Belper Bronze Sphere: The Making of
- Performing & Visual Arts
- St John's Chapel, DE56 1HX Belper
During this course you will be introduced to weaving with willow to create your very own Allium Sculpture to take home with you.
You will be using freshly soaked Black Maul willow and applying it in a spherical weaving pattern in the style of Rachel Carter's own sculptural work. Once finished it will be attached onto a steel rod to complete the Allium sculpture.
The workshop takes place within Rachel's own studio on the Welbeck Estate, whilst there why not visit the Limehouse Cafe for lunch, look around the Harley gallery and perhaps pop in the farm shop and treat yourself to delicious foods grown or prepared on the estate.
All tools and materials will be provided, just bring a packed lunch.
Rachel Carter creates woven sculptural pieces using resistant materials such as Cast Bronze and Copper. Trained at The University of Derby in Applied Arts, she mixes her love of art and design with her passion for the environment. Inspiration for her work comes from geometric patterns foundin flowers and plants and the English countryside. Nature creates beautiful fluid shapes and these find their way into Rachel's sculptures.
Every piece is hand worked by Rachel using a range of weaving techniques from Crochet to Basketry to Macrame, combined with Rachel's trademark swirl weave to create sculptures using one material in a continuous length.
Weaving requires a process of reflective practice, using a range of hand weaving techniques to discover the correct process to produce the most effective results with each chosen material. This practice ensures that every creation is a unique, one-off piece that can only be woven by Rachel.
Her career began using mild steel combined with willow to create large sculptures with her most widely known sculpture The Willow Grand Sphere has been exhibited widely including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Kyiv Botanical Gardens. Although Rachel no longer works in willow, the techniques and processes developed with this material has transferred to other more resistant materials.
In 2013 Rachel became the first artist to weave in wax to create Bronze sculptures using the Direct Lost Wax Method and her Bronze Sphere now sits within the World Heritage Site, The Derwent Valley. Since then Rachel has been developing the wax weaving technique further to create new fluid shapes.
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