A collaboration of Stephen Stockbridge and Jo Gibbs to a create new form of workshop at Creative Nature HQ. Through a recent collaboration and a collective love for mark making on wood using fire, Jo and Stephen have focused in on a new way of using wood.
There are many ways that fire can be used in sculpture, such as in Japanese tradition with Yakisugi; using a large fire to char the outer surface in order to not only treat, but to make a beautiful charcoal black. By slightly charring the surface of the wood without combusting the whole piece, the wood becomes water-proof through the carbonisation and is thus more durable. It also protects against insects. See below the large piece of oak that has been hand carved to form a meditation seat designed to be grounding because of the deep oak. It has been charred to make a beautiful grounding seat. These will soon to be on our shop to be made on commission.
Now they are getting involved in Pyrography. A fantastic method of using heat to burn dark marks into sheets of wood. Using pieces of wood that would often be thrown out, they are able to create beautiful fruits and other natural wonders! Not only are they marked with fire, but then are stained using enamel varnishes to create an amazing effect.
Soon they will have amazing workshops running here in Creative Nature HQ where you will be able to explore colour and pattern, mark making and natural materials. Come create your own fruit and give them as gifts or keep for your own house :). These creations can be seen as symbols of abundance and the joys of this earth. They can be used for decoration for times of celebration, festival or ritual.
Keep your eyes posted on the events page for the new workshops!