Back in November and December Victoria was commissioned by CMPS Consult to create a spectacle for the Mistletoe Festival which takes place in the Worcestershire town of Tenbury Wells. This annual festival celebrates the town's long and colourful history with the local apple orchards and mistletoe harvest.
Victoria was asked to create a Willow Mistletoe Queen and festive star standards with the pupils of St Michaels International School and Tenbury Wells High School.
The festival culminated in a parade full of sparkling star standards carried by the dancers, poets, storytellers and musicians who had taken part in the day's activities. The real life Mistletoe Queen and Holly Prince (played by the Head Boy and Girl of the local high school) were led through this enchanting town by the newly created Willow Mistletoe Queen Sculpture who sparkled as she processed through the crowd covered streets.
Students of the Tenbury High Ormiston Academy and King’s College Saint Michael’s work together weaving the willow mistletoe queen for the Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Festival Procession.
Willow workshop at Tenbury Wells High Ormiston Academy with willow sculptor Victoria Westaway, creating the Mistletoe Queen willow sculpture for Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Festival
Proud students from King’s College Saint Michael’s School pose with the Mistletoe Queen willow sculpture they helped create during a willow workshop in Tenbury Wells.
The finished Mistletoe Queen Willow Sculpture ready to feature in the Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Festival Procession, flanked by junior willow artists from Tenbury High Ormiston Academy and King’s College Saint Michael’s International School.
Tenbury Wells Library willow workshop during the Mistletoe Festival. Two junior willow artists show off their willow stars assisted by mum.
Willow Sculptures at Tenbury Wells Library displayed during the Mistletoe Festival Willow Workshop consisting, Willow Deer, Willow Ducks, Willow Hearts and Willow Stars
Mistletoe Queen Willow Sculpture exhibited at Tenbury Library before the Mistletoe Festival Procession. Willow Sculptor Victoria Westaway on hand to make some final adjustments.
Willow Artist at work in the Tenbury Library during the Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Festival. Local artist Victoria Westaway making some final adjustments ready for the Mistletoe Queen and Holly Prince Tenbury Festival procession.
Farther Christmas arrives at the Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Festival Christmas Parade by horse drawn carriage.
The Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Queen Willow Sculpture is paraded along Tenbury Town Streets during the Mistletoe Festival procession.
Tenbury Wells, Mistletoe Queen, Willow Sculpture, Tenbury Town, Mistletoe Festival
The Tenbury Town Band entertain hundreds of spectators who line Tenbury Streets during the Mistletoe Festival Christmas Parade.
The Mistletoe Queen Willow Sculpture passes by the magnificent Royal Oak Pub in Market St, Tenbury Wells during the final stages of the Mistletoe Festival Procession.
The pupils worked over the course of one day to learn techniques and methods to create the Willow Mistletoe Queen. The project proved a great way to encourage cross school links as well as teach the children the process of using willow to create celebratory forms and shapes.