Ok.. Well what a wonderful time was had! From the very beginning I was in for a treat & apart from the fact that I had to go without my littles & that ripped up my environmental credentials by flying there, it was perfect.
The weather leaving was wonderful & I’ve never actually flown that way over our amazing country before- flying over the Welsh valleys then over the snow dusted mountains was almost poetic in its beauty. It only took 1 hour to get there so the sun was still shining when I was picked up by one of my dearest friends from Huddersfield station to spend a inspiring afternoon hanging out in his photography studio looking at the work he’s been producing as well as the funny little curiosities that live there. Andrew Sanderson (Sandy) has to be one of the most amazing photographers out there, his work is consistently brilliant & he never fails to produce something I want on my wall AT ONCE! & I’m delighted that he is at last considering getting some of his hand printed wonders turned into a digital print making them slightly more affordable for some of us with fewer pennies, you can see some of his work on his website http://www.andrewsanderson.com/ & I’m sure he would appreciate any feedback of you have of favourites to help in his decision making, I’m going to stick some of mine below.
Then to their house for a welcome cuppa & time happily spent with his o.h. another very good friend- one of the all time best actually. I know it’s not fair some families get all the luck but Bee otherwise known as Debbie George is equally talented as a painter, you can see her work on her FB page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Debbie-George-Painter/425265450897690 AND is as inspiring (voted funniest person they know by my children)Many hours have been spent with this amazing couple this weekend leaving me feeling refreshed & fully laughed out!! AND if that’s not enough I got to actually stay with my amazing in laws who without doubt have one of the most inspiring homes ever. I’m feeling very lucky.
But on to the course itself! I was quite determined from the off that I was there to learn about wood-engraving from one of the best & felt I needed to be careful to avoid the fame aspect of being taught by someone who has become quite so well known. I’m sure you will have all heard of Angie Lewin & most of you will have seen some of her work but I didn’t really know much more than that about her but I was delighted to find that she is as warm & kind as you would imagine from her artworks & extremely generous with her time & expertise. She started us from the very beginning learning about how to hold the tools, some of their funny names & how to make effective marks with them. We worked on little tester blocks first (see oak leaf) then got to draw a design having walked the park & have a go on a proper wood block. I quite typically raced ahead so I got to have another go on the sunday & worked on a large rocking horse based on a sculpture in the park http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/marcia-farquhar It was great to have time to try some repeat prints & different papers.
I really did learn so much from this this weekend. There will be some- very limited edition prints for sale so let me know quickly if you would like one.
I also enjoyed making some new friends, (thank you to the lovely Lou, the workshop helper from the YSP for this gift to treasure) enjoying time with old ones & I SO enjoyed learning something new & so special.
Angie showed us around her exhibition at the end which was extremely kind (& gave us all a little gift) & while I didn’t get to bring my favourite print of hers in the exhibition home with me (The Yellow Cup) I got to bring home something just as appreciated- a new skill to enjoy & laughter aching sides 🙂