Hareboretum

About the Hare

This year’s theme, Living Landscapes of the Cotswolds, immediately brought to mind the plethora of trees that help make this area so special. In the Cotswolds we are fortunate to have two superb arboretums on our doorstep: Westonbirt and Batsford. Both Gloucestershire arboretums are filled with a cornucopia of spectacular trees, shrubs and flora.
My husband, daughter and I have spent many enjoyable and peaceful mornings scrunching through the leaves and undergrowth at Westonbirt; we’ve collected pine cones, conkers and acer ...
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This year’s theme, Living Landscapes of the Cotswolds, immediately brought to mind the plethora of trees that help make this area so special. In the Cotswolds we are fortunate to have two superb arboretums on our doorstep: Westonbirt and Batsford. Both Gloucestershire arboretums are filled with a cornucopia of spectacular trees, shrubs and flora.

My husband, daughter and I have spent many enjoyable and peaceful mornings scrunching through the leaves and undergrowth at Westonbirt; we’ve collected pine cones, conkers and acer leaves. We love that you can walk under and amongst magnificent specimens from all over the globe and that each season brings new delights, colours and surprises. Each arboretum has its own unique mix of plants and attractions but what they both have in common are unrivalled collections of trees; it is this aspect that has inspired my design.

My simple, abstract design highlights the beauty and variety of leaf shapes and colours that you see throughout the year. I will be using a mix of iridescent, shiny and matte tiles (all frost, water and fade resistant) to represent the rich, beautiful hues that have greeted us each and every time we’ve walked along the paths and trails in the arboretums.

Artist

Annabel Lancaster

Artist Biography

My name is Annabel and I live in a small Wiltshire village with my ever-supportive husband and teenage daughter. Having worked in the banking industry and education sector, I now find myself in the enviable position of being able to indulge my love of making things and learning new crafts ...
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My name is Annabel and I live in a small Wiltshire village with my ever-supportive husband and teenage daughter. Having worked in the banking industry and education sector, I now find myself in the enviable position of being able to indulge my love of making things and learning new crafts on a full-time basis.

I love creating bright, colourful, simple pieces out of different media. I enjoy the process of wet felting and have been a member of Malmesbury Felt Group for about three years. A couple of years ago I was introduced to the art of mosaic making by a friend and I was hooked. I love creating rainbow-coloured mosaics using not just the usual ceramic and glass tiles but also using small plastic bricks, buttons and beads.

Last year I took part in the hare trail by helping a fellow mosaic artist decorate Malmesbury’s  Queenie the Hilltop Hare. This year I decided that I would like to try to be a part of the trail again; but this time with my own design and hare, and so I was thrilled when my idea for Hare-boretum was chosen. I am looking forward to being a small part of this wonderful project and seeing all the other fabulous hares.