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2 Minutes with... Georgie St Clair

Art, Business, Drawing, Inspiration, Painting, PhotographyKate Marsden

I’ve been following Georgie St Clair on Instagram for ages. Her images never fail to make me smile, and her unique, beautiful artwork literally stands out from the page! Read on for a little dose of floral inspiration…

Hello Georgie! Who are you and what do you do?

Hello! I’m an artist and illustrator living in Brighton with my gorgeous 3 kids and hubby. I create floral and botanical art and illustrations, created using real flowers and foliage. I sell my prints online and work with a variety of clients across the world. My latest client was in South Korea. They found me all thanks to the power of the internet and Instagram - which I’m slightly obsessed with!
Why do you love what you do?

Lately I have been finding myself feeling so grateful for what I do. It really is a dream come true; a dream I’ve had for a very long time (I’ve just turned 40 so it’s been years in the making). My creative business really only started in September 2016 when I decided to go freelance.

Now, I make beautiful things everyday from flowers and foliage - what’s not to love?! I love being my own boss, being accountable only to my clients, customers and myself. And importantly I can work around my 3 children.

What inspired you to start creating your beautiful illustrations incorporating real flowers?

When my daughter was born (she is now 4), my little treat during those early days with a newborn baby was a simple vase of fresh flowers.  I also started drawing again, during her nap times. I’d left my drawing board on the dining room table one day and a wilting flower dropped onto the drawing. It looked so pretty and voila an obsession was born!

I also discovered Instagram around this time, so started sharing my creative experiments and collages. People seemed to like what I was doing which gave me the confidence to carry on.

If you could collaborate with anyone (dead or alive!) who would it be?

The first person that comes to mind is Frida Kahlo. I discovered her as a teenager and have loved her ever since. Strong yet vulnerable. Original and bold both in her art and in life. And she could rock a flower crown like no other! She fascinates me. Along with Audrey Hepburn she’s one of the influences for my illustrated character ‘Sassy Du Fleur’

I’d also like to create a huge installation using real flowers and one of my portrait illustrations, so if there’s any florists out there who are up for an artistic challenge, get in touch ;)

What exciting plans do you have for the next year?

Too many to list - but that’s my problem. I have too many ideas, ambitions and plans. So my first plan is to organise myself!

Latterly I have translated my illustrations and floral designs into personalised products and homewares, from phone cases to cushions. I soft launched the phone cases in June and they have been really well received so far. I’ll be launching notebooks and cushions next. I plan to expand the ranges even further and move into wholesaling and art licensing. Maybe even sign up to my first trade show. Watch this space!

Thank you so much! You can see more of Georgie's work on her website and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

 

 

All the Fun of Open Studios!

Art, Drawing, Events, Exhibition, Painting, Pattern Design, Studios, TextilesKate Marsden

A slightly belated end of open studios post for you! We had a brilliant second weekend (you can read about the first one here) and a lovely celebratory get together afterwards. A few more images from our stop on the trail are below. The dates for 2018 have now been set so get them in your diaries - 23/24 June and 30 June/1 July 2018 - see you there!

Claire Chandler's Studio

Claire Chandler's Studio

My gazebo

My gazebo

Marie Ratnam's paintings

Marie Ratnam's paintings

The view from the road!

The view from the road!

Claire's much admired mosaic paving slabs

Claire's much admired mosaic paving slabs

The after party! Image (c) Stuart James

The after party! Image (c) Stuart James

2 Minutes with... Zeena Shah

Art, Drawing, Inspiration, Studios, TextilesKate Marsden

Someone else who has long been an inspiration to me this week… I think I first met Zeena at a craft fair when my son was a baby (so many years ago!), and since then she’s written books and has even been on the telly a few times. Here’s a quick glimpse into the world of Zeena Shah

Hello Zeena! Who are you and what do you do? 

Hello Kate! 

My name is Zeena Shah and I am a printed Textile Designer, Illustrator, Author and Workshop tutor. I live and work in East London. 

Why do you love what you do?

Drawing, designing, teaching and being creative all day long make me so happy. I fell so lucky to be able to say that I love going to work everyday and even luckier to be able to do what I do on a daily basis.

What element of your work do you enjoy the most? Writing books or getting your hands messy and printing?

