Thursday, 28 July 2016

Last night I dreamt of Lamledra...



Lamledra House is situated in Gorran Haven in Cornwall, set atmospherically a top the cliffs above Vault Beach. This June I had the amazing opportunity to stay at Lamledra House to celebrate my Mums birthday with our family. The views from the house are beautifully rare, unspoilt views where you can't see another house, just a expansive but tranquil bay. Its a quiet place and you can hear the sea at night and the sheep outside who bleet their dulcet tones...

The house itself was built in the built in 1911 from local Pentewan quarry stone, and extended in the 1920s. It was the holiday home of  John Fischer Williams and his wife Marjorie. During the war Marjorie and the girls stayed at Lamledra, painting and writing fascinating letters to her husband in London, as well as diary entries, which can be found in a book called "Letters from Lamledra." John was a barrister and ten years older than Marjorie, so too old to enlist.  He worked in the aliens’ department of the Home Office.
Majorie was an accomplished artist and avid embroider, many of her beautiful creations still adorn the house. Her work can still be found in Falmouth Art Gallery (where you can also find my work exhibiting #plug). Little has changed and the house is refreshingly free of mod-cons and technology. It was interesting as a family friend had many books about the house and it was weird looking at old photos of where you are staying, clarifying how it was very similar to how they lived 100 years ago. 
We all dressed up one evening in honour of the house in ensembles from the 1920's, it was so much fun and everyone had a different take on the era! My cousin is a photographer and got these amazing portraits of everyone in their clobber! 
I did SO MUCH beach combing it was ridiculous, and came back with so much beautiful beach treasure! Love this pink bit below I found...

Every beach has treasure, these flat slate rocks, sea worn shell and beach tumbled plastic will also be used in my work... 
Mr Benedict Bean :-)
One of the necklaces I finished, the photo is taken on one of the vintage plates I found in the cupboard at Lamledra. I gave this necklace to a family friend as she made an amazing meal for everyone one night! And gave me a very good looking rock she had collected from Vault Beach. It is a beaut!  
Me, the necklace and the sheep! MAHHHHHH!!!
Beach to meself
Wildflowers along the coastal path to the village...
Me sat outside making jewellery at Lamledra... 
Boat at Fowey
Me and me bestie on the swings :-)

My friend Gemma runs Charlestown Gallery, and she was away and asked me to run her gallery for the day, which was so much fun!
Some of my favourite finds laid out...  sea glass, sea pottery and beach tumbled raw amethyst...

Pahhhhsty :-) Theres an amazing pasty shop right next to Gemma's gallery...

I met so many lovely customers at Charlestown Gallery, including a lovely local lady called Tori who had seen my post on Facebook about running the gallery and had brought down all her stunning pieces of sea glass and sea pottery so that I could make her a custom necklace, bracelet and earrings. Her collection was stunning, and more astonishingly had been found at a beach I would not normally associate with having a high yield of sea glass. She told me her secret was digging for it! Amazing! 
And here are the finished pieces for her...



If you would like me to work with your personal sea glass collection please get in touch at beachshackproject@yahoo.co.uk so I can make you a special piece :-) 

As I mentioned I managed to elope Cornwall with many bulging carrier bags full of beach treasure, and I've been busy making for 3 of my galleries, Rye, Stacks and Ropewalk... Lots of new pieces will be winging their way to these lovely places ready for August :-) 
Heres some of my new pieces I made with the treasure I harvested from my bountiful beach combing in Kernow...



My favourite necklace is this one... It has mint milk glass, turquoise beach tumbled plastic and candy floss pink sea pottery :-) 
Goodbye, until next time :-) 
















Saturday, 28 May 2016

Artists Open House 2016 - Ditchling Trail..

 Last Sunday me and my sister went to explore the Open Houses at Ditching, an area I'm ashamed to say I haven't visited before, to look at artists work and explore the village. Ditching is a stunning place to visit, a typical quaint english village with timber buildings and flowers everywhere; Wisteria was lunging out of peoples gardens and wildflowers lined the roads. 
We jumped on the train to Hassocks and then walked 20 minutes along the main road to Ditching... 
We went to see the Typography exhibition "Interrobang" at venue 2, which showcases the best of contemporary letterpress. The exhibition marks 100 years since Edward Johnston created a typeface for London Underground while living amongst a community of artists and craftsmen in Ditchling. I love a good font, they can be a very powerful way of branding text, and there were some excellent examples on show. 


We saw Kate Sherman's house (1), a beautiful venue and beautiful work. Seemingly normal urban and country scenes are captured by Kate and transformed into ethereal and nostalgic images; you feel like a voyeur capturing a poignant moment in time. Some of her pieces are actually blurred, like a photo taken from a moving car, conveying movement and change. I really loved her work, and Kate is a friendly warm host, welcoming you into her home. 


I was bowled over by the fantastic and innovative work of ceramist Lisa Jane Garton, whose work I found at venue 5. Its always exciting to find an artist doing something refreshingly different, and I loved her use of colour, especially the gold bling. Her big bold statement pieces for the home are both playful and chic. Love!!! 


The Blue Shed was a fascinating venue to visit, set in several buildings and continuing in the sprawling, apparently never ending, gardens, Peppered in-between the beautiful flowers were dramatic sculptures in glass and metal...
This amazing print below is massive, the printing block it was carved from was leaning against a wall outside. It is a personal print by the artist David Browne and the shipping containers are all references to his friends and family, but he is happy to take commissions for a personalised version. Apparently a steamroller will be used to make another print of it as part of the festival in Brighton! 

Ali Stringell is showcasing a fascinating plethora of work at venue 6. Her exciting art uses a juxtaposition of materials and textures to create jewellery, homewares and sculptures, all in her signature style. 
I love the way she shys away from traditional dainty jewellery and has created some quirky and unusual pieces, some using found objects. I had to buy a spoon from her, with a driftwood handle! 






Anyway, we had a lovely day exploring the creativity in Ditching, and highly recommend this trail, its definitely been my favourite this year. I feel like because it is outside the city it may be overlooked, so please make time to go and visit! The end :-)
Goodbye, until next time...











Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Artists Open Houses 2016 - Brighton

So, its been a while since I updated anything here (seems like most of my blog posts seem to start like that now!) but I thought I would do a little post about the Artists Open Houses which kicked off this weekend in Brighton...
West Pier...

Vicky Lindo at "The Dog Show"

You can find my work being exhibited at the beautiful Claremont Hotel, on 2nd Avenue in Hove. There is an amazing collection of 40 artists work there. They are open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday in May, 11:30 - 6pm. I've made lots of new candy coloured sea glass pieces for the show. 


L-R top, Freyelli, Beach Shack Project
L-R bottom, Jim Pilston, Unknown


There are lots of fabulous Open Houses to go and see, I went down whilst the lovely Betty Shek was setting up her exhibition at Brighton Fishing Quarter Gallery, "Betty and Friends". Betty is displaying her stunning jewellery and artwork, the lovely Jasmine Mercer has her illustrations, Naomi Frances and her beautiful stained glass, Lisa from Lubilou with her fabulous ceramics, Gill Copeland and her amazing photography, and Bee Toa who is just back from a sellout exhibition in Tokyo with her stunning illustrations. 

Top L-R, Naomi Frances, Lubilou
Bottom L-R, Bee Toa, Betty Shek 
Beautiful ceramics by Frances Doherty
Had a wonder round a few open houses on Sunday and saw so many lovely things, I especially loved Frances Doherty's amazing botanical ceramics. 
Also I have kindly been given a big bag of beach tumbled coral by the lovely Lisa at Lubilou ceramics, which she found whilst beach combing on holiday. I've made this necklace and bracelet so far, I love all the different shapes, sizes and types of coral to work with. They are both available to buy in my Folksy Shop here...





Goodbye, until next time :-)