Did you know I have moved‽ To Studio 2, Haddenham Arts Centre, the perfect space for a thousand blankets and an industrial sewing machine. Also home to other working artists, a gallery and a café, open 10 – 4 Tues to Sat. I plan to be here during those times but if making a special journey message or ring as there will be inevitable interruptions. Free machine workshops are already being booked, do get in touch for details.
In other news; on Saturday October 23 I will be at Made Holt showing work at the Makers Table, there will be lampshades, stools, cushions, wraps and pincushions available to buy from this very beautiful store full of inspirational work.
The following weekend Studio 2 will be open as part of Haddenham Arts Centre’s Handmade Christmas Market, 30 0ctober. Come and join me for something mulled and a mince pie, there will be greenery, twinkly lights and music (and cushions…)
Then…Nov 17 – 20, Ely Cathedral Christmas Fair
The orange lights will be suspended high above the stand to make sure you can’t miss me, more greenery and lots of other lovely stall holders.
A recent week at the Quay Gallery, Snape Maltings with Lyz Gardner made a very jolly change from the fens. The boys had their birthdays, there was a brilliant holiday by the sea during which I tried to remember poker hands (failed, lost the house, had to come home) and…we all went to a wedding.
It is the season of Cambridge Open Studios!
I would like to warmly invite you to our Open Studio on 17/18th and 24/25th July from 11am to 6pm. I am exhibiting for the first time this year with 7 other artist makers in Rick Forward’s New from Old workshop as part of Cambridge Open Studios.
There is no paper guide but you can find all the information you need at https://www.camopenstudios.co.uk/info/cambridge-open-studios-guide-2021, you can also download the Cambridge Open Studios app.
We are Studio number 114
On July 31st you can join me at the inaugural Ely Cathedral Green Fair on Cross Green where you will find eco-friendly stalls selling home-made, locally produced artisan products, plus vegan specialities, local beers and ciders. It is also the last day to see Luke Jerram’s Gaia inside the Cathedral.
Thanks for reading this far, if you return towards the end of July I will share news of my forthcoming move… Studio 2 has a nice ring to it don’t you think.
The weekend began with fern leaves – on the machine rather than in the garden, which despite being overwhelmingly green is sadly lacking in ferns; disappointing as ferns have definitely been purchased and planted in the past. Survival in this garden is perilous and you have to be tough so I fear the ferns have failed to thrive. However before the end of the bank holiday there will be fern cushions with moths and beetles alongside a bird with a bear, curlews, bitterns, herons, foxes and hares.
All in preparation for Holt Market on Sunday 6 June, the first outing of the year – I will be at Shirehall Plain, Holt from 10am – 4pm with cushions, shades and stools all under a very pink gazebo.
Adventures continue the following weekend at Haddenham Arts Centre; join me at the Handmade Art Market, Saturday 12 June 10am – 4pm.
Garden and gallery are open with emergency rations available in the fully licensed cafe.
July is the month of Cambridge Open Studios. I am delighted to be exhibiting with Riverside Arts, (number 114 in the Open Studio guide) alongside Rick and Caroline Forward, Jeremy Peake, Ditty Dokter, Gordon Chesterman, Ken Murray and Barbara McGirr.
A feast of delights: furniture, oil and cold wax painting, mixed media painting, woven wall hangings and tapestries, ceramics, letterpress printing, botanical paintings and collage, mixed media paintings, screen print and embroidery. This is a working studio so visitors will be able to view where and how the furniture is made, and have a go at printing a poster on the printing press. Open on 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th July 11am to 6pm, and by appointment during the week in between.
This is not all but it will do for now. There will updates of future developments in timely fashion although I must just mention Snape Maltings with Lyz Gardner, 2 – 8 September at The Quay Gallery.
I hope you enjoy the sun today and soak up some vitamin D. I am about to make a calming cup of mint tea, write some lists and consider the merits of a garden dominated by Dandelions and Alexanders before threading up the machine with green thread and drawing a line. xx