It's definitely the messy bit. I absolutely love printing and making things. No matter what I'm doing there always has to be an element of mark making whether it be with a lino roller or a potato.

If you could collaborate with anyone (dead or alive!) who would it be?

Ooh it would have to be Vera Neumann, she's an inspiration. Her portfolio of print designs and colour palette are timeless and she was so prolific in her career it would have been a dream to meet her.

What exciting plans do you have for the next year?

I have lots of exciting plans for next year. I'll be continuing designing print for fashion and interiors brands. There will definitely be plenty of print making workshops and a couple of new ones too. I'd love to run some more larger scale events after the success of last year's make wrap mingle. Alongside some new goodies in the shop too... it's going to be a busy one!

Thank you so much Zeena! You can find more of Zeena's work on her website and follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

 

2 Minutes with... Jane Foster

Art, Books, Business, Drawing, Inspiration, StudiosKate Marsden

I’m really excited this week as I get to introduce you to someone who has been a huge inspiration to me ever since I made the decision to take my business full time a few years ago. Meet the wonderful, colourful Jane Foster!

Hello Jane! Who are you and what do you do?

Hi, I’m an illustrator, author, textile designer and screen printer living in Kingsbridge, Devon.

Why do you love what you do?

I love being creative and turning my passion into making a living so I can live the life I choose. I adore all parts of what I do and love the variety involved in illustrating, screen printing, sewing and designing along with also running my little business single handedly and doing all the various other parts involved such as photography, social media, packaging orders etc.. I’m creating an intentional life where I can work flexible hours and spend lots of time with my nine year old daughter.

Are you able to offer one piece of advice to those who are just starting out and have been inspired by you and your work?

If you want to make your career work, very hard gritty determination along with talent will get you there in the end. There is no short cut (I’m sorry to say!)

If you could collaborate with anyone who would be?

My dream would be to collaborate with the Finnish company Marimekko.

What exciting plans do you have for the next year?

I’ve several more children’s books in the pipeline along with some new product collaborations.

Thank you so much Jane! You can see all of Jane's work on her website and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Carshalton Artists Open Studios - Week 1

Art, Ceramics, Drawing, Events, Exhibition, Inspiration, London, Painting, Pattern Design, Photography, Shopping, Studios, TextilesKate Marsden

What an amazing time we had last weekend! We were overwhelmed by the wonderful response to our first open studios event (and I'm mainlining coffee as I type!!) - so many people came to see us and the reaction to my work actually left me feeling a little tearful (in a good way!). Here are a few images (and a little film) from the weekend - Come back and see us when we do it all again tomorrow and Sunday from 11-5 - find all the details here. I'm at stop 11 on the trail - 133a Stanley Park Road.

Adventures in Bristol - Part 2

Architecture, Art, Photography, Shopping, TravelKate Marsden

On our second day in Bristol (see what we got up to on day 1 here) we were joined by the lovely Laura Howard (of Bugs and Fishes - you can read her blog here) who lives nearby and was able to show is around and point us in the direction of some things we may otherwise have missed. We walked for MILES (and discovered that Bristol busses are really expensive compared with London!). Here are some of the best bits...

Clifton

I fell for Clifton the last time we visited - hilly but super super pretty - the sort of place you dream of living in (if you like cities anyway). Street after street of Georgian houses and lots of lovely doors! Something pretty on almost every corner so heaven for Instagrammers.

There are some really lovely shops in Clifton too and I did my Just A Card duty (plus a bit!) in Soma - a fab gallery/design shop which I could easily have spent a small fortune in (but carrying a large framed print on the train home would've been tricky!).

Then on to stationery heaven a.k.a. Papersmiths...

Where again I bought a few little bits but exercised extraordinary restraint! I pretty much wanted everything in there.

For those of you who aren't in the South West, they've just opened a store in London too...

Laura also took us to Brandon Hill where there are fantastic views of the city (sadly my photos there are less than fantastic - save this one above!) - you can climb the tower but the little man didn't like the dark, steep spiral staircase so we gave it a miss.

While we were in this part of town we also visitied the brilliant Bristol Museum & Art Gallery - a lovely spot with lots to see - defintely a place to visit if you're there on a damp day. We had a nice lunch in it's cafe.

