Herts Open Studios 2014 (my listing is no 53). My Swedish man in the moon lantern is smiling away to welcome people (though it's too late for crayfish) and I've just had my first visitor of the day.
Manning the studio for the advertised hours has brought it home to me that actually I don't spend as much time in here as I could. It's stimulating just being in here, surrounded by all the stuff I've accumulated over the years. Yesterday I got my box of beach pickings out and just handling these strange bits of detritus makes ideas come.
Sunday, 14 September 2014
Saturday, 6 September 2014
|End wall of my studio|
I've got tea and biscuits (most importantly) plus loads of paintings, collages, prints and cards. There are the mugs I've designed too. I really hope someone comes and buys one of those as I like them so much.
These are the times when my studio will be open:
And if you're in St Albans during September, there's a 'Secret Postcard' art sale by members of Herts Visual Arts Forum, including me, at Courtyard Cafe. Lots of little original artworks, all priced at £20, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care. The postcards are on display in a back room, so do ask if you don't immediately find your way to them.
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Vectis in Stockton-on-Tees. Vectis is the largest toy auction house in the world and while we were there we were lucky enough to be shown round.
|John said that old dolls like these are no longer so sought after -- I'll have them...|
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
|A perfect idea of a holiday -- in Canterbury (not my holiday, though....)|
|funny window display in Rye -- I covet that Pinocchio...|
|Sad union jack and lucky horseshoe in Rye|
|Cut-out clown at the amusement arcade in Hastings|
|The Towner in Eastbourne|
|I've borrowed this photo from http://nillyhall-maidinkent.blogspot.co.uk/ -- very nice blog, worth checking out|
Hastings is almost my favourite of the south-coast towns. If you like vintage (and I do, I do, in spite of my outburst above), it has the best vintage shops, including the excellent and unusual Hendy's Home Stores (closed on the day we visited).
I really like the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings too. They have a good drawing exhibition on at the moment (until 15th October 2014). And I like the rattly little miniature train that goes by underneath the gallery windows and the views out to the blackened beach where the old boats are pulled up.
|Not everyone loves the Jerwood, it seems|
|Superior sandwiches and drinks at Loaf in Sandgate -- worth a stop. Finding the loo is like immersive theatre...|
|Old plank in Rye -- now you've spoiled it...|
We had a special meal out at Rocksalt in Folkestone and sat in the window right beside a huge bamboo structure that was being built for Folkestone Triennial, which is about to start. It's called the 'Electric Line' and is by Gabriel Lester. I have to say I don't like it at all -- I find it forbidding and over-busy, a cage for jungle prisoners. While we were eating our meal, some big naughty boys had climbed inside and were delighted to be watched by us. Later on they left, giving us the evil eye as they went past the restaurant -- it spooked me. The local paper doesn't seem sure about the sculpture either.
Well that's nearly all I have to tell, apart from the fact that we had one hour in Rochester on the way home and one hour was nowhere near enough to see all that was to be seen in a wonderful old town. I'll definitely have to go back, if only for Baggins Books, a vast secondhand bookshop.
Sunday, 20 July 2014
|'Make Hey!' notebook by Pip Lincolne (nice Aussie designer). Current no. 1 unused notebook|
|Extra nice Peter Blake notebook from the Holburne Museum in Bath -- always interesting|
Upcoming year: Use diary from:
2015 2009 (You have to watch out for leap years as well as what day the year starts on)
2017 2006 or 1995
2018 2007 or 2001
2019 2013 or 2002
Great, by the end of the decade I'll have had the opportunity to re-use two whole diaries! Who knew years were so pernickety! Actually I make my own diary each year now, so, let's face it, they are never going to get used.
|This is my current diary|
|I love this trash-paperback-sized beauty by Rose Gridneff|