25 July 2017

Drawing Tuesday - Southwark Cathedral

The weather was good, so some of us stayed outside. I found an unappealing view of largely unappealing buildings and decided to have a go anyway -
Cheesegrater and Walkietalkie take centre stage

Bamboo pen and india ink on top; felt pen beneath
 The bronze lettering ran along the parapet, attached to the stone - but the colon had fallen off. I looked carefully at the letter forms and their spacing, but looking is quite a different thing to freehand drawing! The numbers come from memorials inside the cathedral.
 The real thing -

Sue's statue -
There's not information about the piece nearby. An image search finds that it could be a Roman - or Greek - warrior, or Minerva - indeed Minerva it is, by Alan Collins - he also has work at Guildford Cathedral.

Carol found several items of interest, including the shoes of Edward Stuart Talbot (bishop of Southward 1905-11) -
Judith's courtyard scene -
Jo's door, carefully fitted to match the masonry -
Najlaa found intriguing "trail marks" in the garden - they represent paths travelled through life -
They are part of the memorial to Mahomet Weyonomon, a chief of the Mohegan tribe in Conneticut who had come to London in the 18th century to achieve justice for his people but died of smallpox and was buried in unconsecrated ground. This "domed medallion" (or sculpture; drawn by Sue) is linked with him - it symbolises the spiritual force that flows through all things.
Janet captures the interior of the church -
Joyce's stained glass window, from afar -

Extracurricular activities

Sections of a monoprint - the ones with "bird shapes" and other nature - selected and sewn together by Joyce -
Another piece Joyce made in a Pauline Burbidge workshop - quilting first and printing after -
Sue's Norwegian clouds -
Judith has been making intriguing stackable sculptures -

Carol is continuing with stories of the adventures of Duck, Tiger and Giraffe, based on events in the life of her grandsone -
Najlaa has been wrestling with bargello patchwork -
And Janet has been quilting, but it's a bit of a secret just yet -


some of us went to Intaglio Printmakers, in Playhouse Court off Southwark Bridge Road
Its basement premises is filled with desirable, enticing supplies -
On the way to the tube we saw some of the minor wonders in the area, including the Hop Exchange and, across the street from it, this wonderful facade -
Southwark was the epicentre of the hop trade in the 1860s.

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