The H Art festival – Private View of Herefordshire Open Exhibition

Welcome again!

Thank you kindly for your support! We are overwhelmed by the attention we have received after posting the two reviews of the h.Art Artist Market! We have never thought so many people would be visiting us, reading our posts and then sharing them with others! A big, big thank you! There is nothing more satisfying for us bloggers than to know our hard work was well received and appreciated.

The Artist Market was just one of the many attractions prepared for the annual h.Art celebration. The whole festival lasted between 8th and 21st of September 2012. If you’d like to know more about it, please take a look at the previous posts:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/the-h-art-festival-the-artists-market-part-1/
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/the-h-art-festival-the-artists-market-part-2

Front page of the invitation to the Open Exhibition

With literally hundreds of exhibitions, art presentations and open days organized, it was not in our power to visit all places. We had to limit ourselves and choose the most interesting options for us. Apart from the Artist Market in the High Town, we were invited to a private view of the Herefordshire Open Exhibition. The grand opening was held in Hereford Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 7th of September between 5.30 and 7 pm. It was paired with the opening of the Herefordshire Young Exhibition in The Courtyard Centre for the Arts on Edgar Street.

When we arrived at the opening, we didn’t know what to expect. There were not many information available before the big day, almost like the organizers wanted to keep us in the dark on purpose.  All we knew, was that the exhibition was a collective one, covering traditional paintings, photography, sculpture, installation and new/digital/mixed media. Only when we entered the exhibition hall, we realized how big the project truly was!

Back of the invitation lettre

Hereford Museum and Art Gallery has been chosen very carefully as a host for the exhibition. Not only it is located in the same heart of the city on Broad Street but it also shares the building with local library and is well known to anyone who lived in Hereford for more than two weeks. Few days before the opening, a big billboard has been displayed on the balcony informing the general public of the exhibition. We have received our private pass from the owners of the Apple Store Gallery that allowed us not only to meet the artists and other Herefordian celebrities but also to have a glass of wine. A true VIP treatment!
Apple Store is located on Bridge Street, a short walk from the Museum and Art Gallery and they always have private invitations to various events to give out. If you are visiting Hereford and you do not know where to go or what to do, please come and visit them. Marion, the owner of Apple Store will gladly help you out. You might even buy some splendid pieces of art from her.
Their website can be found here:  http://www.applestoregallery.co.uk/

Pink ballons leading to the gallery

The first thing that surprised us was the pink balloons! They were everywhere: attached to the stairs, walls and ceiling, floating among the guests and being kept by guests and staff members. Several artists came fully dressed in pink and posed for photographs standing next to enormous pink h.Art banners. Rita asked one of them why they decided for this particular colour and the response was that everybody loves pink! The soundtrack was also very colourful: we had a chance to hear Cyndi Lauper with “True colours”, several Pink hits (including “Let’s get this party started” at the beginning), “Pink” by Aerosmith and the all time favourite “Pretty in Pink” by the Psychodelic Furs.

h.Art catalog and empty glasses

Drinks and refreshments were served in the Woolhople Room, a small private library used for presentations and meetings of the Woolhope Naturalist club. Guests could choose between rose and white wine, Coca-Cola, several juices (orange, apple, pineapple) and various local beer and mineral water brands. Special fizzy strawberry (non-alcohol) champagne has been offered to kids but it was very popular among adults too ūüôā At least 7 museum and library workers served as hostesses for the thirsty crowd!

This is what we call a great service: the guests enjoy drinks and good company.

Woolhope Room is the headquarters of one of the oldest naturalist clubs in the UK and is still very active. The members have access to a large collection of unique books that we had a chance to see while ordering our drinks. Here’s the picture taken by Rita just to show you how the room looks like when used for academic purposes and not as a bar ūüôā

wool_hope_library

Private library of the Woolhope Club, dating back to 1851!

