Nature Conservation 1881, 2018
After a year Wenham left research and for the next 23 years taught in secondary, primary and special schools, with 9 years’ lecturing at the University of Leicester. He first exhibited his letter-cutting work in 1982; since 1984 it has been shown in the major British exhibitions of lettering arts. Wenham’s work is held in the Crafts Council’s Permanent Collection and in private collections in Britain, the USA, Germany, Japan and Puerto Rico.
The words are from Inversnaid by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889). Written in 1881, they are remarkably prescient of more recent and increasingly urgent concerns or respect and restraint in our interactions with our natural environment. The poem ends;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.
A free copy of Martin Wenham’s new book Martin Wenham The Art of Letter Carving, published by Crowood Press (price £25), will accompany each purchase from the exhibition.
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