The Whistler, Matcham Skipper 1922-2011
I wish I'd met Matcham Skipper. His farewell gave me a glimpse of him. Whistler, story teller, father of many.
I've seen his work of course. He was a prolific sculptor and silversmith. It's everywhere at Montsalvat. A glance around the Great Hall during the farewell and it seemed that every second person was wearing a piece of Matcham's jewellery. He had been at Montsalvat since it's very beginning. It was home, workplace and his inspiration. I've been wondering for several weeks how I could do him justice. Then this evening I had a look at the interactive piece prepared by the Leader newspaper. There's footage of Matcham whistling, Matcham in his studio and Matcham overseeing the work on his final sculpture. It's brilliant! Watch that and you get the flavour of him, much better than any words I could put together. So I suggest that you click on this link to enjoy the Matcham experience and then come back to have a look at the photos below.
While I was writing this today I was contacted by a family member. I hope to speak to other members of the family this week and will bring you any insights in a few days.