It takes a gifted artist to become a great teacher and those who dare to teach never cease to learn.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Master Painter and Master Craftsman

 Jenny Phillips demonstrating for 13 students who are participating in our first of the 15-hour workshops that Jenny is teaching at Denver Botanic Gardens. Jenny Phillips established the Botanical Art School in Melbourne, Australia in 1992, visited Denver Botanic Gardens for the first time as visiting instructor in the mid-1990's when Angela Overy was the coordinator for the Botanical Illustrators here in Denver

We also have received a limited number of specially designed knives for quill cutting. These knives combine new technological processes with traditional skills. They are handmade by Master Blacksmith Hannu Antila in Finland. The 3.5 cm long blade has one side curved to make a better shape for cutting the quill. The handle is made of Finnish birch burl, which is stronger than the birch hardwood . The handle has a metal insertion to change the balance slightly, so if the knife is dropped it always falls on its handle protecting the blade. The sheath is handmade of reindeer skin.
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