Budding entrepreneurs and business people are set to realise less is definitely more when internationally renowned artist with a difference, Dr Willard Wigan MBE, visits the city’s Late Late Breakfast.
West Midlands-born Dr Wigan was ridiculed in primary school for not being able to read – in fact, he was told he’d never make anything of his life.
Then suffering undiagnosed dyslexia, he found solace in an ability to make micro-art – something that was only visible under a microscope.
“If people were unable to see my work they were unable to criticise it”, he said.
His microscopic art now changes hands for tens of thousands of pounds and has been exhibited – with the aid of microscopes – all over the world.
Willard Wigan’s micro-sculptures are typically placed in the eye of a needle and can be as small as 0.005mm.
He employs a special working method to achieve the world’s smallest artworks – a meditative technique to slow his nervous system and an ability to keep hands as steady as a brain surgeon.
Willard Wigan marked the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II by sculpting the Queen’s portrait on a coffee bean, describing creating the work as “a bit of a challenge because a coffee bean crumbles and is hollow in the middle”.
Everyone from Simon Cowell to Cameron Diaz owns his work.
The monthly Late Late Breakfast gathering is the brainchild of visionary Sheffield businessman Michael Bell and business partner Helen Sweet.
They also run city-based business mentoring school the Results Hub.
Michael Bell said: “Willard Wigan is in demand right across the world and we are incredibly lucky to have him. The Late Late Breakfast audience will be truly inspired by what this man has achieved from such humble beginnings.”
The event is a charity fundraiser for city-based Amy’s House.
The Late Late Breakfast is set to take place at 9am on Friday, June 14th, at Tapton Lodge, Shore Ln, Sheffield S10 3BU and is open to all entrepreneurs and business people.
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