28/6/18 brought our first ever official GTP music event. At the home of English folk dance and song, (EFDSS, the English Folk Dance and Song Society) Cecil Sharp House went very well indeed ! It supported our simultaneous exhibition THE GOLDEN THREAD PROJECT UK-USA (read about that here).
Busy workshops included-
Stephen Fowler: Rubber Stamp Broadside Printing Workshop
Broadside Ballads were published during the sixteenth and up to the nineteenth centuries. They were a single sheet of printed matter consisting of type and woodcut images. This popular print format explored all manner of subject matter including love, religion, drinking-songs, legends, and current events of the day such as disasters, political events and signs, wonders and prodigies.
During Fowler's workshop attendees had the chance of a number of printed ballads to illustrate through the technique of hand carved rubber stamp print. By the end of the workshop all participants were able to go home with an edition of the group’s broadside ballads.
Harriet Vine: Jewellery Making Workshop
Harriet Vine, creative director and co-founder of Tatty Devine, ran a jewellery making workshop to celebrate The Golden Thread Project. Turning lyrics and imagery from favourite songs into brooches and necklaces made from laser cut wood and leather, incorporating print and painting to make your favourite music into a wearable conversation piece.
Desdemona McCannons: Pilgrim Badge Workshop
For this workshop we first thought of places that are a significant destination for us as a starting point. Then designed and made a cloth patch or badge (to be attached to a bag or item of clothing) using applique and simple printmaking and embroidery techniques.
MURRI music nite!
Despite competing with a key world cup match fixture, a very hearty and healthy crowd REALLY enjoyed the GTP Murri music nite, in all its beauty (Lisa Knapp), twangy twiddly bluesy goodness (Drew Webster), corvid whimsy (The Crow /Nick White) and crazed glory (Orson Coupland and Jim Stoten, aka Jam Bank)!The evening finished off with appalachian style clog dancing from Jake Jones and Dan Eccles with violinist Goode. They proceeded to galvanise the crowd to dance as if they were St Vitus himself.