Saturday, 27 July 2013

Recommended Read: Tree Wisdom

This is my current favourite book for inspiration. Tree Wisdom by Jacqueline Memory Paterson is full of interesting information, myths and legends about different British trees. It's a fantastic reference book to dip into if you are in need of some ideas. This book was recommended to me by Maria Lalic, a textile artist I met at Wonderwool Wales this year. Her beautiful felt artwork is definitely worth a look too!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Patty Griffin

Last night I took my mum to see Patty Griffin at Glee Club, Birmingham.

We had a fantastic time and Patty Griffin is even better live.

She was accompanied by David Pulkingham, who was also brilliant on guitar, tambourine and vocals.

If you don't know her music, I really recommend it. You might want to start with this song, a collaboration with Robert Plant, from her most recent album.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Art in Action

Another arty visit! This time to my favourite art fair, Art in Action at Waterperry Gardens.

Here are a few of my favourites from the day:

 I really like these ceramic pieces by Brendan Hesmondhalgh. His work also made it to the 'Best of the Best' tent.

Another artist who featured in the 'Best of the Best' tent: Lizzie Farey with her willow sculptures.

My absolute favourite of the day has to be Claire Cawte. She makes beautiful felt pieces and prints natural materials onto handmade paper and silk. I am now the proud owner of the beautiful rose leaf scarf you can see hanging up on the wall just behind Claire's head!

I think a special mention also has to go to the absolutely delicious lunch we had from The Arabica Food and Spice Company. This is my lovely salady lunch with Lebanese lemonade. I'm afraid the Turkish Delight we had for pudding didn't last long enough to photograph!

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Art in Clay

Today we spent a lovely day in the sunshine at Art in Clay, which is held every year at Hatfield House.

Here are a few pictures of some of my favourite pieces of work. I got a bit snap happy and didn't write down everyone's names but you can find out more about all of the artists exhibiting, and see examples of their work, at the link above!

Helen Nottage was there again this year. She is always one of my favourites. You can find out more about her here:

This was the first year we'd seen Janna Edwards at the show. She makes really interesting work featuring casts of her own feet mixed with lots of different types of clay and stone from the Dorset coastline. More about her here: