildlife and diversity.

Immersing ourselves in playful and informative mythological stories and folklore to support creativity, imagination and insight—best if combined with some hands on art craft afterwards for the children to integrate and reflect upon the stories.

Learn about the history, techniques, and ways of this ancient coppice craft through an interactive presentation. After which students can weave their own willow fish, star or other small project.

Over the course of multiple visits we will weave a living willow structure that can be included in a children’s play area outside. This project yields well to including multiple class and even the whole school—the children will get to learn about coppice crafts, botany, and weaving while using their hands to help co-create a living willow structure.

We can use the medium of sheep wools, nettles or dried dandelion stems to make our very own fibre through spinning or cordage making. This can be included as a multiple-day visit to naturally dye our hand-spun wool yarn and learn about the amazing dying properties of plants.

In this interactive presentation, Rosemary brings a wide variety of baskets made from native materials, handmade leather tanned traditionally with bark, handspun wool, and naturally dyed fibres to give the children a taster about the richness of our heritage arts. Telling stories about each of the crafts and helping bring the magic to life through the examples.

Testimonials

  • "Pupils enjoyed learning about basketry. They especially enjoyed creating their own fish." - Castledonovan NS, Cork

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Caters for special needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

Mobile:
089 258 3226
Email:
belongingtothewillows@gmail.com