Manuscript illumination courses

Manuscript illumination courses

My March workshop at the Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln Castle, booked up so quickly that several new dates have been added – and several new workshops.             New Manuscript Illumination Course Dates. I will be running my introductory course on May 7th and September 17th. The booking link for the May workshop is here. The course is designed to be a ‘taster’ session, starting with the use of...

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Demonstration – Extracting Pigment from Rocks and Roots

Demonstration – Extracting Pigment from Rocks and Roots

Just a quick post to let you know that I’ll be doing a (potentially messy!) practical demonstration for the Fine Art Trade Guild on extracting pigment from rocks, roots and berries at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry in July – booking details are here if you fancy coming along. I’ve only got an hour, so there will be a limit as to what I can show, but I have some interesting rocks to break up (the lower one is...

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Fine Art Trade Guild ‘Making Pictures’

Fine Art Trade Guild ‘Making Pictures’

I’m delighted to have been asked to demonstrate traditional pigment extraction and paint making at the Fine Art Trade Guild ‘Making Pictures’ event in Coventry in July. It’s being held at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, so I’ll have to think carefully about which pigments to work with on the night. Anything which requires heating or which bubbles unpredictably is unlikely to be welcome! Still, that leaves me...

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How to gild an illuminated letter using gesso – a workshop

How to gild an illuminated letter using gesso – a workshop

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to gild and paint illuminated letters and medieval miniatures, deal with real gold leaf, make and use manuscript gesso (allowing you to have raised, burnished super-shiny areas of gold in your designs – you can see my reflection in the illuminated ‘K’ to the left) then this course is for you. I’m running a 2-day course in February – Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th February 2015 – at my...

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Spring manuscript illumination workshops

Spring manuscript illumination workshops

I thought I’d just give you a quick update on my latest manuscript workshops. The manuscript illumination ‘taster session’ at the Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln Castle, on March 7th is now fully booked. However, I’m running the same workshop at Longthorpe Tower in Peterborough on March 28th.  The tower is a surviving part of a 14th-century fortified manor house, and contains the finest set of medieval wall paintings in...

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1000 Years of Traditional Crafts

1000 Years of Traditional Crafts

I spent the weekend demonstrating at the wonderful ‘1000 Years of Traditional Crafts’ event, held in the grounds of Lincoln Castle. This is a gathering of craftspeople of all sorts – silversmiths, medieval dyers and tile makers, chair makers, weavers, stonemasons and stained glass artists, to name but a few! I was working on some medieval manuscript illumination and didn’t have any time to walk round and see the other...

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