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It's Emma's World - Episode 14 - Artist Willard Wigan

AMFM247 Broadcasting Network

platforms with microscopes. When I looked into the microscope I saw super magnified sculptures that were inside the eyes of sewing needles, on the heads of pins, carved in pencil graphite and even more microscopic things. I was BLOWN away. I saw that Willard needs to reduce his heartbeat to 48 beats per minute to do his work! Willard is autistic. In school teachers and students called him trash because he couldn't read, thanks to his autism. They said he would never amount to much, but he proved them wrong. The man is a genius and highly talented. He comes on to tell his story about how he got into making miniatures and how he holds world records.

48mins

20 Aug 2021

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It's Emma's World - Episode 14 - Artist Willard Wigan

It's Emma's World

platforms with microscopes. When I looked into the microscope I saw super magnified sculptures that were inside the eyes of sewing needles, on the heads of pins, carved in pencil graphite and even more microscopic things. I was BLOWN away. I saw that Willard needs to reduce his heartbeat to 48 beats per minute to do his work! Willard is autistic. In school teachers and students called him trash because he couldn't read, thanks to his autism. They said he would never amount to much, but he proved them wrong. The man is a genius and highly talented. He comes on to tell his story about how he got into making miniatures and how he holds world records.

48mins

20 Aug 2021

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Dr Willard Wigan MBE

The Other Side Of...

One of the world's finest micro sculptors, Dr Willard Wigan MBE is Adrian Goldberg's guest this weekend. He discusses growing up in Wolverhampton and life now in Birmingham.

44mins

23 Jun 2019

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Dame Joan Bakewell, Willard Wigan, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Gary Clarke

Midweek

Lemn Sissay meets broadcaster and writer Dame Joan Bakewell; micro sculptor Willard Wigan; choreographer Gary Clarke and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja.Willard Wigan MBE is a micro sculptor. He creates minute pieces of art, so small they are almost invisible to the naked eye and can only be viewed through a microscope. His materials range from spiders' webs to grains of sand. His latest exhibition, Homecoming, reflects his view of the Black Country where he grew up and features his latest work - a tiny sculpture of Noddy Holder. Willard Wigan Homecoming is at Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton.Dame Joan Bakewell CBE is a broadcaster and writer. In her memoir, Stop the Clocks, she muses on the life she has lived through, how the world has changed and considers the values she will leave behind. She sits in the House of Lords as a Labour peer - Baroness Bakewell of Stockport. She is also president of Birkbeck College, University of London. Stop the Clocks - Thoughts on What I Leave Behind is published by Little, Brown.Gary Clarke is a contemporary dancer and choreographer. He grew up in Grimethorpe in the heart of the Yorkshire coalfields and his new show, Coal, is inspired by the mining industry and the miners' strike. Coal addresses the hard-hitting realities of life down the pits and features a soundscape of traditional brass band music mixed with thunderous machinery. Coal - the True story of an Industry and a Community's Fight for Survival premieres at the DanceXchange in Birmingham and then starts a UK tour.Patricia Kopatchinskaja is a violinist. Born in Moldova, her family emigrated to Austria after the fall of communism. At the age of 17 she entered the Vienna Academy of Music. She is performing with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Festival Hall at an event called Changing Minds which addresses the impact of mental health on classical music and composition.Producer: Paula McGinley.

41mins

3 Feb 2016

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Joy Keys chats with Micro Sculptor Willard Wigan

Saturday Mornings with Joy Keys

Special Guest: Willard Wigan is a sculptor from Birmingham, England, who makes microscopic art. Willard’s micro-sculptures are so minute that they are only visible through a microscope. Each piece commonly sits within the eye of a needle, or on a pin head. Willard’s artwork has been described by many as “the eighth wonder of the world”. Such accolade resulted in him being honoured by HM. Queen Elizabeth II with an MBE for his services to art, which was presented by HRH. Prince Charles in July 2007. Owners of Willard’s work now include:  HRH. Prince Charles, Sir Elton John, Sir Philip Green, Lord Bath, Mike Tyson and Simon Cowell to name but a few.  Willard’s latest piece, the Coronation Crown was requested by HRH Queen Elizabeth II in tribute to her celebration to her Diamond Jubilee. http://www.willard-wigan.com  Special Guest: Horologist Stephen Forsey partner in the Greubel Forsey watch making company. In 1999 Greubel and Forsey began working on a new generation of tourbillon specifically designed to improve the timekeeping of the mechanical watch. Four years later they unveiled "Greubel Forsey" and stunned horological aficionados with their innovative Double Tourbillon 30°, a timepiece clearly demonstrating their twin goals of innovation and excellence. http://www.greubelforsey.comArt Piece 1 is collaboration between Robert Greubel, Stephen Forsey and Willard Wigan, and features one of Wigan’s micro-sculptures, observable through special optics.

19mins

3 Nov 2012

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Microsculpture Willard Wigan

The Works

How steady are your hands? How long would it take you to thread cotton through a sewing needle like this? Some of us are better at it than others. But suppose I asked you to make a sculpture inside the hole at the end of the needle? Well, English artis...

4mins

12 Apr 2011