It was lovely seeing everyone at Hildesley Court yesterday where, with a just a few weeks of Lowestoft Folk remaining, we were soon hard at work, creating images of Lowestoft Folk art – and each other.
Using wax crayons, pastels and indelible ink, everyone set to, drawing the person opposite them, their names, and then images of folk art the children found in the Museum during their visit the other week.
The pictures were then finely sprayed or, in some cases, thoroughly soaked with water and powdered pigments sprinkled on them. The pigments ran into each other and across the paper, making wonderful patterns and swirls; so absorbed were some people that they watched intently as the small trickle of brightly coloured water slipped around and then off the paper, over the edge of the table – and straight into their lap.
Then it was time for tea – and as one of the students was celebrating his 11th birthday and his mother had very kindly baked a cake for us all, we lit candles and sang Happy Birthday. Amanda was much complimented on her skills at cutting the cake into 20 even-sized pieces and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.
We were also absolutely delighted to discover a wonderful connection between one of the adult participants and a character from Lowestoft Museum, called Harry Peck. Mr Peck was a local shoemaker, and created the most beautiful tap work on the soles of the shoes he made. All the children had seen his ‘workshop’ at the Museum, complete with actual shoes and all the tools he would have used.
Yesterday, we discovered that on of the residents at Hildesley Court had her first job with Harry Peck – and she can confirm that he was a very, very hard worker. “Customers would come into the shop and I’d have to go into the room where he was working and ask when their shoes would be ready. Mr Peck would have his mouth full of tacks and he’d mumble to me ‘I can only do one thing at a time, they’ll be ready when they’re ready’. He never stopped working, and he made lovely shoes.”