We also went on the obligatory Bristol street art hunt - the little man is particularly interested following our recent wanderings in Croydon.

Laura headed home before tea and on the following morning the little man and I had one last explore of Spike Island before catching our train back to London.

We were really sad to leave - Bristol's such a brilliant place to vist and the atmosphere is great. Sure we'll be back soon!

New Work for Carshalton Artists Open Studios

Art, Events, Exhibition, London, StudiosKate Marsden

Preparation for Carshalton Artists Open Studios is now in full swing - we start this Saturday folks - eeek! As I have a rare opportunity to take some larger and heavier work to this event I've been putting together some new original pieces. I'll also be lugging along a stack of sketchbooks for people to look through, alongside my usual work. Here's a little sneak peek at some of the new stuff you can expect to see...

Come and see me this weekend - 24/25 June and next - 1/2 July at 133a Stanley Park Road. Find out more about the event and all the artists taking part on the Carshalton Artists Open Studios website.

Camberwell Arts Open Studios

Art, Craft, Events, Exhibition, London, Sewing, Studios, Textiles, WorkshopsKate Marsden

Camberwell Festival started last weekend, and culminates at the end of this week with Camberwell Arts Open Studios.  I will be popping up at Gabriela Szulman's studio this Saturday (17th) as part of the launch of Creative Happy London...

I will be running my new stitched jewellery workshop at 10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm on Saturday - booking is advised (especially if you want to make use of the whopping 50% discount - use code CAMBERWELLFEST) - booking is open here - but there should be some drop in spaces available too.

There will be lots more workshops from the Creative Happy London team over the course of the festival - you can see them all here.

Gabriela's gorgeous studio will also be open so you can pop along and see her work and chat to her as well. Find out more about Camberwell Festival here. I hope to see you on Saturday!

Studio Tour - Abel Kesteven

Art, Ceramics, Drawing, Events, Exhibition, StudiosKate Marsden

A studio tour with a difference this week - in that there is no studio! You can however visit artist Abel Kesteven later this month as part of Carshalton Artists Open Studios (which is this month now!!). Abel produces figurative pastels which he draws on location, and expressive ceramic sculputures (from his kitchen table). So here's a look at Abel in one of his "studios", Surrey Street Market in Croydon.

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

(c) Abel Kesteven

(c) Abel Kesteven

Abel works using loose sheets of paper as seen above and aims to complete each piece in situ - I can't help but admire not only his skill as an artist but his confidence to stand in the street by himself drawing (something I've only ever done in a group!).

All of Abel's work focusses on movement, whether that be people in the street in his drawings or groups of animals in his sculptural ceramic work.

(c) Abel Kesteven

(c) Abel Kesteven

Abel was recently sent to the US by Cross Gate Gallery to draw the Kentucky Derby, and has exhibited his work both at that gallery and has exhibited at the Mall Galleries' Pastel Society show for four consecutive years. If you're local you may also recognise his work from Mine Gallery in Carshalton or the London Potters Annual Show.

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Visit Abel Kesteven during Carshalton Artists Open Studios on the weekends of 24/25 June and 1/2 July. Abel will be exhibiting at stop 5 on the trail - 362 Carshalton Road.

For details of all the artists taking part in the event and the trail maps head to the Carshalton Artists Open Studios website.

A Tour of My Studio

Art, Events, London, Inspiration, Pattern Design, Studios, TextilesKate Marsden

I've been sharing lots of studios ahead of Carshalton Artists Open Studios (links to all of these are at the end of this post), but hadn't shared mine. Partly because I won't be opening it! My studio is upstairs in my house (and just off the map for CAOS as well) so it wasn't going to happen. Anyway, here is a little look at the studio I won't be opening, but a taste of what you can expect to see when I pop up at Claire Chandler's...

The room is pretty small! The last time I shared my studio I didn't have the little IKEA plan chest in the shot above - this is a pretty useful size as it comfortably takes A3 sheets (I mostly work on A3 as it doesn't take up too much space and is small enough to scan), I also worked from a computer in another room. But now I have my laptop I can work in here (almost) all the time!

My storage isn't particularly pretty (the white unit has been in here for years, the brown one on top was in the little man's room before his refurb) but there's quite a lot of it now and it does the job.

