NEWS: Creative Dimension Summer Workshops

May 2019

This summer the Building Crafts College will be opening its doors to The Creative Dimension Trust with two workshops. The Creative Dimension runs fully-funded workshops for 14-18 year olds who love working with their hands and enjoy experimenting with different materials and structures. Studying with some of the UK’s leading specialists, students can choose from a range of courses including hand engraving, wall painting and gilding.

Workshop dates: Monday 12th – Friday 16th August

Letter carving is a practice that has been around for centuries. It was passed on to us by the Romans who designed letters using a brush forming the classical written characters we know today.

The art of Lettering involves using chisels and a mallet to incise letters into the material, creating a play of light and shadow. Cutting letters in wood is distinct from wood carving and distinct even from letter carving in stone, as the materials behave differently. It is an exercise in precision, but its beauty is born from the fact that the no two letters will turn out exactly the same.

Workshop dates: Monday 12th – Friday 16th August

From a background in Architecture, TCDT Tutor, Nancy Peskett now specialises in the conservation and restoration of stonework, and teaches stonemasonry to apprentices and learners of all ages. In 2011 she completed a Building Crafts Apprenticeship with the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, for which she received the Foundation’s Hancock Medal.

Nancy has produced work in stone for a range of clients including Historic Royal Palaces, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and St Olave’s and St Saviour School in Southwark. She has run educational workshops and demonstrations for the V & A, Sir John Soane’s Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.

This workshop offers an insight to the art of letter cutting in stone. Following a short introduction to the history of this ancient craft, you will learn how to draw your own letterforms and use mallet and chisel to carve them into stone. A fascinating process requiring both precision and creativity! All students will be able to take home their work at the end of the course.

Further information and application forms can be found here on The Creative Dimension website.