Artist and friend Peter Reeds spent the morning with us at the Royal Engineers museum. We all go back a long way and I couldn’t resist adding these photos from 2007 of Peter and I as models. I wonder where Zara Carpenter was that day? Peter will be guiding us over the next couple of weeks, armed with canvas, paint and brushes. There’s going to be some serious splashing going on, just don’t tell Rebecca and Ross!
As for today we worked with clay. One of Brian’s many ideas is to show a bale of broken, twisted barbed wire. None of us have ever made barbed wire, let alone in clay so it was all hands to the sausages and working out how to roll, twist and manipulate the barbs. Our experiments are now drying out in Sarah Crouch’s studio and fingers crossed they survive their kiln firing. Most asked question of the morning, “where’s Rebecca?”. Rebecca we missed you.
Did I mention the visitors? Peter was followed by Lyndsey Thompson, Arts & Heritage Officer at Gravesham Council. Lyndsey was followed by 2nd year student Charlotte Harding, from the University of Kent’s Event & Experience Design degree. Swiftly followed by Maureen, another one of us volunteers who we haven’t seen for a while and it was a lovely surprise to see her. Kathy, a potential new art group member came to check us out. And our final visitor was artist Kate Linforth. Kate, with Michelle Lees and Rochester Cathedral, has invited us to take part in her Ideas Test funded project ‘Hive’ and draw into beeswax tiles. Kate shared her beautiful tactile work with us and talked about her art. We’ve not met Kate before so it was spooky, in a good way, to hear her quote the words I’d written the day before. Like minds? Very! We’re looking forward to meeting up again in May and I’ll be telling you all about it.
To end my long ramble I’d like to share Charlotte’s comment on the morning
“this is such a warm environment to be in, learning and laughing at the same time”.
Photos by Wendy Daws
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