Posted on 24th July 2021

July 2021- High summer


I see when I wrote my last newsletter I was talking of still wearing thermals in the workshop – and today as I write it is like a greenhouse in the workshop at 34c – somewhere there is a happy medium…

So, on to news, and in June I was thrilled to chosen by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust as their winner in their Lincspirational LoveLincsPlants art work competition with my cowslip woodcut (which I also made into a pebble carving) – exhibition to follow in October, including postcards, Haikus and projections onto buildings apparently, which is very exciting.

Work is busy. Earlier this month I was participating in Lincolnshire’s Art on the Map exhibition in Lincoln Cathedral. With good footfall following some degree of opening up, visitors, kind words and sales were positive. We dismantled last week and my borrowed plinths will be returned to their owner – I’m looking forward for my own ones to finished by a joiner colleague for our next exhibition.

My main focus over the next few months is the carving of a large number of paving slabs for Southwell Minster’s ‘Leaves of Southwell Minster’ pathway, which is part of their National Lottery Heritage Fund project, which had focused primarily on the conservation of the Chapter House – famed for its beautiful C13th carvings of plants, animal and green men. Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire, is stunning – one of my of my favourite cathedrals, but little known. It has slightly continental air about it, and its beautiful small town is well worth a visit. The slabs I am carving have been lifted from an existing pathway along the south side, numbered on the back (so they can be returned to be same slot) and the graphic designer -Studio Eger- has produced the artwork, printed to size by the architects Buttress. Although the stone is pretty hard to carve – probably Woodkirk sandstone – the work is progressing well and is very enjoyable. The finished path will lead to a new attractive outside covered seating area for visitors and school groups, and I’ll look forward to seeing it reconstructed in the autumn. Progress, as always, can be seen on my Instagram feed if you use it (@janecowan_stonecarver).

Enjoy the summer and stay well,


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