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I immigrated to the USA from England over thirty years ago, with my husband and four teenage children. Twenty years ago we very proudly became American citizens. We initially came to America to establish the London Brass Rubbing Centre at The Washington National Cathedral, that wonderful gothic style cathedral up on Mount Saint Alban overlooking the City of Washington D.C. We spent more than twelve years at the Cathedral, establishing our workshop and exhibition for visitors young and old alike. We had more than seventy facsimilie memorial plates on display, most of them cast from the walls and floors of English churches and catherdals but also some from France, Belgium and Germany. Soon after arriving I began to develop a "Hands-On-History" program for local school children who were taking Social Studies at…

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  • Joined May 10, 2010

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About

**THESE ARE NOT PRINTS**

I immigrated to the USA from England over thirty years ago, with my husband and four teenage children. Twenty years ago we very proudly became American citizens. We initially came to America to establish the London Brass Rubbing Centre at The Washington National Cathedral, that wonderful gothic style cathedral up on Mount Saint Alban overlooking the City of Washington D.C. We spent more than twelve years at the Cathedral, establishing our workshop and exhibition for visitors young and old alike. We had more than seventy facsimilie memorial plates on display, most of them cast from the walls and floors of English churches and catherdals but also some from France, Belgium and Germany. Soon after arriving I began to develop a "Hands-On-History" program for local school children who were taking Social Studies at 6th and 7th grade. By using the history behind the memorial engravings and the lovely pictures of ladies and gentlemen who lived in the Middle Ages, this formed the basis for my program.


The engravings came to be refered to as 'brasses' because they were originally formed from sheets of latten, a mixture of copper and zinc ,that had a brass look about it.
The process of brass rubbing... taking a black wax compound, known as 'heelball', and rubbing over a stretched paper, came about probably early in the twentieth century.
I now use metallic wax compounds, usually in gold, silver or copper over a special rag paper.


I have found the rubbing process great fun to do and the results not only make a wonderful historical record of that time and place but, more particularly, it creates a beautiful and original wall hanging. By often combining the colors I am able to emphasis the different materials worn by the historical figures.
I am particularly proud of the Celtic Collection. These are a group of engravings that have often been taken from woodcuts and line drawings from Celtic manuscripts and are very popular with those who study and enjoy that important part of history.

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