One of the reasons for the clutter is that I like to have colourful, inspiring things around me all the time - the combination of that and a small room is asking for trouble! I still dream of that larger studio at the end of the garden one day, but it won't be happening in the near future!

I will be attepting to create a miniature pop-up version of my studio at 133a Stanley Park Road as part of Carshalton Artists Open Studios on 24/25 June and 1/2 July. Find out all about the open studios and the artists involved here.

You can catch up on my previous studio tour posts below.

Kathryn Sherriff
Kendra Haste
Simon Burder
Claire Chandler

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!

Studio Tour - Claire Chandler

Art, Events, Exhibition, Inspiration, Painting, Sketchbook, StudiosKate Marsden

The excitement is building for Carshalton Artists Open Studios! Today I'm sharing the studio of artist Claire Chandler - I'm completely in love with her work, and so happy that I'll be sharing her space on the weekends of 24/25 June and 1/2 July.

Here's what you can expect to see in Claire's gorgeous studio...

Claire creates the most beautiful, colourful abstract paintings - inspired by the many places she has lived and travelled to (having spent much of her childhood living abroad). I can just see so much in them and every one draws me in - I have a feeling I may get to the end of the two weekends having spent all of my profits and then some!

Claire and I will be joined by mixed media artist Marie Ratnam - so there will be lots to see at our stop on the trail!

Come and see us at 133a Stanley Park Road from 11am - 5pm on 24/25 June and 1/2 July. Find out more about all the artists taking part in Carshalton Artists Open Studios and take a look at the trail map here.

Croydon Street Art Walk

Art, Exhibition, LondonKate Marsden

Another photowalk post for you today, but this one was a little different. Last week the (no longer so) small boy and I had a day to ourselves and we couldn't venture into town as there were no trains running, so we hopped on the bus into Croydon in a bid to look at and photograph some of the recent additions to the increasing collection of street art.

Now, to the little man it's graffiti - and there's good graffiti and bad graffiti - the good type being the fab stuff you see here, created by talented artists and the bad being the messy tags by the railway line. He loved it and asked how old you need to be to start - he wants to learn how to do it himself, which is rather lovely.

The fab Rise Gallery in St Georges Walk (whose shutters have the dogs on - see below) organise a monthly Graffiti Grannies class which looks amazing - I'd like to try this and I'm certainly not one of the forbidden "youngsters" but I'm not quite 40 yet so probably still too young! Also doesn't help the little man - maybe I need to look out for a kids graffiti class. If you are interested in the grannies class though you can find out more info here.

Rise Gallery is known for it's public art programmes and they're responsible for the brightening up of what used to be a pretty depressing part of the town centre (but it now the arts quarter!). You can find out more about the Arts Quarter here - and this includes a map which shows you where the little man and I wandered - we covered the whole area. In the meantime, here are some more pictures of the wonderful art which really brightned up a grey morning!

Studio Tour - Simon Burder

Art, Events, Inspiration, London, Studios, WorkshopsKate Marsden

Another little something to whet your whistle ahead of next month's Carshalton Artists Open Studios today in the form of the studio of printmaker Simon Burder.

Simon runs the Oaks Editions Lithography Studio from his space at Oaks Park - here he creates his own work as well as running regular workshops, short courses and offering artists open access and edition printing facilities.

Ludgvan Lane 1   -  Lithograph 30 x 42 cm - Simon Burder

Ludgvan Lane 1 - Lithograph 30 x 42 cm - Simon Burder

Simon's work has been selected for numerous prestigious exhibitions including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition - so it's likely you've seen his prints somewhere before. He'll be opening his studio alongside his wife Kate Wilson, whose paintings have really caught my eye.

Kate Wilson   - Alleyway   - Oil on board

Kate Wilson - Alleyway - Oil on board

Having never tried this method of printing before myself, attending one of Simon's courses has been on my list for years - maybe this will finally spur me on to do something about it!

During the two weekends of Carshalton Artists Open House, Simon will be running a collective litho stone drawing which all visitors will be invited to contribute to before it is printed - this sounds like a brilliant opportunity to have a go!

