I had the amazing opportunity to lead a stamp making class at Haliburton Art Collage in Canada in May of 2016. I collaborated with Terrence Clark to design an sculptural wall hanging that could be made in two days by a mixture of professional, semi-professional and amateur blacksmiths. Everybody had their own 4mm thick plate to work on that made up part of the bigger picture. Each person made a fish stamp of varying complexity to pattern their plate. The only rules were, the stamp had to be fish, however abstract, and they all needed to swim in the right direction. There were also 48 little tabs and 8 hooped clips to make so Terrence instructed a few willing hands to make them along with the construction of the top rail.
It felt very moving seeing the whole piece together because it was everything I had hoped it would be. No two fish were alike and everyones creativaty shon through.
Everyone had a great time and loved every minute of it. I left felling excited on the possibilities of what else could be achieved creating hanging tapestries of steel.
I would like to give a special thank you to Sandra Dunn, a wonderful blacksmith out in Canada that organised this great event.
Thank you Sandra !!