Having just finished my third weekend Art Fair in the last few weeks, I am reflecting about how lucky I am.
Lucky to have support from a wonderfully supportive community of friends and interested visitors, who are always interested in visiting, having a chat about and buying my work.
And SUPER lucky as a relative newbie to have been welcomed in by the local fellow ABCAT artists (and others) who have generously offered their advice about products, display and pricing. I have learnt a lot during the last few months. THANK YOU!
Finally, it is very hard work to prepare work, set up and keep energy up during these weekend events and I am in awe of these talented people who work so hard with such a cheerful approach.
I am tired today, but feeling very happy.
I have sold lots of these pincushions now.
Not only are they a helpful way to store your pins and needles, they also look great on the mantlepiece!
I’ll have them, along with lots of other textile artworks and seasonal decorations/gifts, at next weekend’s Art and Craft event at Attenborough Nature Reserve on 30th November and 1st December.
Along with 11 other local artists and makers with a wide variety of products, in a beautiful location.
More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/482202992396679/
I am planning to run some workshops from my kitchen table next year.
I can accommodate a maximum of 5 people at a time and the workshops will be 3 hours long.
I will be offering workshops on:
Vintage Paper Roses
Meditative hand embroidery
All materials and individual tuition will be provided.
Tea/coffee and home-made cakes are included.
The cost is £15 per person.
I’m happy to run bespoke events at times to suit individual clients who may want to come along a group for a special occasion.
Gift vouchers are available.
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I can’t get enough of wild flowers and I find the medium of wet felting and hand embroidery a most descriptive and textural way of depicting them.
This artwork contains some of my favourites, including cornflowers and buttercups.
I have made paper roses out of vintage sheet music for years so when I saw an old road map that was going to be thrown out, I decided to make some regional roses and sell them by areas.
They went down well at the ABCAT Art Fair last week. A bit of fun!
The miracle of the beautiful quince tree given to me on my 50th birthday by a wonderful friend.
6 years on and 21kg yield this year.
63 jars of quince jelly already in stores, 30 jars of quince & date chutney and 10kg of quince cheese maturing – all going to local greengrocer/deli Hallam’s under the brand ‘Grove Avenue Quince’.
I am hoping to be tottering up the road with hundreds of jars in the years to come as the yield increases!
Very much hope to see you at one of these events in the run up to Christmas…
I will have new work at each event and will veer towards seasonal as time progresses!
Sunday 27th October, 11am to 4pm – Attenborough Village Hall, NG9 5HZ. 18 ABCAT artists all together under one roof.
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November, both 11am to 4pm – Red Lion Pottery, 228 High Road, NG9 5DB – Alan Birchall’s beautiful pottery, Helen Domleo’s gorgeous jewellery and my textile Art & Crafts.
Saturday 30th November 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1st December 10am to 3.30pm – Attenborough Nature Reserve. 12 local artists for a Winter Arts & Crafts Fair.
I created a wet felted/hand embroidered depiction of Beverley Minster.
I grew up in Beverley and still go back every few weeks to visit my parents.
Beverley Minster stands out of the landscape from miles away in many directions.
I am lucky to have the amazing Jo Beattie as a regular client.
She explores the importance of toys in childhood and uses shadow to depict the important influence in memories.
I have been with her as she has been working towards the Knit and Stitch shows this Autumn and her exhibition is going to be absolutely amazing.
More info about Jo’s work at www.jobeattie.com
I made this picture from wet felt, overlaid with applique leaves in muted Autumn colours.
I’ll be showing this, along with new work, at our Attenborough Village Hall ABCAT Art Fair on Sunday October 27th.