Oaks Park Studios

Oaks Park Studios

Simon's Studio will be open on 24/25 June and 1/2 July as part of the Carshalton Artists Open Studios trail - you can find out all about the event and the other artists taking part (including yours truy!) here.

Coming Up...

Art, Craft, Events, Inspiration, London, Painting, Pattern Design, Sewing, Shopping, Studios, Textiles, WorkshopsKate Marsden

A little roundup of my upcoming events for you today - there are lots of opportunities to get crafty and to shop over the next couple of months!

First up, this Saturday 6 May I return to Crafty Fox Market for my first market of the year. This one is at a new (to me) venue in Bethnal Green - it looks gorgeous and there will be 75+ makers to shop with and workshops too! 11am - 5pm at Oval Space.

Then it's my next workshop - I'll be making lampshades again at Love Art in Tooting on Saturday 27 May - make sure you book this one as it was popular last time!

The following day, Sunday 28 May, I'll be teaching you how to design, paint AND make your own lampshade at Art Rebellion in Coulsdon - this one will be really fun, a little messy and includes lunch!

On Satuday 17 June, as part of the launch of Creative Happy London, I'll be spending the day at Gabriela Szulman's studio in Camberwell teaching three stitched jewellery workshops - you can choose from 10am, 12noon or 2pm start times (and you can save a whopping 50% on the workshop fee with the code camberwellfest so what's stopping you?!).

We then have 2 full weekends of Carshalton Artists Open Studios! I'm really excited to be involved in this inaugural event - you can find me popping up at 133a Stanley Park Road - find all the details here (and catch up on my studio tour posts here and here).

Barely time to breathe, and then the next Saturday 8 July, I'm back in Tooting to teach the stitched jewellery workshop at Love Art.

And back to Camberwell on Saturday 15 July for more Creative Happy London fun! I'll be teaching two workshops on this day - hand stitched tote bags and lampshades. Bookings open soon.

Then it's the summer holidays... phew! So plenty of opportunities to get involved with something coming up - get your diaries out and get booking!

Studio Tour - Kendra Haste

Art, Events, Exhibition, StudiosKate Marsden

My short series of studio tours continues today with the stunning work of contemporary animal sculptor Kendra Haste. Kendra's studio is at the fabulous Oaks Park Studios, which will be open as part of Carshalton Artists Open Studios this summer. Prepare to say wow...

Kendra graduated from the Royal College of Art and is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, the Society of Wildlife Artists (UK) and is also a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists (USA). Her amazing sculptures can be seen all over the world, but closer to home you may have spotted her work at Waterloo Station and the Tower of London (where she has no less than 13 pieces!).

Kendra's open studio is a must visit - especially for lovers of animals.

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

You can view Kendra's studio in 360 degrees in this video from the New York Times, plus lots more images on her website.

There are no fewer than 10 artists opening their studios at Oaks Park - see the full trail here.

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

So go and see if you can spot her elephant sculpture at Waterloo Station, then make sure you come down to Carshalton for the open studios! Kendra's studio is open both weekends - 24/25 June and 1/2 July.

You can find out about all the artists involved in the event (including me!) on the Carshalton Artists website.

Studio Tour - Kathryn Sherriff

Art, Ceramics, Events, Inspiration, Interiors, StudiosKate Marsden

Now you know how I like a good nosey around other people's studios (and houses, and gardens....) and this summer Carshalton Artists' Open Studios promises LOADS of nosey-ing opportunities! Not for me though, as I'll be taking part, so I thought I'd get in early and visit some of the artists who will be opening their studios before the event.

I was drawn to Kathryn Sherriff's as soon as I saw the first image below - it looks just wonderful! So it was my first stop...

Kathryn is a studio potter working out of her small but perfectly formed garden studio under the name By The Line Pottery (no prizes for guessing why she called it that - I joked that she'll never be able to move house though!) - if you're in any way into pots, you'll want to check out her gorgeous Instagram here.

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

The studio is very tidy (but then it needs to be as it's hardly huge!) and everything has it's place. Nestled at the back of a rather stylish garden (and a beautifully extended house with lots of lovely mid-century finds) it's like a different world. The sort of space I dream of having at the end of my garden one day.

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

During Carshalton Artists' Open Studios, Kathryn will be sharing her garden with fellow potters Caroline Warwick and Sarah Hillman - and there will be throwing demonstrations and all sorts going on - so make sure you put the dates in your diary!