As promised, The Open Exhibition was very varied. The organizers gathered exactly 100 pieces of art from 50 different artists. Preparation took nearly 6 months and 20 people have worked full time to make everything happen. What we truly loved about this event was that the exhibiting space was cleverly designed. Each artist has been given a small personal space for his/her art and the guests had to navigate between white moving walls and pedestals. The main door and the back entrance have been left wide open letting the audience to move freely among the artworks without creating a traffic jam. Standing at the back balcony and looking inside, we had the impression that we are looking at a large white maze.

Guests admiring the artwork

In three hours at least 500 hundred people showed up in the gallery to see the artwork and discuss them over the glass of wine. We have seen local politicians, authorities, jewellery makers, BBC Hereford and Worcester workers, Sunshine Radio presenters, Hereford Times and Hereford Journal writers and many, many others. Our friends introduced us to several artists and their family members and guess what? We have been invited to even more events! Our social calendar is filling up very fast these days ūüôā
Please take a look at the following pictures from the opening. Let us know if you recognioe somebody you know on them!

Another picture of the opening crowd. Please notice the white moving boards in the backgrounds creating little artist nooks.

Discussions about art can be heated sometimes. Some guests loved the artworks, some truly hated them. Nobody was left neutral – a true victory for the artists!

A man is taking a closer look at metal sculpture placed on a white pedestal. Most artworks have not been placed behind the glass, giving the audience a chance to take a closer look at every piece of art.

Hope you enjoy this showrt review.
Please come back soon as in the next entry we will present you all the best artists and their masterpieces that impressed us the most.
Have a great day,

xxxx
Rita and Mal

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The H Art festival ‚Äď The artists market part 2

Hi everybody!

How are you all? The weather in Hereford is terrible this year! It’s cold, dark and rainy, feels more like February than glorious October. But let’s not despair. Art is the best way to get rid of the doom and gloom, and luckily, here at Vanadian Avenue, we are never short of it!

If you missed the first part of our review of the h.Art festival, please click  on the link below:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/the-h-art-festival-the-artists-market-part-1/

Official folders for h.Art 2012

We also have good news for those of you who live in the West Midlands and would like to participate in the artist market next year. It was announced few days ago, that the next edition of h.Art has been confirmed and will take place on the 7th Р15th of September 2013. The call out for artists and craft makers has already started so contact the organizers to book your place right now. The h.Art festival board is also looking for venues, if you own a good spot, let them know as well! The main goal of the festival is not only to promote the art, but to give the local business a boost and help the members of the public to (re)discover the county.
You can place your adverts for free on the official webpage:
http://h-art.herefordshire.gov.uk/hartvenueartistcallout.aspx

But lets us focus on the artists again. The festival is the celebration of human creativity and skills. Herefordshire has long been known as the¬†craftsmen’s heaven and once again it¬†was confirmed to be true. In addition to the¬†creators introduced¬†in the previous entry, we have selected a few more that just cannot be missed. ¬†All of them have had a strong impact on the artistic scene¬†of the city and established themselves as leading forces in the rural cultural revolution.

Jo Dewar ‚Äď contemporary textiles and wire art
Her website: http://jodewar.com
More information: http://www.wgdc.org.uk/designers/textiles/jo-dewar.html

Jo Dewar’s art is probably the most innovative we have ever seen. Would you believe that her creations are made with just colourful enamelled copper wire, various textiles and¬†paper? The idea for wire art was introduced for the first time in Italy during the 1960’s and¬†became known¬†as the “Arte poverta” – “The art of¬†the poor”. Italian art students manipulated the wire into¬†necklaces or earrings¬†and sold¬†them to the tourists to make additional income. Despite the humble beginnings, wire art has now become incredibly popular and fashionable. Wire knitting is not as easy as it would seem, as it requires a lot of strength and dedication. Jo added a lot of ‚ÄúBritishness‚ÄĚ to the Italian roots:¬†apart from¬†jewellery, she makes jugs, teapots, plaques, candle holders and fruit bowls.¬†A proud member of the Worcester Guild of Designer Craftsmen, Jo Dewar is a truly unique maker!

