Carving with Daniel Minter

July 24, 2021 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Free but space is limited and preregistration is required. Register by phone at 414-446-8794.

IN THE HEALING LANGUAGE OF TREES brings Daniel Minter to Lynden for multiple residencies across two summers to engage the communities we serve in “a natural act of transformation restructured for curing many ills.” Minter’s original idea—to bring his wood-carving skills to bear on the deadly impact of emerald ash borer on our trees—was complicated by the pandemic. Drawing on traditions of the African Diaspora, and invoking axé, the “spiritual force that resides in all living things,” Minter envisions an ash trunk adorned with necklaces of giant, hand-carved wooden beads created in collaboration with community members, including those already engaged in our Call & Response and HOME programming. This project is supported by the Joyce Foundation through a 2021 Joyce Award to Daniel Minter and Lynden Sculpture Garden. More information on the Joyce Awards here: https://www.joycefdn.org/joyce-awards

On July 24, Daniel Minter will be offering an open-air carving workshop. Participants will create a personal symbol and carve it into a rubber block suitable for stamping and printing; carve low-relief wood blocks; or explore more advanced carving techniques. Images of the rubber stamps will become part of our project archive and will eventually be used in large textile banners. You will be able to take your stamp home with you. These workshops are open to people of all ages (small children will need to work with an adult). No previous carving skills required; advanced carvers welcome.


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