A belated Happy Christmas to everyone - I hope you have all recovered from the festivities and ready to see the new year in!
Since it's that strange in between stage where nobody knows what day of the week it is, I thought I'd take the opportunity to look back at what has turned out to be quite a busy 2017!
Spreading the word...
Having been invited to donate some of my carvings for The Georgian Group's 'Splendour' exhibition, I was asked to be interviewed for a short film that would be on loop during the exhibition. I'm horrified to realise this was almost a year ago now, (filming happened in January) and was equally horrified when I walked in to the Georgian Group building to hear my voice being broadcast down the corridor! Still- all good advertising and it helps people to realise that woodcarving is alive and kicking in this country.
A crafty week in London
In collaboration with the Prince's Foundation, I ran two workshops during London Craft Week. If you missed it this year, I will be running the same again in 2018.
A visit from the BBC
Ok I was only featured for 1.5 seconds but Patricia Lovett from the Heritage Crafts Association did a fine job of defending our traditional crafts with my workshop as a background.
Woodcarving Magazine Interview
Back in the summer I was interviewed for this article in Woodcarving Magazine and since then I've had a so many lovely and supportive comments from readers and hopefully made people see that my generation are very much interested in keeping traditional crafts alive!
Southern Fellowship of Wood Workers
As a direct result of the article in Woodcarvers magazine, I was asked to present at the SFWW's AGM and talk about how I became a woodcarver and do a short demonstration of some lettering. I was the only female speaker they'd ever had and ( I think it's safe to say) one of the youngest!
A few highlights from this year, sprinkled liberally with a lot of lettering in between!
And so to 2018...
There's plenty already lined up for next year. As I've already mentioned, I will be returning to London Craft Week, running two workshops where you can have a go at some letter carving. I've also begun private tuition this year, with my current student well on the way to creating the Ferrari logo that is his current end goal. I will be adding further information on private tuition workshops shortly so check back in the new year if you're interested or by all means drop me an email.
Already in the pipe line is a new cover for a church font which has been struggling to get through the red tape of approval for the last year but has finally been given the go ahead! Newel posts, a bat sculpture and lots of lettering is all ready to go and after a fantastic break visiting family I can't wait to get chipping away again!