So what has been happening since the beginning of May? Well a reasonable number of visitors came to my one open weekend this year; next year I plan on opening for both weekends. There was plenty of interest in my small models, and work related to the Time Travellers dig at Whirlow in June and July 2016. The sun even shone occasionally, so Dore is once again on the map.
Since then there has been much more interest in archaeology across Sheffield. Our Whirlow site archaeologist Clive Waddington gave a talk on the dig to a packed audience at King Ecgbert School in the spring and his full report is due out soon.
Mid May saw a Heritage Day featuring Whirlow Hall Farm through the Ages – a fun event but with a clear message to schools and all ages that history is worth exploring and sometimes surprisingly relevant to today.
My small models which began with an idea to develop the Dragonesque brooch in 3D have taken on a life of their own! All my work explores the connections between artefact, context and landscape and has infinite possibilities, The models are small, portable and tell of different viewpoints; imaginative, sometimes serious, conceptual or with a humorous twist. And of course, all my work is for sale.
If you are curious to know more then do drop in to my next Open Studio that I’ll be hosting this August with friends from the Time Traveller group, it will have a wider theme of the Iron Age and the Brigantes tribe of the north, and link art work with history, everyday life, medicine and religion. No charge, informal and to exchange ideas! From Friday 18th to Monday 21st August – 32 Townhead Road, Dore 11am – 5pm daily.