In June 2018 the huge limb of an old Ash tree, close by Lover’s Lane, fell in the wind
Much of the wood was cleared immediately and moved from the meadows to allow the hay to recover, but a stack of log rounds remained.
Fast forward to the start of this year when we first discussed a workshop with Shona and my thoughts went back to that old tree. The idea of a print made from the Muker Ash seemed perfect and so, a few weeks ago, and with the permission of William, I headed back to Lovers Lane with a wheelbarrow to retrieve a couple of rounds. Last week, having finally got the chain saw working, I sliced and sanded them in preparation for printing.
On Thursday as she dropped of her work for her Featured Artist spot, Shona collected the Ash, and just five days later sent through a photo of the first print!
If you’d like to know more about Shona’s work please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and remember that Shona will be in Muker on both the 14th and 21st April.
The Old School Muker is very pleased to welcome the work of Northumberland artist Shona Branigan. Shona creates prints directly from the wood, burning to raise the grain, brushing, sealing, inking and printing, to reveal the texture and detail in all its beauty.
If you love wood and enjoy (or want to learn) how to produce wonderful prints direct from the wood, this workshop will be for you. Shona will take you through the process of making the print, from burning the wood, through brushing, sealing and inking, then producing the print itself. Every small detail of the wood being re-produced creating a beautiful piece of artwork which you can take away with you. If you’d like to bring your own, favourite, piece of wood to print then it should be a slice of wood, 44x44cm or smaller, that you can carry and will sit on a table-top. Due to the hands-on nature of teaching places are limited so be sure to book early
Location: Muker Village Hall Places: 5 Price £50 Booking: email email@example.com
Recently featured on Countryfile, Shona is our featured print maker during April. Her wood prints are made from printing directly from the wood, burning it to raise the grain so everything you see in the print is the nature of the wood itself revealed in all its mystery and complexity.