Below you can find some information about some of the individual craftspeople and artists who will be at the Careers Forum on Friday 16th October. Further information and details on how to book can be found here.
WAYNE OSBORNE Signwriter
From Midhurst in West Sussex, UK.
I have been painting and signwriting since the age of 15. I learnt the trade from a master is the early years but was then self-taught. This year sees the 22nd Anniversary of Osborne Signs. I love all traditional sign work but have a special focus on Gold Leafing and Pictorials. I run workshops from my studio in Sussex and help with courses run by local heritage venues, colleges and craft schools.
Sculptor / Maker
Since graduating from Chichester University in 2011 with a Fine Art Degree, I took the opportunity to explore my interest in historic crafts through volunteering at the Weald and Downland museum. This allowed me to develop the skills to practically apply my creativity and has lead to a rich and varied working life.
I now work part-time at the Weald and Dowland museum, mainly with the museum’s Rural Life Interpreter getting involved in a number of fascinating crafts and skills including coppicing, hedge-laying, faggot, pimp, charcoal and wooden rake making. I currently run my own Glamping business. Started from scratch, this included making two of my own Mongolian style Yurts and renovating a Bowtop Gypsy Wagon. I have also continued my sculpting career taking a particular interest in wood carving on a life-size scale, producing pieces for exhibitions including Guildford Cathedral in November 2013.
Stonemason – Conservator.
I am a stonemason who first learnt my craft at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum in the 1980s, first as a school boy helping out on site and then as an unpaid trainee. Salisbury Cathedral then beckoned and nearly 30 years on I haven’t looked back! My business, Minerva Stone Conservation ltd works around the South West on Cathedrals, Abbeys, and Churches. The Georgian city of Bath keeps us busy. Currently we are working on the Royal Crescent. I am a SPAB William Morris Craft Fellow.
Illustrator, Landscape Painter and War Artist
I trained at Farnham School of Art 1961 – 67
Graphic Designer in Print and Plastics Industry 1968 – 71
From 1972 – 90 I formed my own design group specialising in Agrochemical, Pharmaceutical and Marine Industries.
I’ve been exhibiting paintings since 1975, represented by major galleries in UK and USA
War Artist attached to Royal Marines and Dutch Marines 1996 – 2008
Paintings exhibited in Tate Britain, Imperial War Museum, Palace of Westminster and Mariniers Museum Rotterdam
Works in collections of Royal Archive, National Library of Wales, House of Lords, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Special Forces, Japanese Government and Netherlands Government
In 2013 I formed Champaign Publishing.
Two books published – ‘The Road to Kandahar’ and ‘Window on the Weald’
Works reproduced as limited edition prints and greetings cards.
Independent Woods Worker
My interests are in trees, woodlands, timber and traditional methods of working to produce furniture and musical instruments. I’m involved in ancient woodland management to provide a source of natural raw materials from which are made all manner of distinctive and thought-provoking works. The Surrey Hills Wood Works is a purpose-built teaching barn located in Bramley where students are encouraged to gather an understanding between the importance in informed woodland management to provide wildlife habitat potential and a perpetual timber crop. This is used to explore the processes of traditional woodwork using simple tools including drawknives and pole lathes. I also teach introduction to Chair Making courses are held at the Weald and Downland Museum.
A range of musical instruments are created from locally sourced suitable hardwoods has led to specific interest in making and playing Hammer Dulcimers and Bowed Psalteries. The instruments are made to-commission, and acoustic musical bookings are undertaken for weddings, corporate and other occasions, often accompanied by harp-maker and player Kathryn Young.
I have undertaken various relevant qualifications in City & Guilds Bench Joinery (Guildford), specialising in short courses in Musical Instrument Making and Chair Making at West Dean (Sussex).
Studying Practical Habitat Management and Estate Skills at Merrist Wood (Guildford) led on to Post Graduate studies in Environmental Conservation at Birkbeck University, London.
My exhibitions are mostly where work is commissioned and sold, venues include Godalming Museum, National Trust Clandon Park, National Trust Leith Hill Place, Birtley Sculpture Garden, High Clandon Vineyard and Hatfield Living Crafts.
The Weald and Downland Museum’s Windlesham Carpenters Workshop is brought to life with various wood projects during the week, and I frequently play music round the Museum on Show weekends.
Green Wood Works
I have been researching historical uses of herbs for over 40 years and written articles for publications both here and in Canada and America. My continued deep and practical research on medieval and Tudor medicine has provided original recipes for many historical herb workshops and presentations at a number of museums around the country for almost 20 years. These have covered from the pre-Roman period in Britain looking at early use of native herbs through to Victorian.
I’ve grown more than 300 herbs for over 30 years and my former third of an acre herb garden in Hampshire was featured on television on a number of occasions. In 2004 I qualified with a B.Sc in Phytotherapy and has practised as a medical herbalist in Hampshire and Wiltshire since.
My herbal practice has encouraged a growing enthusiasm for work in preventive medicine through herbs, diet and lifestyle. This has led to writing both Interactive and Essentials courses on Ageing Successfully . Currently I am writing a book on Medicinal Trees.
Stained glass artist
I began in stained glass in 2000 as a hobby and during the following six years it was both a hobby and (once a website was up and running) a part-time business. I decided to go full-time in 2006 – just before the recession hit. Being in a niche market during a recession has its challenges, and the market has changed over the last 9 years with the financial middle disappearing completely. The work I do is varied and interesting as I predominantly works in the domestic market; I prefers this as it offers more variety in the commissions I accept. Also I restore stained glass around the country in all types and ages of buildings from 12th century cottages to 20th century churches. I specialise in Dalle de Verre, an almost defunct 20th century type of stained glass.
ANDREW SMITH Stonemason For the past 2 years I have been training as a stonemason at Weymouth College based in the Dorset Skills Centre at Poundbury in Dorchester . Having moved from Ipswich Suffolk, where I originally trained as a schoolteacher, I worked last year for Corbel Conservation on Moule House, a Georgian town house in Dorchester. I am now employed as a banker mason for Lovells Stone Group in Langton Matravers in the Purbeck region of South East Dorset. My particular interest in stone carving has led me to participate recently in the European Stone Carving Festival in Strasbourg.
Glazier, Stained glass worker
Woodsman, Bodger & Scythesman
I’ve always enjoyed working on the land and regularly worked as a conservation volunteer. When I needed to change carrer and wanting to work outside and on the land I became a self employed woodsman, greenwood worker and more recently scythesman in 2005 after many years working in industry as an engineer.
I work regularly with volunteer groups and conservation organisations on heathland and woodland sites on a range of environmental and conservation tasks. I manage the conservation work on a 300 acre mixed lowland heath and woodland site near Haslemere and during the winter I work as a woodsman managing the trees and woodland areas.
During the summer months I work as a greenwood worker making a range of greenwood craft products including polelathe turning, charcoal making and hay rake making. I also teach polelathe turning, rake making and besom broom making.
I am also involved in the management of traditional wild flower meadows and demonstrate and teach mowing with a scythe, an ancient tool which is now experiencing revival as an effective tool for working on conservation meadows.
I am a professional artist and tutor working in Chichester. I have a degree in Illustration from Harrow College in London, where I specialised in printmaking.
I teach regular print workshops and classes (some of which are held at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum), and organise the Printmakers’ Exhibition held annually in the Oxmarket Centre of Arts, Chichester.
Much of my artwork is inspired by rural life and history, and the landscape of the Weald & Downland. My practice in woodcut and lino-cut printing is particularly sympathetic to this traditional subject matter. I print with an old Cropper Charlton proofing press, a cast iron nipping press, and by hand.