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Gilded Glories - The fascinating history of Gilded Decoration Jo Mabbutt Tuesday 08 January 2019

Jo Mabbutt originally trained as singer, pianist and orchestal administrator. She is now a decorative artist who combines antique lace with gilding, printing and painting working as an individual and in collaboration with other artists. She is trained in wood graining, marbling, gilding, specialist paint finishes and interior design. She has been awarded medals of excellence and has taught in Further Education for 8 years. She now runs lectures and workshops for both leisure and specilaist groups.

The art of beating gold leaf and gilding goes back to ancient Egypt. For over 22 centuries skilled artisans have exploited the paper thin metal leaf to enrich materials such as wood, metal, marble, leather, textiles - even food and drink. Artist and craftsmen have illuminated manuscripts and icons, decorated noble houses, adorned domes, embellished erotic canvases and gilded chocolate and schnapps. Gold leaf continues to be used as the ultimate faux decoration and dazzling ornamentation