Eigg Resident’s Association and the West Highland College have joined forces to support a residency for sculptor and former Eigg resident Trevor Leat. During his residency in March 2014 Trevor will be undertaking a willow weaving course for the Eigg residents. This workshop is the first of many that we hope visiting artists at Sweeney’s Bothy can deliver, encouraging the sharing of any specific skills that might be of interest to the community on Eigg.
Blog entry by Trevor Leat:
Trevor Leat is one of the foremost creators of willow sculptures in the UK. Using traditional techniques combining beauty with functionality, Trevor Leat has been weaving willow to great effect for over 30 years. Although he creates baskets, garden furniture and even willow coffins, it is for his willow sculpture he is best known.
From lifesize animals and figures, through to giant willow sculptures spectacularly burned at festivals and events such as The Wickerman Festival, The Edinburgh Hogmanay Celebrations and The Burns Light Festival in Dumfries. Based in coastal Galloway, Southern Scotland, his work is exhibited widely in galleries, and seen by tens of thousands at festivals and events around the UK and beyond.