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May
24
Thu
Indigo: The Devil’s Dye? @ Fairycroft House
May 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Indigo, the colour between blue and violet in the spectrum, the colour both of ceremonies and our ubiquitous blue jeans. What is so special about it? Where does it come from? Why was it known as “The Devil’s dye”?

A brief history with examples from many traditions, bringing us up to the discovery of the aniline dyes one hundred years ago, and beyond.

Clarissa’s relationship with indigo goes back to the 60’s, when she was introduced to it as a Pre-Diploma art student by Susan Bosence. Since then she has pursued her interest in painting and in costume. She trained as an art therapist, while maintaining a fascination with textiles. A talk at the Cambridge Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, by Jenny Balfour-Paul inspired her to resume indigo-dyeing, and to make pictures using the fabrics she had dyed, and find a way to share ways of dyeing with indigo by running workshops, which she has now done for many years. She specialises in Japanese shibori – a magical way of transforming fabric.

Jun
24
Sun
Fete de la Musique @ Saffron walden Town Centre
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Jun
20
Thu
Jiff Godfrey presents: “Just a cigar box? I think not!” @ Fairycroft House
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A short talk on how a mystery exposed a passion for the crafting and music of Cigar Box Guitars and live music from ‘Moonshine Coyote’

Jiff’s introduction to Cigar Box Guitars began with curiosity and developed into crafting guitars that the band ‘Moonshine Coyote’ perform with,  just cigar box guitars!

A short talk on how a mystery exposed a passion within me for the crafting and music of cigar box guitars.

Jiff Godfrey, known by some for the crafting of Cigar Box guitars and for some as lead guitar and vocalist for ‘Moonshine Coyote’. A local guy, raised and educated in the area, he has spent most of his adult life living and working around the Saffron Walden area,  now as a teacher and previously as a Youth Worker for over 25 years with in the Uttlesford locality.

Mar
7
Sat
Creative Writing Workshop with Clare Mulley @ Saffron Walden Museum
Mar 7 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

A unique writing workshop workshop experience with Clare Mulley organised by the Saffron Walden Arts Trust in conjunction with Saffron Walden Museum’s exhibition From Death Masks to Diaries’

 Agenda:

1.30 pm: A short talk on the author’s approach to biographical writing

2 pm: A guided tour by Museum staff of their ‘From Death Masks to Diaries’ exhibit

2.30-4 pm: Write a short piece of biographical writing inspired by the exhibition, with guidance by Clare and SWAT volunteers

4 -4.30 pm: An opportunity to share writing and discuss experience with group

Download application form

Clare Mulley is an award-winning author and broadcaster. Her first book, The Woman Who Saved the Children, won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize, and The Spy Who Loved, now optioned by Universal Studios, led to Clare being decorated with Poland’s national honour, the Bene Merito. Clare’s third book, The Women Who Flew for Hitler, tells the extraordinary story of two women at the heart of Nazi Germany, whose choices put them on opposite sides of history. Clare reviews non-fiction for the Telegraph, Spectator and History Today. A popular public speaker, she has given a TEDx talk at Stormont, spoken at the Houses of Parliament, Royal Albert Hall, Imperial War Museum, National Army Museum and British Library, as well as many festivals. Recent TV includes the BBC’s Rise of the Nazis, and the D-Day 75 coverage, NewsnightDavid Jason’s Secret Service, and Adolf & Eva, Love & War.

 

Jan
21
Thu
Sculptor Ian Wolter talks about his work @ online
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Saffron Walden Arts Trust is offering you a chance to escape for an hour to the world of award-winning local sculptor, Ian Wolter. He will talk about his work, and the project which resulted in the Children of Calais sculpture, currently located in Dorset House Gardens (off Church Street). Finally, we will be given an exclusive peep into other sculpture projects which have emerged as a result of the Children of Calais. Join us for talk and virtual studio visit to find out more.

Ian Wolter is an artist who lives and works in Saffron Walden. Known for the diversity of his work, he has exhibited internationally, and is a recipient of the RomArt Sculpture Prize, Rome 2017; the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice 2016; and the Global Sustainability Art Prize, Cambridge 2015