Exploring Coats of Arms

When i’m not studying National Heritage and History I moonlight as a storyteller and one half of a writing team with Kevin Brooke published Children’s author from Worcestershire. This weekend as part of World Heritage Day [19-20 September] we were invited to Harlebury Castle to make some stories about their history and preform them toContinue reading “Exploring Coats of Arms”

Introduction to Screen-Printing.

Screen printing arrived in Europe in the 18th century, but it was slow to catch on as a fabric printing method owing to the high cost of silk mesh at the time. Once the Silk Road made imported silk more affordable, screen printing gradually became a popular way to print fabric. By the early 20thContinue reading “Introduction to Screen-Printing.”

Introduction to Screen-Printing on Fabrics

History and Process Screen printing is one of the most popular printing methods we use to create custom designs, patterns, and logos on clothing. The process of Screen printing involves a fine mesh “screen” that is stretched around a frame. The areas that masked out on the screen are not printed. We used the photo-emulsionContinue reading “Introduction to Screen-Printing on Fabrics”

Romancing the Gibbet (4) The Morrismen Murder

‘Romancing the Gibbet’ is a collaboration between poet, Ralph Hoyte and historian, Steve Poole, exploring ‘dark tourism’ at sites of extraordinary public execution in Georgian Britain. Poole explains the historical background of a single public hanging. A case from 1772, when William Keeley was found guilty of murdering Joseph Dyer after spotting him flashing hisContinue reading “Romancing the Gibbet (4) The Morrismen Murder”

Introduction to Letterpress

Wednesday 2nd October: Introduction to Letterpress Letterpress is a direct relief print method, meaning that a design is printed by transferring ink from plate to paper. The group were each given a verse from the Lewis Carroll poem; Jabberwocky. Keen Children’s Literature readers, both Stephine and I were aware of the poem and its author,Continue reading “Introduction to Letterpress”

Hartlebury Castle (The Bishop’s Palace)

The land that Hartlebury Castle sits on was granted to the Bishop of Worcester by King Burghred in the late 9th century, although the foundations of the building that now stands here are believed to date back to the 13th century.  Since the 12th century, it has been a centre of ecclesiastical and administrative powerContinue reading “Hartlebury Castle (The Bishop’s Palace)”

What About Raymond Carver?

Though Raymond Carver published only a handful of books in his lifetime, he is often considered one of the great American short story writers. Debate still exists as to whether to consider Carver a minimalist for his frequent use of sparse language, a voice of the working class for his commitment to ‘ordinary’ characters, orContinue reading “What About Raymond Carver?”

Woman’s weekly research

    Grandparent stalking: Woman’s weekly research Task = follow someone in the age range that we are aiming to research (60+). Look at their behaviour, demeanour and what they look like and make a short life bio on your observations. Struggled to do this task I felt like a criminal; And I’m guessing must haveContinue reading “Woman’s weekly research”

Artist Date: 4 hours with David Quantick

How to Write Everything is the name of David Quantick’s book. He has years of journalism, screenwriting, speeches and sketches under his belt. From sitcoms to novels. With thirty years’ experience as an award-winning scriptwriter. He is also a self-confessed Hack. I am reading and taking notes on what DQ has to say to usContinue reading “Artist Date: 4 hours with David Quantick”