Jo Dewar uses wire to create her design

Helen London‚Äď silversmithing with a soul
Her website: http://www.helenlondon.co.uk/home
More information: http://www.craftsingloucestershire.co.uk/classes/hlclasses.htm

Our next guest, Helen London is Jo Dewar’s exact opposite. A jeweller as well, Helen represents the traditional school of jewellery-making. She is a silversmith and designer, specializing in creating items that could easily be worn on the red carpet or¬†during the visit¬†to The Buckingham Palace.¬†Helen learnt her craft¬†at the London Guildhall University and later studied at the Bishopsland Educational Trust in South Oxfordshire. Her skills are widely recognized, and helped her to secure numerous exhibitions and loyal clientele.

Helen London smiling and welcoming her guests

Helen¬†is also a¬†successful¬†teacher and co-operated with many cultural and art organizations in the UK and abroad. In her spare time, she runs jewellery making classes for others where she teaches the art of filigree wire work. If you’d like to make a ring in a day, contact Helen and she will¬†show you how!¬† Helen swears she loves her work and we love it as well! It is simply stunning. Don’t you agree?

A closer look at the silver jewellery made by Helen

Alison Evans ‚Ästprecious metal designer
Her website: in preparation
More information: http://www.alloyjewellers.org.uk/alisonevans.html
How can you reach her: alisonnicolaevans@hotmail.co.uk

Alison Evans’ stand on the market was located right next to Helen London’s and there was a good reason for it. Both ladies are not only precious metal workers but also long-time friends and collaborators. Just like Helen, Alison is the graduate of the prestigious Bishopsland Educational Trust in Oxfordshire. She is an active member of Alloy Jewellers collective that holds a permanent exhibition in The Courtyard Centre for the Arts on Edgar Street in Hereford. Alison takes the inspiration for her art from nature. Birds, leaves and flowers are recurring themes in her silver jewellery and the silverware she makes. Alison’s design is very elegant, a bit traditional but with a modern twist. It can please both – tradition lovers and contemporary art admirers.

Alison Evans presenting her crafts at the market

Glass on Glass ‚Ästthe great, second life of a recycled glass
Their website: http://glassonglass.co.uk/contactform.html
More information:  http://www.blue-ginger.com/gallery_glass.htm

The main force behind Glass on Glass is Elaine Mason, a glass maker and designer. Elaine recruited her family members and friends to help and now the project is truly a family affair! In 2008, Elaine travelled to Corfu and discovered the kiln-formed glass making method. She fell in love with the luminous and clear effect and decided to try to do it herself. For her work, Elaine uses only recycled glass: everything from old windows, tomato sauce jars, milk bottles to potato puree tubes or used glass crates. The glass comes from local businesses who happily supply the artist with all glass objects they no longer use.

Glass on glass stand, unfortunately we forgot the name of the gentleman selling the good! Our apologies.

It is a wildly known fact that Mal and Rita are crazy about cats. We were absolutely delighted to spot the three-piece red dip dish decorated with a picture of a black cat. This is a purrfect dish for Halloween snack!¬† If you’d like to make your own dish like that, please contact Elaine. She is running a weekend glass-making classes in her studio in Allensmore near Hereford.

We want that dish for a birthday present! It’s on the 29th of October if you have forgotten!

Garry Jones¬†‚Ästyour one and only cartoon sculptures
His website: www.garry-jones.co.uk
More information: http://www.craftanddesign.net/magazine/210/garry-jones.php

It was a love at first sight. We met Garry Jones, Welsh born artist and Midlands resident of 30 years, when he was busy sculpting a cat. Yes, you heard us right. He was the only artist on the whole market, not only selling and displaying his work but actually creating! He had his hands dirty with clay and talked to the crowd of buyers and passer-by’s with a rare passion. Self-taught genius, Garry is great animal lover. He says he owes everything to the animals, they are his inspiration, his best friends and companions.

