… the Trail venues are open until the end of Bank Holiday Monday, grab a map here.
I packed up my studio last Thursday and headed on down to the edge of Herefordshire for the first Worcestershire Arts Trail:
I set up at Blue Ginger Gallery and spent the weekend demonstrating my working processes to the Trail’s visitors. I was nice to be out on location, being away from the workshop gave me a little extra freedom and the shock of being somewhere different brought out some new ideas:
Which will be moving towards finished things soon …
I stayed out in the fresh air for the first 3 days of the Trail before being driven inside by some truly British Bank Holiday rain on Monday. Which just goes to show that you can’t plan everything. Still, the sun came out in the end (thankfully, just in time to pack up) and I bid farewell to Blue Ginger – and their adorable kune kune’s:
The Trail was set up to promote Arts and Craftspeople who are hidden away in this gorgeous little county – and to get people out, discovering what’s going on locally. With 24 venues to explore it’s a perfect excuse to brush up on your map reading skills and get out adventuring! Here’s the map: (click to download)
and do remember to call at Blue Ginger, Venue 15 for jewellery, batik and some’s of Sue’s very fine cake!
I opened my new studio up yesterday for Centrepiece’s annual Open Studios. I really wasn’t sure what to expect so I was pleasantly suprised by the steady stream of visitors who came around, had a look at what I do and occasionally watched me solder something (but mostly watched me drink tea).
I was also suprised by how much I enjoyed it. I mean, I like talking to people at show when I sell my work but then I’m very much in a ‘retailing’ situation then. This was nice because when they expressed an interest in my work I could show them works in progress, things that were half made so that they could see the construction, or even, in one case get some advice on what I was currently making. It felt a lot more friendly and informal being in my own space and no one really minded that I was covered in workshop dust – today it just added to my artisan charm.
I also got to use the day as a little guilt free experimentation time – I had a play with a couple of ideas for expanding a new range I’m working on:
and got instant feedback on it from the people coming around, which was very nice indeed. I’m taking my bench on the road next weekend for the Worcestershire Arts Trail – so I’ll see how these pieces develop out in the Worcestershire sunshine.
Well, the closing date for entries for the first Worcestershire Arts Trail was today and what a response! I know there are a few still winging their way through the post (thanks to articles in the local papers last week) but here’s the stack I worked my way through today:
it’s going to be a great event, and I’m so excited about helping to start something new like this. Roll on May!