Saturday, 18 July 2009
Arts and Crafts stands at the Red House
There were about 20 artists and craftsmen invited to do this show and we were set up in slightly dodgy marquees in the garden of the house.The forecast had been for showers and wind. Well in the end we didn't have it too bad with the rain, but is was pretty windy and at times we weren't sure we wouldn't blow away! Here is part of Chris's stand with all his woodwork, metalwork and plasterwork. In the background is a textile worker. She made lovely scarves and corsages etc.Here is yours truly manning the other part of our stand. I think you can see the billowing sides of the marquee!And here is my significant other half. The organisers kept us going with cups of tea or coffee every now and then.A close up of one of Chris's jewellery boxes. The box is made of figured English Oak, the black wood is Bog Oak (Oak that has been in a peat bog and has naturally been stained black). The white wood is Holly, the fruits are Strawberry tree wood, the leaves are Cherry wood and the birds are Abalone.Chris in action, we're neither of us great at selling I'm afraid, but we do our best! (-:We loved this lady's work. She does paintings, linoprints and fabric collages. I think we bought one each of her entire stock of cards! (-: Here is her website if anyone is interested in taking a look www.anniesoudain.co.uk .Sorry this is such a rubbish photo. It was taken in a hurry (she was busy) and there is glare from the glass I'm afraid. It is a lovely print of an owl hunting in the woods. We might order one of these at some point off her website.This copper repousee work is by one of Chris's friends, Colin Pill.As you can see, Colin comes from Bristol which is just north of where we live. There was a great tradition of Arts and Crafts copper repousee work down in Cornwall around Newlyn at the turn of the last century. Colin is passionate about it all and has just written an excellent book on the subject. This is all his own work that he was showing on his stand.My last post on this Arts and Crafts weekend will be a bits and bobs one.