So what do artists do at the weekend? Well I have just had a busman's holiday at Hope and Elvis, near Nottingham learning how to solder with the very generous Di 'Tinker' Foster.
Di assembles art treasure and with
the magic of soldering
creates extraordinary objects packed with memories and symbolism.
The studio known as Hope and Elvis hosts fascinating and inspiring workshops,
organised by the lovely Louise Presley (on the left).
Here I am hanging on every word as Di shows us how to solder.
With my collection of bits poised to make treasure boxes and charms,
we all made several pieces to take home
giving us lots of soldering practice.
When not soldering or eating Tunnocks Tea Cakes there were lots of inspiring things to look at.
Pieces by Julie Arkel and
Even examples of my latest passion, budgies...more about that later.
After 2 days I had a set of things I am happy to take home and a new skill into the bargain. For more examples of this creative weekend check out the Hope and Elvis Facebook page
Meanwhile back in the shed I made a few more labels for
the up and coming Select Showcase, now only 2 weeks away.
the yard:ARTspace for a quiet bit of teaching this week I think.