I hope the year has started well for you. It has certainly been busy here in Studio 409.
As such, it was great to have a day out on Monday. It was a fun day for me (despite the rain) as I was delivering new work to Virginie Renard at her beautiful Whitefox Gallery in Coldstream. Virginie is a talented artist, originally hailing from France but graduating from the Glasgow School of Art and now living in the Borders.
I particularly like her large painted furniture (such as screens, panels and headboards). Even though we work quite separately, it is interesting to see how often her chosen palettes reflect my own. You can imagine, therefore, how delighted I am to now be a permanent exhibitor at the gallery along with Virginie and her husband, Steve, whose landscape photography is outstanding.
Virginie's gallery is part of the fascinating Hirsel Estate in Coldstream, making for a great day out in any weather. Even though Monday was a typical grey February day, it was still wonderfully colourful with intimations of the coming spring. Well worth a visit.
Back in the studio, here is the rest of the news...
I am now offering 1:1 feltmaking tuition in my studio at St Margaret's House. It's a great space for individual sessions and gives you the opportunity to see behind the scenes as well as learn all about the fascinating art of felt. Sessions can be booked on any day from Tuesday to Saturday, subject to availability.
When Eri first came to my studio for private tuition, she had never worked with felt before. Here she is with her most recent creation. These slippers are made from Norwegian wool, with a needle-felted trim. Beautiful work.
Speaking of workshops, the current block is almost full. However, I still have spaces on my Infinity Scarf workshop, February 27. These scarves (or cowls) are particularly warm in the shrill winds of winter, keeping you stylishly snug. If you are interested in booking, please get in touch.
Last but not least....
If you are free next week, why not come along to St Margaret's House for our Giving & Learning Week. I will be offering a Taster Session on Wednesday 17 February from 2-4 pm, making Felt Art Books. You are more than welcome to come along. It would be great to see you.
Proceeds from the Giving & Learning events are going directly to Re-Act in aid of displaced refugees in Europe. All week there will be donation buckets for you to drop in art materials for children and warm winter clothes, waterproof jackets, shoes and socks for all ages.
As you can see....lots to enjoy as the Winter melts into Spring.
Until the next time.