Garry Jones making a clay cat figure at the market

We had a long conversation with Garry about his art, starting his own business several years ago after leaving his secure day job, dogs sculptures and his admiration for sheep and … hens. He told us, he was a dog-person rather than cat’s but found a great pleasure in sculpting a feline. He even joked that¬†it’s a good sport or else¬†he would forget how the cats looked like. We can hardly believe anyone is capable of forgetting a cat, but we have taken a detailed picture of the cat-in-the-making just to be sure. It looks great to us!

Closer look at the cat sculpture. We love it to bits!

Garry Jones is an award winning artist that specializes in what he calls ‚Äúthe cartoon sculptures”. His main goal is to make his audience smile. To receive¬†a comical effect, he incorporates unusual objects into his art like¬†an old front door with a cat flap, rusted¬†car parts, wood¬†fence and even a bathtub. He portrays mostly domestic animals but he gives them a lot of human characteristics. Garry also likes to play with words. Cleverly twisted titles give certain well known phrases, a completely¬†new meaning.

Dog looking through a window – this sculpture became the public’s favourite

A full view of Garry's stand during the h.Art festival

A full view of Garry’s stand during the h.Art festival

Outside of the h.Art festival, the artist market is organized twice a year: in April, just before the Easter holidays and in mid-December.
If you would like to meet any of the artists described here, your next chance in Hereford will be on the 8th – 9th of December 2012.
We will be there so watch out!

Have a good weekend and come back soon.
We are not done yet!

All the best

Mal and Rita D.

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EDIT – 2013.01.09

As¬†promised, we have paid a visit to the Winter Artist Market on the 9th of December 2012. Sadly, the market was limited to 8 stalls only and was largely ignored by the public. Truth be told, it was one of the coldest days we have had this winter in Herefordshire and the weather was not encouraging to shop,¬†still there was little to¬†write about.¬† We have stopped by Garry Jones’ stand hoping to speak to him but unfortunately he was gone and his friend was looking after his art. Not our luckiest day, yet we managed to take few pictures of his newest creations. The cat sculpture has now been finished!!

Garry managed to finish the sculpture and we couldn't stop laughing seeing the finished artwork!

Garry managed to finish the sculpture and we couldn’t stop laughing seeing the finished artwork!

The scratching kitten sculpture was not the only new one in Garry’s portfolio. A massive (nearly 110 cm tall) installation with a dog jumping through a window, impressed passer-by’s and art lovers.

Just look what he  holds in his mouth!

Just look what he holds in his mouth!

The details are incredible: please notice the  broken glass (made from plastic) and the nets in the window!

The details are incredible: please notice the broken glass (made from plastic) and the nets in the window!

Mr Jones has also started sculpting another installation Рwe cannot wait to see what it will look like once finished. It will be probably shown during the spring market in April. 

New dog sculpture

New dog sculpture

Have a good day!
Rita and Mal xxxx

The H Art festival – The artists market part 1

Hello all!

Welcome back again. The Herefordian weather has not been kind to us at all lately, so it’s good to sit in the warm office, drinking hot chocolate and reminiscing about the events that took place last month. September has been very busy and we absolutely loved it. You should know us by now: if something is happening nearby, we are either at the centre of things or we are the ones organizing it! The h.Art was, of course, no exception. Mal and Rita went everywhere, took a lot of pictures, befriended many of the local artists and wrote this little report in case you have missed all the fun. We are sorry, we have no souvenirs or lousy t-shirts for ya, just a great deal of high quality memories we will gladly share with you for free!

The official logo of the h.Art festival

You can ask what exactly the h.Art festival is. In their own words, this is “an annual showcase aimed at promoting the large number and wide variety of artists and craft makers working in the region”. We prefer a much shorter definition. It’s the biggest art extravaganza in West Midlands. Let the numbers do the talking: two weeks, 600 artists, 110 venues, nearly 80 exhibitions and 50 art presentations, 100 private art studios, workshops¬†and galleries open to the public, 35 000 visitors. Are you impressed yet? You should be! The first h.Art festival has been¬†created in 2001 and 2012 marked its 11th edition. The festival is organized by h.Art board in partnership with Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire.

