This workshop invites participants to join sculptor Lee Borthwick for a relaxing foray into the art of pyrography, otherwise known as drawing with fire. Suitable for beginners, the workshop explores a variety of drawing techniques and pattern making using the wood burning pen and British hard woods. During the workshop we look at the range of applications for pyrography, discuss the appropriate materials to work with and create tactile natural samples. Participants can also get experimental with a blow torch. The workshop concludes with students adorning their own beech presentation board to take home.
This workshop is suitable for complete beginners. The aim of the workshop is to introduce students to a lesser-known craft discipline which is inclusive, easy to learn and very relaxing. The activity inspires sustainability and encourages students to consider upcycling domestic wooden items and furniture in the future.
Previous attendees have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, describing it as meditative mark making and following the class have felt confident to acquire their own tool and take up the hobby.
What’s included – A selection of materials to draw on, one English hardwood chopping board and a tin of wood butter. Dust masks are provided and students can purchase additional materials if time allows or if they want to continue at home.
Students are welcome to bring images that may inspire their final design.
Students should avoid wearing loose long sleeves and have hair tied back.
14 May, 14.00 - 17.00 £70, 8 places.
About Lee Borthwick
Scots born artist Lee Borthwick has a signature aesthetic combining sustainably felled wood and precision cut mirror, a striking hybrid that has drawn international attention over the last decade. Lee's material led practice has enabled her to cross the boundaries of craft, design and art and deliver commissions to a breadth of clients worldwide, both inside and out. Lee also produces and collaborates on wild sculptural tableware using ethically sourced timber and pyrography techniques. In 2021 Lee launched a series of Pyrography classes.
Lee Borthwick received a BA(Hons) in Textile Design from Grays School of Art in 2006 and an MA in Constructed Textiles from the Royal College of Art in 2008. She lives and works in North East London.