As part of its commitment to supporting new and emerging artists, Edinburgh’s Art & Craft Collective has Introducing Jaxx Waygood: The Fine Art of Blacksmithing in his first solo exhibition after finishing his Masters degree at Edinburgh College of Art. A BA Artist Blacksmithing graduate from Hereford College of Arts, Jaxx set up his own blacksmithing business before travelling as a journeyman blacksmith, working in forges all over the UK and learning a wide range of approaches to his trade.
In 2018 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowship and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust to travel in Europe. In Sweden he reconnected with his love for art at the University of Gothenburg, a turning point in his work which led to experimenting with figurative sculpture and an illustrative style, exploring the world of puppetry and performance. Other influences include Jean Tinguely and the Commedia Dell’ Arte. He is now based in Scotland.
There is a chance to meet ‘the man behind the mask’ on Friday 22nd October 2 – 4pm at the Art & Craft Collective, when Jaxx will be talking about his inspiration and process, and perhaps showing us a few wee tricks! (Note – social distancing procedures will be in place).