If you’d like to read more about the festival please take a look at the following links:
Official website:
http://h-art.herefordshire.gov.uk/

The official press release:
http://h-art.herefordshire.gov.uk/media/761482/press_release_july_2012.pdf

Electronic map for 2012 edition:
http://h-art.herefordshire.gov.uk/media/760471/hart_map_2012.pdf

It was simply impossible for us to visit all places, but we did our best to see as much as we could.
This year, the most interesting things were happening in the same heart of the city. On the 8th and 9th of September, the main square has been turned into an art market. Nearly 40 artists shared their secrets and techniques with the audience and offered their creation for sale. It was amazing to see the craftsmen at work with our own eyes, we have learnt so much just by looking at them!

Let us present some of the artist that we spoken to during the Artist market.

Sharon McSwiney – metal work and jewelery with a unique sense of humour
Her website: http://www.sharonmcswiney.co.uk/
Store: http://uk.etsy.com/shop/SharonMcSwiney

Metal worker, jeweller and designer, Sharon McSwiney has more than 20 years of experience in the business. For the last 10 years, she has been running a successful private workshop in converted farm building at The Fold in Bransford, Worcestershire. Sharon specializes in designing contemporary jewellery, animal brooches and creating decorative wall panels & plaques. She mastered the use of silver, copper and brass. Sharon is also a talented illustrator. Her works have been exhibited all over Europe.

Sharon Mc Swiney presenting her artwork on her stand

Sharon is also a popular blogger in her own right. And she mentioned us there!
Please see for yourself by clicking either on the link or on the picture. Thank you Sharon!!
http://blog.sharonmcswiney.co.uk/2012/10/little-feature.html

Sharon mentioned Vanadian Avenue on her blog !

Rachel Pritchard¬†–¬†contemporary ceramics
Her website: in preparation,
Email address: rachel.pritchard66@tiscali.co.uk
Where to find her: 35 Old Hollow, Malvern, Worcestershire

Rachel Pritchard is one of the most famous Herefordshire ceramics artists, specializing in the classic earthenware techniques. Her works can be found in private homes,¬†galleries and museums.¬† Rachel is well known for her simple yet luxurious¬†collections that include¬†bowls, pots, jugs, vases, lidded jars and sculptural vessels.¬†She travels extensively¬†nearly all year long and you can meet her at most art festivals. Come and say hello, she is a truly charming lady that¬†had the patience to answer¬†every question coming from her audience. Rita’s favourite, a¬†vase entitled “Blueskin” was sadly sold before she could ask for the price. It was just stunning!

Rachel Pritchard – the ceramics genius

Niki Guy Рnot your typical glass jewelry
Her website: http://www.nikiguy.co.uk/
More information: http://www.madeinshropshire.co.uk/makers.php?company=niki-guy

Before we have even met Niki in person at the market, her original jewellery caught our eyes the moment we saw several members of the public wearing them. It will not be an exaggeration to say that her creations were an absolute hit among the buyers. Niki uses tumbled glass to make hundreds of different bracelets, pendants, necklaces and earrings and mosaics. When asked, where she gets her inspiration from, Niki revealed that as a child she was mesmerized by the glass she found on the beach. She decided to make a bracelet for herself from different pieces of sea tumbled glass and discovered it could be a great idea for a career!  Remember this name people, Niki Guy will soon be a well known brand, we tell you that!

