In Brighton for my usual sojourn with Dingo. After a couple of weeks I went to the lovely West Dean to take a course with Robert Ebendorf.
The college building itself was amazing: the country seat of the classic English eccentric, Edward James, friend of Salvador Dali and one of the leading lights of the British surrealists. The interior of the house has absolutely loads of artworks, from Chagall to Dali himself. Superb food as well! Working with Bob was incredible. It was so brilliant to be encouraged to properly think outside my comfort zone and then to be able to discuss it with peers:
Everyone on the course was SO supportive and lovely to work with.
Here are the pieces I produced in the five days:
With which I am very pleased. The bangle (far right) and the lens pendant (second from the left) are not too brilliant, but the rest are much more interesting as diversions from my usual work. What drove me forwards with these pieces was that they are entirely constructed without soldering.
As soon as that was over, I came back to Brighton to head off again for our holiday in Norfolk (avoiding the ghastly spectacle of "gay pride" in Brighton). More on that tomorrow.