If it feels like I have had a carving chisel in my hand for 5 days then it is probably because I have, after attending 2 courses end on.
Friday to Sunday I was at a carving course led by Sharon Littley. The group is called ‘Splinters’ and meets for a weekend course 3 times a year. It is a wonderfully relaxed weekend, with great support, and a lovely group of people all keen to share and learn.
For this course I began a project to make a fuchsia. This is stage 1, to make the petals. It will take a while, but then wood carving is not a speed event.
And so on to the course on Monday and today, Tuesday. We were at Cambridge Botanical Gardens at a lino cutting and printing course run by Emma James. The course was up to Emma’s and the Botanical Garden’s usual high standards. We learnt new techniques in layering print processes and came away with print blocks and a pile of prints to spread around the room as they slowly dry.