Niki Guy – the sea born jewelry

Murgatroyd & Bean – Handmade curiosities
Their website: http://murgatroydandbean.wordpress.com/
Their store:
http://www.murgatroydandbean.folksy.com
More information:
 https://www.facebook.com/MurgatroydandBean

The fantastic duo (or maybe a trio, we will explain in a second) called Murgatroyd & Bean are something out of a fairy tale, or at least¬†a successful¬†series of children’s books. As their website says, Murgatroyd (the Owl) and Bean (the Hare) have known each other since they were but a chick and a leveret. At a young age they were apprenticed to the Applewood‚Äôs tailor, Meles-Meles the badger, where they learnt their stitch craft and became friends with the Human, Kathleen. Kathleen serves now as their manager, taking all their hand-made goodies out and about and showing the duo’s¬†skills to the outside world. Murgatroyd & Bean are also great teachers. Their two-hour workshops are very popular and tickets sell out almost instantly. If you want to learn from experts, please contact them as soon as new¬†lessons are¬†advertised.

Hurgatroyd and Bean

Murgatroyd and Bean¬†–¬†handmade heaven

The wonderful people at Murgatroyd and Bean have even posted¬†a link¬†to this blog on their official Facebook! We are truly honored and¬†because we like to brag about our achievements, here’s the screenshot to prove we are your local celebrities.

The team talent from Mugatroyd and Bean paid us a visit and lived to tell about it ūüôā

Kate Wigglesworth ‚Äď dancer¬† with a paint brush
Her website: http://www.katewrigglesworth.com/
Her gallery: http://www.katewrigglesworth.com/gallery/index.php

Not many artists are masters of few trades but Kate Wigglesworth is an exception. She is a classically trained dancer that performed on many stages around the country and abroad. Painting was Kate’s secret passion that soon became equally important to dancing. At first glance, her artworks look like painted by child’s hand, but don’t be fooled. It takes years of practice and great deal of talent to create fantastic world full of abstract perspective, mirror-like reflections and harmony of colours. At the market, Kate brought not only her oil and watercolour paintings but also hand made prints and postcards.¬† We are waiting for a publishing house to discover Kate’s potential – her incredibly imaginative artworks could embellish any book!

Kate Wigglesworth artworks on display

Kate brought several large paintings with her and displayed them on her stand. In no time, they gathered quite a crowd of onlookers. We took a picture of one of them. It would look lovely in our living room! 

The bigest painting on the market!

All right. That’s all for the part one.¬†We still have lots¬†of pictures from other artists so please return quickly to read the second part of our review.¬† You wouldn’t belive what the next life of your old windows or front door could be like!¬†

Stay beautiful,

Lots of love and arts
From Mal and Rita
xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

The Bloodbath or a meeting with master surgeon

Hello everybody!

Welcome to the first post in October, the best month in the whole calendar year!

We are not sure if other bloggers would agree, but since we created Vanadian Avenue, our life has become much more interesting. Of course, we were always keen on arts and culture and knew the local artistic circles pretty well, but now we cannot even go to the supermarket without coming across something worth writing about. Maybe it’s a blogger’s curse or maybe we are just having our eyes open wide. In any case, there is not enough time to mention everything we would like to. Sometimes it takes us months before we have the time to sit down, edit the photographs and write a full report. Good things come to those who wait, says the proverb and we cannot agree more. We have decided that October will be dedicated to catching up with everything what’s been happening in recent months. Be sure to check us regularly, many stories will be told in the next 30 days!

The beginning of the catching up will be kinda gory. Several weeks ago, Rita and Mal took advantage of the Heritage Weekend and went on a historic spree around Hereford. We climbed the Cathedral tower (and received an official certificate to prove our success), visited Bishop Palace’s gardens, Cathedral library, Victorian Town Hall and joined a guided tour around the town. Hereford has a rich and bloody history and the tour guide took a delight in describing every murder or tragedy that took place in the city during the last 400 years. If the macabre tales are not enough to satisfy your thirst, then let us introduce you the man who can make the scariest horror movie look like a child‚Äôs play. Ladies and Gentlemen, please give a standing ovation to the Tudor era battlefield surgeon – Sir Owain Leech!

The master surgeon and his tools at the operating table.

