Adventures in wood, stone and spirit

WHITE CROW WORKSHOP

Exploring the human need to make and create

 

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AN ETHOS,NOT A PLACE OR A space

The White Crow

бе́лая воро́на

In Russian, the idiom бе́лая воро́на or “white crow” is used to describe an outsider, a person who is different from their surroundings or who goes against the tide. The term can be used in a positive sense, as here, or in a negative one when it would mean something like the English idiom “black sheep”.
The creative output of such a maker, one who has had little or no contact with formal art education and who is self taught  may be referred to as Outsider Art in the English-speaking world.

The outsider

Outsider Art doesn’t need to be overtly naive. Neither does it need to eschew the standards and qualities of cultural expectations in their entirety. But making the deliberate choice to avoid institutional constraints is what makes being a White Crow inevitable. Having spent many years in other careers battling against a tide running towards conformity with unsatisfactory and nonsensical standards and norms, creating the White Crow Workshop environment is the path towards embracing and relishing being the round peg in an endless landscape of identical square holes. 

Workshop Departments

Stone

Sculpture, carving and lettering

Wood

Turning and joinery. Objets d’art and fine furniture

Light

Photography and cinematography

Spirit

Shinrin Yoku and Reiki
What we do

Our Services

Bespoke Design

Highly collaborative and interactive design by masters to ideate the perfect unique piece for your home or business.

Master Craftsmanship

Fine materials and expertise are brought together to realise your design.

Spiritual Peace

Shinrin Yoku or “Forest Bathing” and Reiki therapies applied to restore peace and balance to troubled souls.

Cross-Discipline Collaboration

Private social network groups facilitate projects between creatives and makers to nurture new talent and re-invigorate experienced artists.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

To explore new ways of creating, making and thriving spiritually and economically in a post-pandemic world

To leave no stone unturned, no lesson unlearned and no progress unshared.

To re-discover peace, balance and fulfilment.

 

Get Involved

Active participation will be resumed when legislation and government guidelines on non-essential travel, social distancing and group meetings permit.

Upcoming Events

Date To Be Confirmed - Forest Bathing

All Day Event will be rescheduled when legislation and government guidelines on non-essential travel, social distancing and group meetings permit.

Date to be confirmed - Introduction to stone carving

10am – 4pm Event will be rescheduled when legislation and government guidelines on non-essential travel, social distancing and group meetings permit.

WORKS

Featured Projects

Workshop Refit

Building fabric renovation, tool reinstallation and shop projects

UPCYCLING & RECYCLING

Working with re-purposed HDPE

PHOTOGRAPHY

Fine Art Photography portfolio refresh and new studio for product photogrpahy
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Notes for Contributors

Time & TALENT VS CASH

The White Crow Workshop is being launched at a time of great upheaval and the old ways – from before March 2020 – are starting to be referred to as “BC”. Before COVID-19.

It does not need saying that a great many people suddenly and unexpectedly have a lot more time on their hands and perhaps less money. That needn’t prevent a contributor from getting involved.

New Ways Of Working

The Post-Pandemic world will be different. For some that is not a matter of choice as companies fail to make the transition successfully. Many will be finding that new values will be applied to old skills, that what was previously a “side hustle” could now be a viable way of life. Perhaps the White Crow Workshop will provide the right environment to test that out.