Made By Mrs M

Dulwich Artists Open House 2017

Art, Ceramics, Events, Exhibition, Inspiration, LondonKate Marsden

I love Dulwich Open House - it's basically my idea of heaven and I wish it were on every weekend - partly because I never manage to get very far! Last year I did an epic route taking in Sydenham Hill, Lordship Lane and then down to Forest Hill (when it was nearly 30 degrees), this year's route was governed by a combination of wanting to see some different people and which trains were running...

Ceramics by Mimi Joung and textile art by Melanie Bowles at Julia McKenzie's house

Ceramics by Mimi Joung and textile art by Melanie Bowles at Julia McKenzie's house

And I only managed to take in four locations! Anyone who knows me knows I like to chat... First stop (after getting lost - if you ever do Dulwich folks make sure you only loosely rely on the map in the brochure - you need your phone as well, unless you know everywhere like the back of your hand!) was the lovely Snowden Flood.

Snowden was showing her work at a lovely house on South Croxted Road and had a curated selection of other artist's on display too - Scarves from Karen Mabon, Sulpture from Dido Crosby, Jewellery from Clara Francis and Prints by Hannah Coulson.

Hannah Coulson - I loved the print on the bottom left but it'd sold. Still thinking about it through so might need to get Hannah to make me one!

Hannah Coulson - I loved the print on the bottom left but it'd sold. Still thinking about it through so might need to get Hannah to make me one!

I was there for the best part of an hour before we headed off to West Norwood. First stop was Michelle House...

Textile Art by Michelle House - Furniture by Mandie Beuzeval

Textile Art by Michelle House - Furniture by Mandie Beuzeval

Michelle was showing her beautiful, colourful work alongside some pretty gorgeous furniture by Mandie Beuzeval. Oh and she had a lovely yellow living room too!

Next stop was next door and the envy inducing end of garden studio belonging to Julia McKenzie. I'd "known" Julia online for years but we'd never met before and I loved her studio where I kept spotting more interesting things - I may also have shopped a little (see below).

Julia McKenzie's Studio
Mimi Joung at Julia McKenzie

Mimi Joung at Julia McKenzie

Julia was showing her work alongside that of her husband Robert McKenzie (stunning detailed paintings), wonderful stitched collages by Leonieke Kormelink, and Melanie Bowles and Mimi Joung as seen in the first image in this post. So again, I stayed there for ages!

As with last year, this was the point at which I started to flag! I headed down the hill to Bainbridge Studios and put my feet up in Ray Stanbrook's studio for a few minutes (or closer to an hour - there was cake, what could I do?!).

Ray Stanbrook

Ray Stanbrook

I had a little nose around the rest of the studios there too and managed a little light shopping! You can see all my purchases from the day below.

Cards from Julia McKenzie, tea towells from Ray Stanbrook, fabric scraps from Kangan Arora (at Bainbridge Studios) and crochet garland from Paola Moglia (also at Bainbridge Studios).

Cards from Julia McKenzie, tea towells from Ray Stanbrook, fabric scraps from Kangan Arora (at Bainbridge Studios) and crochet garland from Paola Moglia (also at Bainbridge Studios).

There were other places on my list but my legs were tired and the train home was calling.

Keep your eyes peeled for details of next year's event here. Maybe I'll manage to attend both weekends next time!