The lovely Saltaire Arts Trail event is on this coming bank holiday weekend. I am opening my studio at The Butterfly Rooms as part of the Open Houses trail – we’re number 20 on the map. We shall be open 10 – 5 Saturday, Sunday, Monday (27th- 29th May). Do come along and see the space I work in. I will have a variety of framed and unframed work available, as well as books and cards etc.
If you’ve never been to Saltaire then this is the perfect excuse to visit the World Heritage Site, have a look in all sorts of buildings and houses in the village, meet some lovely people and have a generally arty time – I am a little biased as I was involved in organising the event for 5 years!
I have recently taken a new studio, just round the corner from home, which means I can make better use of my working day. It is above The Butterfly Rooms in Saltaire and there are a few of us with studios, which are open to visit during shop opening hours and when the residents are there.
I still have a space at the Keighley Art Studios but this is mainly to store things (as the new place isn’t very big) and I am now working day to day out of the Saltaire studio.
This weekend Keighley Art Studios are opening the doors to visitors between 10am and 4pm, Saturday and Sunday. I will be there on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday with my studio open and it will be lovely to welcome visitors there. I have lots of framed work up and there will be a variety of studio holders’ work to see: paintings, upholstery, ceramics, sculpture, prints . . . and no doubt there will be plenty of tea and cake.
The studios are in:
Unit G8, Keighley Business Centre, Knowle Mill, South Street, Keighley, BD21 1SY.
I will be opening my studio in Keighley on Tuesday 25th November and Saturday 6th December between 11am and 4pm. I will have some of the Tide Marks work up in our ‘gallery’ space and you will be able to see current work in progress. Directions should be viewable here. Email me if you want any further information about visiting.
We’re holding the last of our Open Studios events this Sunday between 11 and 4. As well as my studio (full of a range of finished work and work in progress) there will be ceramics, painting, bookbinding, letter press printing, coffee, tea and scrummy home-made cake – all are welcome.
I will be moving studios in the next week or so to a different space in a nearby town. So after tomorrow I will be packing everything up ready to move to the new place.
Bradford Open For Art or Open Studios is well under way now with just one more day of events. Yesterday saw pretty dismal weather but today the sun shone and that seemed to make all the difference to the numbers knocking on the door. I will be open again tomorrow between 11 and 5 at 28 Highfield Terrace, Shipley. There is a cluster of other venues nearby so plenty to look at.
There is finished work to see, work in progress (on the kitchen table – see below) and my studio in the basement is available for a poke around. There is cake made and a kettle on the boil…
In a couple of weeks I’m going to be involved in Bradford’s first city-wide open studios event. This takes place over the extended jubilee bank holiday weekend and sees all sorts of different exhibitions and open studios during the 4 days.
My house and studio will be open to visitors on Sunday 3rd to Tuesday 5th June from 11am – 5pm. There are various other venues nearby, including Hannah, Hugh and Claire showing just in the next street.
I’ve written a blog post about what a rewarding experience open studios can be here.
I’ve made deliveries of work today to the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe for their Craft Open Exhibition, which runs from Saturday 5th
and to 6 Harold Place, the Open House I’m showing in as part of the Saltaire Arts Trail from 5-7th May.
I also have some work going up at the Saltaire Visitor Information Centre as part of the build up the the Arts Trail, which was an unexpected but lovely invitation to show work in another venue.
I spent last weekend at Stroud International Textiles Festival. It was a weekend so full of inspiring and exciting things that I can’t even begin to describe it, I just haven’t the time, so a quick round up will have to do.
On Saturday I went on the ‘textile trail’, visiting the studios of:
weaver, Tim Parry-Williams
textile artist, Matthew Harris (whose wife Cleo Mussi I interviewed for my dissertation about her gardening and her practice – the garden was looking as lovely as I remember)
weaver, Nick Ozanne
textile and collaborative group, Studio Seven
dressmaker and ethical sourcer, Dorothy Reglar
weaver, Sarah Beadsmoore
Each was as interesting as the next, but all in different ways and all so much richer an experience from actually being able to talk to the artist in their own space. As is often the case with these events you feel you have to cram as much as possible in when actually it might be better to just visit one or two places and really savor them. This would avoid reaching saturation point!
On Sunday I attended the ‘Off the Loom’ symposium, coordinated by Laura Thomas. Another day full of inspiration from a number of talented and successful makers/designers/artists, all pushing the boundaries of weave in different and interesting ways.