Category Archives: Craft

Authenticity

It was a long day yesterday: up at five thirty, then after delivering the workshop we went for a drink, and i finally got home from London about nine. I have to say that i was exhausted, which drove my … Continue reading

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Developing ‘The Knowledge’: rewiring the adaptable brain

I was bouncing around London yesterday, on one leg, by taxi, i got into a conversation about ‘The Knowledge‘. To be a cabbie in London, you have to acquire The Knowledge, a notoriously difficult task, typically taking three or four … Continue reading

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Hands: how learning changes us

The train was unexpectedly quiet this morning, just me and another chap sat opposite at the table. Plenty of space. He wasn’t the stereotypical commuter: paint stained jeans and heavy woollen jumper, with a substantial wooden toolbox on the seat … Continue reading

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The languages of learning: fragrance

I’m sat drinking a Turkish coffee in the Arab quarter. I fly home tonight, but today is a chance for reflection. It’s hot and humid, as it has been everyday. There’s a faint scent of cardamon, a dusky kind of … Continue reading

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Choosing the right paint: the right kit for the job.

I bought myself some new watercolours this weekend. Winsor and Newton artists range, a lovely enamelled steel box with thirty different half pans. It’s a larger version of the set i got when i was sixteen, which has accompanied me … Continue reading

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Where did all the willpower go? Playing with words and hearing when things just seem right.

Some things just sounds right. We probably notice this most often with songs: something just sticks in your head. Song’s don’t have to be clever, long or sophisticated to be great, they just need to make you tap your feet … Continue reading

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Making Christmas cards. A seasonal reflection on learning.

It’s that time of year when i need to make my Christmas cards. Normally i like to do something different every year, but this year might be a repeat of last. You see, last year i did some lino print … Continue reading

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Building a boat: functional and aesthetic aspects of design.

I spent time yesterday walking by the Broads, the great expanse of waterways that run through East Anglia. There are still quite a number of boatbuilders active from small yards by the side of the water, many of them working … Continue reading

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