Amazing engagement using artwork
It’s always exciting when we hear of projects that use different methods to engage and inspire people to care for our woodlands and the environment. Recently is the turn of SE Super Campaigner volunteer, Daisy Buckle, who is part of the national network of volunteers who support our campaigning work in various ways – be it online or through other means in their local communities.
Currently completing a Masters degree at London’s Royal College of Art, Daisy is setting up for her final show this month and her final project aims to use design to engage people with nature, woodlands and caring about forests and trees. She hopes that in the future she can work with organisations and schools to use art activities and installations to draw people into the landscape and connect them with it in fun and innovative ways.
Daisy says: ‘Sometimes people can be overwhelmed by the trials that nature faces nowadays and try to shut this out. My work uses traditional skills such as willow weaving, and new practices involving lighting and sculpture, to connect people to places. This may be places they have never been but which they are able to see the importance of and see how their impact on the planet can be a positive one.
With this work, I hope to evoke a sense of belonging and calm – the way I feel when I am out in the woodland – but also curiosity and intrigue as children play amongst the forms or adults revert to ‘childlike’ behaviours they would once have performed freely. I aim to show nature in a way that makes people care, act and stand up for it’.
We are sure you will agree that the pieces are beautiful and we wish Daisy every success with her project. Please note that Daisy’s exhibition is also open to visitors so please do let me know if you would like further details on how to attend.
Thank you so much for all that you do for the Woodland Trust and to all our volunteers!
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Pics: Daisy Buckle