Hello, I hope that this latest newsletter finds you well and looking forward to a beautiful summer. I'm not going to mention the weather thus far!
Summer Open Studios
Before I catch up with other news, here is your invitation to my Summer Open Studio on Saturday 25 June 2022. I am very excited to be able to share new work based on the mosaic floristry theme, have archive and sample pieces for sale and generally talk all things mosaic. If you can come along that would be great, and please share this with your friends who may be interested!
This year I will be opening the studio, along with the lovely Linda Edwards who will be showing her latest gilded watercolours. From the sneak peek previews on Instagram they look stunning. Her studio is in the most beautiful Georgian house a ten minute walk away from my studio, along Town Walls in Shrewsbury. Also showing her gorgeous stained and painted glass is Nathalie Hildegarde Liege at English Bridge Studios, just across the bridge to me. Please check the websites for additional visiting information. A warm welcome will await you! If you are looking to see what else is on in Shrewsbury then take a look at the what's on page at My Shrewsbury.
In other news, the Association of Modern Mosaic Constellations exhibition in March/April was truly amazing. The experience was very positive and I know many of my fantastic supporters visited Chester and the Cathedral to see the excellent and inspiring range of mosaic work from both UK and international makers. Thank you all for taking time to visit and the lovely feedback I received.
The Whixall School Project was also a great success, and I had the most brilliant time working with over 100 mini mosaic makers aged 2-11 years old. The six panels are now completed and should have been installed over the half term holiday. I'm just waiting for some photos of it in situ in the Quiet Garden at the school. Here it is before grouting but gives you an idea, it measures 120cm x 80cm.
Chipping Campden Exhibition
The Spring Delights exhibition at Court Barn was indeed a delight in April, with some very strong sales. This was such a lovely experience showing my work amongst contemporary makers, but also surrounded by the work of the Guild of Handicraft. I've been influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement for many years, and actually worked on the museum's education programme when it was set up in the 1990s.
Jubilee Tree Completed!
Just in time for all the celebrations, The Jubilee Tree Community Project has also just been completed ... told you it has been busy! The project was set up by Clare at Lovelyland, a not-for-profit social enterprise working with the environment for health and well-being, as well as growing the most amazing plants! The tree design was inspired by mighty oaks and their strength, with links to the Queen's Green Canopy initiative to plant a tree this year.
The project engaged with over 50 people from local adult learning centres, home school families and pre-schoolers in rotation throu the day. The workshop was held in a gorgeous room within the Wildlife Trust's garden so we looked out over greenery as many, many tiles were fixed to the boards. I thought you might like to see the original sketch proposal and the finished piece.
It was a lovely project to be involved with and the joy that the workshop bought to a whole range of people was truly inspiring. Take a look at other projects Lovelyland are engaged with. The Jubilee Tree is now installed in the community garden in Castlefields in Shrewsbury.
So, thanks for reading my news and I really look forward to seeing you at the Open Studios. There are also other exciting exhibiting opportunities for my work over the next few months including a pop-up display at Jones Coffee House in Market Drayton during June and the bi-annual exhibition of work by the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft at Willow Gallery in Oswestry from 2 July - 20 August.Enjoy your Summer.
Very best wishes from Lindsey x