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Image (c) Bill Mudge

Carshalton Artists Open Studios runs over 2 weekends this summer - 24/25 June and 1/2 July - Kathryn's studio will be open on both weekends. To find out more about the event and all the artists taking part, visit the website.

If you'd like to visit me during the weekend, I'll be temporarily setting up home at 133a Stanley Park Road.

Carshalton is really easy to get to by train from Central London or by train or car from right across the South East.

Creative Happy London

Art, Craft, Events, Inspiration, London, Paper, Sewing, Textiles, WorkshopsKate Marsden

I'm really excited to share something new with you today! I've been working alongside Gabriela Szulman, Kip Perdue and Anna Jackson as part of a new artists' collective who will be running all of our popular workshops together under the banner Creative Happy London. The workshops will be held at Gabriela's gorgeous studio in Camberwell and we'll be launching propely at the Camberwell Festival in June, but workshops are already available for booking! Here's what you can currently choose from...

Decoupage with Gabriela Szulman

Gabriela will be running two different workshops during the period of the Camberwell Festival - Upcycle a Tealight Holder with Decoupage on Saturday 10 June and Decorate a Photo Frame with Decoupage on Sunday 11 June.

Papercutting with Kip Perdue

Kip will be teaching a Paper Cutting Workshop on Saturday 10 June and again on Wednesday 14 June (in the evening).

Foiling with Anna Jackson

Anna will be teaching you how to Make a Sparkly Picture with Metalic Foils on Sunday 11 June.

Textile Jewellery Making with Me!

I will be running a Stitched Jewellery Workshop on Saturday 17 June.

Fabric Jewellery 2.jpg

Our website will be launching very soon, but in the meantime you can see all live workshops on Eventbright and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

 

Vanessa Bell

Art, Exhibition, Inspiration, London, Review, Shopping, TextilesKate Marsden

I hadn't been to Dulwich for a while - I used to have friends who lived nearby, and I did Dulwich Open House a couple of years ago, but hadn't had a chance for a stroll for an age. So I chose a beautiful sunny spring day to visit Dulwich Village, which is impossibly pretty at the worst of times, suffered from some major house envy, and then visited the Picture Gallery for the first time.

What really dragged me to Dulwich was Vanessa Bell. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll probably know that I'm a bit of a fan of her sister (Virginia Woolf) and I was massively into the Bloomsbury Group as a teenager. I've always admired the style of Vanessa's work, and almost feel as though I know some of the subjects, as I spent so long reading about them, so I really couldn't miss this one.

I first saw Vanessa's work at an exhibition at the Barbican when I was at art college (probably 1995 or 96) but haven't ever come accross anything on this scale before. The exhibition covers her paintings as well as her designs for textiles, ceramics and photographs - so it was quite a feast for the eyes.

Vanessa Bell – Studland Beach 1912 – © Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett, acquired 1976 Tate Collection, on loan to Dulwich Picture Gallery

Vanessa Bell – Studland Beach 1912 – © Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett, acquired 1976 Tate Collection, on loan to Dulwich Picture Gallery

Vanessa Bell – Mrs St John Hutchinson 1915 - © Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett, acquired 1973 Tate Collection, on loan to Dulwich Picture Gallery

Vanessa Bell – Mrs St John Hutchinson 1915 - © Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett, acquired 1973 Tate Collection, on loan to Dulwich Picture Gallery

The exhibition was larger than I'd expected (with around 100 paintings) but was still over too soon (I think I would've moved in given the opportunity). I'm not normally one to rave about exhibition shops, but this one's an absolute joy - I had to really restrain myself as I could've bought everything!

I settled for some postcards, this beautiful little fold out book by Alice Pattullo and a cushion cover (couldnt resist a bit of Vanessa Bell for my living room!).

Pamela Print Cushion Cover  - Image (c) Dulwich Picture Gallery

Pamela Print Cushion Cover - Image (c) Dulwich Picture Gallery

So, in conculsion the exhibition was wonderful and inspiring, if potentially expensive!!

Vanessa Bell: 1879-1961 is at the Dulwich Picture Gallery until 4 June 2017.