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Eduard Bersudsky was
born in 1939 in Leningrad, USSR (St Petersburg, Russia).
He started carving wood in his late twenties, making
large wooden sculptures for the parks in Leningrad. He
has earned a living as a metal worker, electrician, night
watchman, stoker and then skipper of a barge. He has no
official art education. His main influences are Ernst
Barlach, Hieronymus Bosch, and Jean Tinguely.
SHARMANKA KINETIC GALLERY
Tim Stead was born in 1952 in Cheshire, England, and died on April 21st 2000, a few short months after the completion of the Clock Tower. He studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic (1974), where he discovered his passion for wood. He did a post.dip. at Glasgow School of Art (1975), where they had to stop him from bringing timber into the art school as it was threatening to damage the structure of the famous building. His main commissions included Cafe Gandolfi Glasgow, the Kirk of St Nicholas Aberdeen, the Peephole in the Gallery of Modem Art Glasgow. In 1986 he launched the Axes for Trees, which consisted in making one wooden axe head for each day of the year, raising money to plant trees. This led to the creation of Borders Community Woodlands. He was the co-founder of Borders Forest Trust and co-founder of Woodschool, a training centre for young designer-makers and a timber resource centre. He lived in the Scottish Borders with his wife Maggy Lenert.
Annica Sandström was
born in 1954 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. She attended the
School of Art Craft and Design Stockholm 1975-1976 and
did a training course at Orrefors Glass School, where she
met David Kaplan, a glass artist from New York who had
studied at the Edinburgh College of Art. They decided to
live in Scotland. In 1978 they created Lindean Mill
Glass, in Selkirk, Scottish Borders.
Jürgen Tübbecke was
born in 1942 in Germany. He finished his apprenticeship
as a watch & clockmaker in 1961. He learned his craft
in a small watchmakers shop and studied at the
Horological School in Hamburg. He worked as a trainee in
the ROAMER watch factory in Switzerland for 3 years.
Emigrating to South Africa in 1964 he worked for the
OMEGA watch factories and importers. Most of his work at
that time was watch repairing. Electronic Sports timing
for OMEGA allowed him to travel throughout South Africa
from one sports event to another. He moved from South
Africa to the Scottish Borders in 1979. In Galashiels he
started a clock restoration workshop, repairing, but also
designing and making clocks. His first commission in 1980
was to build a clock for Cafe Gandolfi in Glasgow. He is
currently working on his 33rd clock.
Tatyana Jakovskaya was born in 1947 in Leningrad, USSR (St Petersburg, Russia). She studied at the Leningrad Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography (1971), and worked as a theatre critic and theatre director (theatre-studio "Tchetyre Okoshka" She worked as deputy art director of the Lensovet theatre from 1980-1985 (literature department) In 1988 she met Eduard Bersudsky and knew that she had met her greatest artistic challenge: together they created Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, a practice run for the Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery they founded in Glasgow in 1995. She is artistic director, bookkeeper, marketing director, purchase manager and translator.
SHARMANKA KINETIC GALLERY
Maggy Lenert was born in 1949 in Luxembourg. Although she was forever drawing and doodling, she opted for a safe carrier in languages, studying English and Italian at Strasbourg University (1975). She came to Scotland to practice her English and met Tim Stead. Together they settled in the Scottish Borders. In 1980 she founded European Language Lab, specialising in intensive language tuition in industry, and running French courses for children. In 1990 she decided to study Russian. She travelled to St Petersburg and had a momentous encounter with Eduard Bersudsky and Tatyana Jakovskaya. She gave up full-time teaching in 1994 and started drawing again - illustrations, cartoons, trompe-l'oeil window painting. After Tim's death she has become a manager of The Tim Stead Workshop
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