Today is a sad day for Montsalvat. Friends and family of Matcham Skipper will gather to give him a fond farewell at 3pm today. Matcham passed away last week at the grand old age of 89. He lived and worked at Montsalvat from those early heady days of building and creating under the leadership of Justus Jorgensen. The sadness is palpable. His funeral will be a fitting celebration of his life. David Brown will perform a piece for Shakuhachi flute and Sebastian Jorgensen will play classical guitar. Matcham’s ashes will be buried with those of his wife Myra in the grounds at Montsalvat.
Matcham’s sculptures abound throughout Montsalvat. His beautifully crafted silver jewellery sits in the Residents Gallery. Next week I’ll be compiling photos and stories to honour his passing.