Mabel Pakenham-Walsh, a woodcarver, has died aged 75.
September 27, 2013 3:51 PM Subscribe
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"Her wood carvings were made from ironing boards, breadboards, old ships' timbers and in one case an old wooden toilet seat. Her jewellery was made from a cut-up caravan." (Obituary
.) There's not much on the web about this woman, but what there is, is gold.Documentary photographs, 1975, Homer Sykes
Slides from Photostore, the Crafts Council Archive.
An interview made to coincide with her 2012 retrospective at Ceredigion Museum
. In the interview she talks about her upbringing, her convent boarding school, where there was nothing to do in the evening but read the bible - "Found the begats didn't match up. Ever tried that?" - failing her driving test - "It made me a better pedestrian, let's just say," her acquaintance with other artists, and her relief sculpture.
On the work of Mervyn Peake, an aquaintence: "I just can't understand that people just didn't buy it...he was a financial nincompoop, like myself."
On drawing inspiration from local legends: "There are tremendous stories round here. The Bishop of (Somewhere) was murdered on top of the hill in The Field of Blood. If I was carving I'd go to town on that. The locals were murdering the Bishop for some reason."
On the unfortunate owner of the Leg of Bont, buried after amputation: "What the first aid was I don't like to think."
27 minutes long, and every word a gem. It gives a portrait of a cultured, wry, driven, singular artist.