Wine expert Matt Varona is back with another evening of informative, informal wine tasting. In these relaxed and unpretentious monthly sessions, Matt introduces the uninitiated to lesser known natural wines, accompanied by a smorgasbord of seasonal snacks from Ollie Templeton and the Carousel kitchen team.
The next installment of our Wildlife drawing is bigger, better and scarier than ever as we are joined by the friendliest wolves this side of Canada. Okay, our furry friends are in fact British Lupine dogs that happen to be the perfect wolf doppelganger for this next sketching session. The perfectly tame canines have pure wolf in their bloodline and have even been known to howl at the moon. With a short talk from Canine Behavioural Scientist and Head Wolf Natalie Lagstrom, and we will look in detail at their anatomy and how they have evolved to adapt to a variety of habitats across the globe. As well as drawing these amazing animals, we will discuss current conservation issues facing these wonderful creatures. Our wolf experts are full of facts and will be ready and willing to answer any questions you might have and of course, everyone can have a stroke and a cuddle at the end.
We will be learning about sociable animals, creatures that prefer the company of their own kind, form social bonds and stick together to raise their young. Very excited to welcome a duo of prairie dogs for the first time, herbivorous rodents that live in giant family groups that are known to kiss and groom others in their clan. We will be meeting members of a meerkat mob, all siblings that take turns to watch for danger. We will be drawing a trio of Degus, small social rodents that need lots of attention and nibble on each other to show affection. And lastly, three rescued sugar gliders, small marsupials that mark each other with saliva to ensure the whole group smells the same.
Learn how to make your very own hand-made notebook using the traditional Concertina bookbind. Run by the London Centre for Book Arts, a super cool open-access studio dedicated to preserving traditional book arts in the UK. This morning workshop -second in the LCBAs series- will look into the Concertina method. This method was used for many early Greek texts, it is a folded structure made by simply folding a sheet of paper back and forth in page-width increments. Producing the accordion-fashion book involves folding and manipulating paper using specialist tools to create traditional book structures by hand. The final product is yours to take home with you and can be used for anything from serious sketches to absent minded doodles. Bookbinding is hungry work, so there iÂs also the option of lunch in the Carousel restaurant after you aÂÂre done.
Learn the technique of case binding to make your very own hand-made notebook with The London Centre for Book Arts, a super cool open-access studio dedicated to preserving traditional book arts in the UK. In their third workshop at Carousel, LCBA will be covering the ins and outs of this traditional method - you will learn to fold and manipulate paper using specialist bookbinding tools and create a single section, cloth covered, case bound notebook with a foil blocked title. The final product is yours to take home and can be used for anything from serious sketches to absent minded doodles. Bookbinding is hungry work, so there iÃÂÃÂs also the option of lunch in the Carousel restaurant after you aÃÂÃÂre done.
The guys behind Cult Vinegar are coming to Carousel for a hands-on workshop where you will learn about the process of making vinegar in small batches. These delicious vinegars are not only a fab way to reduce wine waste but their probiotic nature come with a whole host of health benefits, so its a no brainer, we all need to get vinegar-making. You will get to try a series of interesting wine based vinegars from a Ruby Port to an Oloroso Sherry and the starter vinegar means you can transform any of your favourite wines at home into a delicious vinegar - waste not want not! Aside from learning this ancient recycling method, you will also be shown the best tips and tricks on using your creations for different types of dressings and sauces. Enjoy the experience alongside a lovely glass of wine with the experts on hand to answer any burning questions on the subject.
Join stationery designer Alice Gabb for an introductory class to the art of Modern Calligraphy. Guests will receive teas and coffees to ensure steady hands, materials for the session and a beginners kit to take home. This is a beginners workshop, which will start with an introduction to good technique and some nib knowledge. Alice will then guide guests through some practice exercises, moving on to letterforms, and by the end of the session everyone will be able to write their name, or a favourite quote, in Modern Calligraphy, with Alice always on hand for assistance.