More Big News. I’ve met up with Anne Tynte Irvine and spent some time with her pear tree from the pear walk established by Mary of Guise in St Andrews. I did some bark rubbings and gathered a few twigs. I have an invite to go back and sound record in her beautiful garden and see the tree at different seasons. It still bears fruit – which seems extraordinary.
Pear tree dating back to the time of Mary Queen of Scots’ mother
bark rubbing of the pear tree
As I seem to have ‘lost’ some weeks, I think at Christmas, so here is some sketchbook pages of a lovely poppy that flowered earlier this summer.
I did a workshop with Merlin Planterose – Playing with Silver. I designed and prototyped a piece using stones I bought in Pisa. I’ll post a photo when the piece is finished. We did some sketchbook work too.
I finished the piece of repousse that I started last term, not very brilliant, but I learnt a lot. I also had a sketching trip to Pittenweem harbour
1st repousse sample
reverse of sample
boats at Pittenweem
sketch book – boats
I did some work on my Isle of May project, so I can put up some of Axel’s photos of the island. I even found an interview with a survivor of the battle. It is interesting how every report is different; and apparently how little impact the battle had on survivors.
I did some sketching of tulip petals too.
Spent a great day in the workshop today – milling, hole punching, drilling holes and using the pendant drill for textures. Aluminium is fabulous for textures. Today’s tip – get a small (A5) notebook with large ring wire binding and remove the wire. Use 2 large diameter binder rings through the holes. Then you can stick in lots of metal samples without it going all bulgy on you.