30 May 2012

Artists open house...

At the weekend we went to have a look at the work of a couple of artists and designers who had opened their homes and studios to the public in and  around the village. 
Yes, the rain had stopped at last! it was just as if someone had thrown a switch, and summer arrived with a temperature of 24c / 75f. Sadly few of the preview photos seemed inspiring enough to make me want to leave my sunny garden, but the few artists I did manage to get to, more than made up for the trouble with their amazing friendly and welcoming receptions. We were treated to cups of tea and home made cake, live music and tours of houses. You do wonder how many people go to these open days just to have a nose around! 

Here's one of the people whose work made an impression...  

Emily Jo Gibbs - showed a series of beautifully, hand embroidered portraits of her family, sadly these photos really don't convey how delicate they are, or the depth of the pictures which are made up of different layers of gauze. 

These portraits are very different to the type of work she is known for, beautifully constructed handbags, pieces of which are held in the permanent collections of the V&A, the Crafts Council and The Museum of Fine Art Houston. 


peeling bark
willow and silver basket

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