Birch: Lanterns of gratitude

Saturday 18th December: 11am & 2pm (workshops) / approx. 5pm (installation)

2 hours long (workshops)

We are celebrating the eve of Winter Solstice at Birch with a special Birch community event centred around light, hope and gratitude.

To mark this occasion, we have invited sustainable artist and maker Julia Clarke to host two free-to-attend natural lantern making workshops this Saturday, in which you will be able to make a 3D star lantern made from buff willow and recycled tissue paper, and then personalise them with hand written notes. 

These workshops are the central focus of our Lanterns of Gratitude day, which will culminate in all the lanterns being hung on the trees of our Rear Lawn in the early evening to create a visual spectacle that aims to bring light and hope in the peak of winter.

Julia Clarke works with willow, cane, thread and ceramics. She states that her work comes from a place of having to make, ‘’like breathing I’ve always needed to make…be tactile, touch, and create in 3D”. She has always been fascinated by scale, natural forms, voids, vessels, the spaces between things. Making connects her to others, helps her interact and feel purposeful. She wants to make sculpture and craft accessible to all, and believes it can really help people connect and be inspired.

Need to know

1. We encourage and welcome all our community and guests to join in and make a lantern, although we limited to 20 spaces per group so booking a space (FREE) is essential.

2. We ask that everyone hangs their lantern on a tree in the Rear Lawn at Birch and that they stay there for the rest of the weekend or longer. If you are a guest leaving on Sunday or Monday, you are welcome to take your lantern home with you then. All remaining lanterns will stay in situ until we break for Christmas.

3. We will not be releasing these lanterns into the sky.


FREE / person (Booking space still required)