I have been terribly remiss with this blog for the last few months. Days have been swallowed up by a myriad of activities which seem to now hold no memory in my mind. They can’t have been as important as they seemed at the time. A more pressing matter is to share the secret that is Kathrens Rare Knitwear.
This shop sells not just knitwear; the rare translates as art. Wearable art. Read more
The Paul Smith of the furniture world. A true gent, wise, stylish and a design guru to so many. He also has the most beautiful garden at his home, Farrs, in Beaminster Read more
Dorset Art fair this weekend offers a one stop cultural fest. Artists from all over Dorset have come together in Kingston Maurward House. Contemporary Art, Design, Media and Making including installation, sculpture, photography, furniture, film from well known and established makers as well as student and graduate work. Read more
Over Christmas popped into the splendid Sladers Yard, always full of interesting artists and such a great cafe (best cakes in town) which is open come rain or shine. In the gallery we fell upon a festive display of the stunning textiles of Wallace and Sewell. Read more
I seem to be on a theme of illustrative art and so it feels fit to mention the lovely animator and illustrator, Keith Robinson; his work is now selling online at Folksy as a collective; Jurassic Dreams.
Being an owner of a selection of fowl, I especially love the Chickens print, its most amusing..am thinking Christmas gifts to my fellow chicken keeping friends. So rural I am.
Spotted this at Otterton Mill and am lovin’ it…refreshing change from the West Country landscape fest.
Moose (yes thats his name; like it) is an ex architect, hence the line drawing style, now living in Exmouth.
His pieces are not only good looking but funny.
Wit and style; a good combo. Read more
I love Sidmouth. The average age is 70 which always makes for a slow amble down the High Street but it gives you time to absorb the wide array of shops. Flutterbys at the top of the High Street is recently opened and is a treasure trove of vintage finds plus a very cute bead and accessory shop. Pick your own beads from a huge selection and make your own jewellery on the spot if you like or take home. Prices are very good so its feasible to do as a rainy day activity for a gaggle of children.
The vintage half of the store has lots of well sourced pieces for the shabby chic lover. Read more
Forgive me but with the post holiday catch up, I have only just got around to this post. I just needed a moment where there wasn’t someone under the age of 8 talking to me (constantly).
Lyme Regis Arts Fest always uncovers a few hidden joys and we rather randomly found the lovely Paula Youens doing a flash doodle in the new shelters at the seafront. The 3 small ones loved the freedom of different mediums to scribble in and I got to browse her fantastic work. I especially love the lino prints and the simple charcoal work particularly her Birds, which me thinks would look rather splendid in the Winter makeover of The Studio. Read more
Here is a plan for the rainy week ahead. Get in the car and visit some of the artists involved in Dorset Art Week. Its the largest Open Studio event in the country and not only do you get to see some great art, the extra perk is finding new locations and interesting homes. Here is where I will be heading:
Caroline Barnes – collection of coasters, buttons and framed tiles featuring images of sealife and plants.
Jacy Wall – especially the tapestries and textiles; showing together with the famous Brian Rices fantastic 60 year collection of prints.
Guy Mallinson – beautiful woodland setting showcasing his woodworking. Pizza to be had from the wood fired oven as an extra bonus. Boo Mallinsons’ beautiful contemporary landscapes on show too.
Fran Norton – modern and minimal, on show in Bridport.
Town Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis – 60 artists celebrate 60 years Jubilee exhibition.
James Verner Furniture – amazing craftsmanship in the most fantastic setting in Charmouth Forest.
Ends Sunday the 10th. View online at Dorset Art Weeks or pick up one of their fantastic catalogues at shops in the Dorset area.
This has probably been there for years but never spotted it before….I had to do a double take from a distance.