Tag Archive: alchemy

The ancient art of smelting iron

Last week, in the company of four other participants, I attended a very special workshop at Bushfire Forge, run by master bladesmith Owen Bush. Owen researches and practices historical techniques of bladesmithing, creating… Continue reading

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A review of Central Saint Martin’s Degree Show One 2014

It is the season of degree shows, and Central Saint Martin’s Show One, featuring students graduating from the Fine Art courses, is currently open to the public until the 27th May.  Having graduated… Continue reading

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More than the Colour Red at Visions of Enchantment, Cambridge University

On the 17th March I gave a paper called More than the Colour Red: The unspoken symbolism of cinnabar pigment in Indian painting at a fascinating conference hosted at the University of Cambridge,… Continue reading

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The Colour Red

My Name is Red is a novel by the celebrated Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk. It is a memorable read – a beautifully constructed ‘whodunnit’ set in the visionary world of the miniature painters… Continue reading

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The Alchemy of Pure Gold Pigment

I spent the weekend in my Woburn Walk studio making another batch of 24 carat gold pigment. It was used historically by painters and illuminators both in the Western world and in the… Continue reading

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