Owain Leech is a creation (and event alter ego) of Kevin Goodman – historical interpretor, reenactor and¬†author of the popular book “Ouch! A History of Arrow Wound Treatment from Prehistory to the Nineteenth Century”. Mr Goodman is the UK’s leading specialist in medieval surgery and weaponry. You can easily call him a walking encyclopaedia of early medicine. Not only he¬†can¬†find a serious and medically correct answer to the weirdest possible questions coming from his audience but he also has an entire set of historically accurate tools: designed and made with the same techniques as in the 16th century.

The proud owner and his collection

The presentation given at the Old House Museum has been Mr Goodman’s third visit to Hereford, this time as a master battle surgeon¬†serving the Tudor Kings and their knights. Althought light hearted and full of humor (“What did you just call me? A¬†barber surgeon? Capital offence!!”), it was a blood chilling experience. Some items you can see on the pictures here¬†would be a great addition to the “Saw” movie franchise!

Those instruments could save your life!

The most fascinating thing we learnt was how skilled and well prepared the Middle Ages surgeons truly were. Despite strong beliefs in astrology, esoteric charts and magic, they were not charlatans or witch doctors as they are widely presented in books or in the media. To be able to operate, one had to terminate generally from 6 to 8 years with a surgeon of good reputation (even then references were important!) and recognized skills. A young apprentice would travel all over the country to study, read a lot and familiarize himself with the newest weapons and war equipment. Their knowledge was not only limited to human body. The surgeons were very well acquitted with chemistry, technology, languages (spoke several of them including Greek and Latin!) and art. They sometimes received private drawing lessons from royal house painters to be able to realistically sketch a wound or medically interesting case for consultation. Several surgeons came down in history as inventors of medical equipment. When they didn’t have¬†the right tool in their possession, they would simply construct one. Many of their inventions are still being used today ūüôā

Charts and tables used to diagnose patients

Surgeons could be found in any medieval party going to the batterfield. They usually set up their own camps not far from the battle grounds to treat the wounded or to operate.  The standard wartime health services offered included: arrow and bullet removal, musket balls removal, cauterising, drawing of teeth, wound stitching, trepanning, limb amputation, fractures and broken bones treatment and many others. The surgeons also looked after the prisoners of war, civilians, war horses and any other animals used during the battle.

Even more equipment. Just look at those syrgines ūüôā

In times of peace, surgeons travelled from place to place offering their services to anybody who could afford them. The most skilled ones usually took residence in bigger towns where they were able to find clients among the nobility or were offered lucrative position within the royal court. The less fortunate doctors served the common folks and usually ended up creating private practices in the countryside. Few Hereforshire surgeries date back to the early Tudor period and are still housed in the same buildings.

Skulls used by surgeons during the operation

Tudor era operations were a painful and bloody business. Anaesthetics were not know at that time, so most patients were either drugged or made drunk before they were taken to the operating table. In most cases, clients were tied to the chairs and had their eyes covered so they could not see what the surgeon was doing. If the pain was too much to handle, the poor customers could be mercifully knocked out unconscious by the surgeon apprentice since they knew exactly where to hit without killing. The rich were given opium, a very expensive miracle “cure” that was newly discovered then. It took the surgeons several decades before the side effects of opium usage were discovered and described in medical books.

A nice collection of scalpels, big wooden hammer and a saw!

If you’d like to hire¬†Owain Leech¬†and hear all his¬†stories yourself, please visit his popular blog and write him an email.
Kevin is travelling all over the UK  giving speeches in schools, museums, historical societies, castles and manors. He is aslo taking part in various city events as well.

http://bowsbladesandbattles.tripod.com/index.html

Mr Goodman was also kind enough to feature several of our pictures on his site.
You can see the screenshot below or click on the link:
http://bowsbladesandbattles.tripod.com/id69.html

We are getting famous ūüôā

Let’s hope the entry hasn’t traumatised you too much.
Rita really appreciate living in the XXI century and the canal root treatment instead of having her teeth pulled out with prehistoric pliers O_O.

Have fun and love your dentist!
Xxxxx
Mal and Rita