Monday, 7 June 2010

BA(Hons) Degree Show 2010

Tonight, the Clark family were invited to the
Fine Art Degree Show by Anglia Ruskin Students,
based at The College of West Anglia.
The show is at
The Kings Lynn Arts Centre.
Here Sue Pollard is stood by part of her Exhibition,
using Dolls and the concept of 'Belonging'.
I loved her interactive felt board!
The whole Exhibition is really dinamic and is on
until June 19th, 10am-5pm.
Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Well worth a visit.
See more of whats going on at

Mari French

Our next studio at 4pm (we started at 10am)
was Mari French a mixed media artist
who has not long moved to Norfolk from
The Isle of Skye.
Her paintings were displayed in her cottage front room.
This is the beauty of Open Studios every one
is differnent and showcases how versitile art is.
Mari French talked about her layering of materials
and shared her plans for her cottage garden.
Thank you Mari for sharing your work.
Linda and I were then ready to return to mine
after a round, 'studio crawl' of 129 miles!
We thank the organisers of the event and the studios
who open the door to the public.
Visit Mari's website at

Colin Bygrave

As soon as you walked in the door you could smell the wonderful
smell of ink andthe atmosphere of a real printer!
Colin welcomed us and we gazed over his sketchbooks.
Linda and I gasped as we turned the pages,
as every lined drawing beautifully done,we could
have translated into mixed media an stitch.
Colin then introduced the group of visitors that now assembled to
a quick 'how to' of aquatinting and some of his methods
of printing.
We wandered round and round his studio,
admiring his framed printing and editions.
There were sketches and inspiration on the walls,
that could have kept us quiet for ages.
We left with a sign of pleasure, glad to have been
giving the opportunity of meeting
Colin in his studio.
Thank you Colin for sharing your work.
See more of Colin's work at

Arts @ The Tabernacle

Next Studio on our 'mission' was
Arts @ The Tabernacle a converted chapel into a
contemporary home which was exhibiting the work
of several contemporary artists.
Sue Maddocks,
Alasdair Hadden,
Sally Ann Logan,
Louise Walker
and Fiona Johnson.
In the 'Moorish' stlye courtyard was recyled art
made from beer cans, really clever.
Inside the impressive contemporary interior the
space was a welcoming Gallery area.
We admired the work and spoke to Sally
who is a local printmaker and teacher.
See more of the artist work on
and Sally's printmaking on

The Old Workshop Gallery

Next studio well, Gallery at Corpusty.
A quaint Gallery with exhibitions, garden
and Jill Hill Fashion Designer, studio come workshop in the corner.
Jill studies old costumes especially smocks and uses them in
her designs.
Above is one of her cards.
There was lots to investigate and realy good art information.
Thank you Jill for opening your Gallery
to Open Studios visitors.

Pauline Wrighton

From Sally-Ann's studio to Pauline Wrighton's Studio.
Another studio in the garden with chickens.
Pauline studio is a large modern logcabin and you can see this on her website.
Her work was so professional and her studio so inspirational.
Linda and I could have stayed all day but
more visitors were coming through the door
and we were on our studio mission.
Thank you Pauline for inspiring us and making us so welcome.
Enjoy visiting Pauline's website!

Highland Cattle

In Sally-Ann's farm yard as we walked down, one of her

'prize winning' Highland cattle came to say 'hello!'

with her calf wandering behind her.

She was amazing!

Thank you Sally-Ann for opening your studio.

Picture taken by Linda


Inside Sally-Ann's Blue studio it was beautifully presented
with all her work and inspiration.
Textiles galore, pictures and sketchbooks.
The tulip embroidered textile above was the inspiration
for a rag rug Sally-Ann was working on and next year she will be exhibiting
pictures from the same inspiration.
After a cup of coffee and a chat we wandered back down her garden.
To get in the mood with" Tulips from Amsterdam",
this video has wonderful displays as well as artwork.

Sally-Ann Rainey

This was the view of our first Studio to visit.
Sally- Ann's Blue German Builders Hut.
It was down her garden next to an amazing amount of beautiful
chickens, ducks and their farm yard.
Picture taken by Linda.

Norfolk Open Studios

Yesterday myself and Linda Turner, another fibre artist
had a day out visiting some studios around Norfolk.
It was to be a 'Studio Crawl'.
We had a fantastic day out venturing up Norfolk lanes and seeing all
manner of things to inspire and talk about.
We met some amazing artists and enjoyed seeing their studio spaces.
I don't think we stopped talking all day except
for the interuption of the sat nav.
We wouldn't have found half the studios we did without it
and Linda's map reading skills.
Thank you Lindafor such a lovely day.