First I must credit the photos here (which are screen shots) to the ITV commissioned series Further Tales from Northumberland. For the video element please go here, uploaded by the NT: See below
It was a real pleasure to create a wood engraving based on an extract of Bewick’s Chillingham Bull commission, I traced the outline to follow his marks as much as possible. So varied and no two marks the same- such attention to detail. A true labour of love.
I left the top corner for Robson green to engrave and I can verify that the crew wouldn’t let him have any practice at all- so his first engraving was a true first! It jut shows that although the detail is intimidating to many, the technique itself is perfectly easy to have a go at and to learn. So pop down to Cherryburn and say hello. This is what Bewick himself said: ‘ I cannot hep feeling a deep interest, and an ardent desire, that the art may long flourish and that those who follow it may feel happy in the pursuit”
Well Robson Green has helped the cause!
Watching the episode I saw that Robson had been to visit the Kielder Hatchery and met Richard -this was a few weeks before I decide to start my Salmon project- since then I have photographed the work at the Hatchery watching the eggs being stripped and the fertilisation, and engraved one of the female salmon. What a coincidence!