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John Makepeace Furniture

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

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

James Verner

I love James, he is the forest man, at his happiest amongst the trees dreaming up a new design and getting very excited about different timbers. His beautifully crafted designs reflect all of his passion. Read more

Pams, Bridport

An enormous and fabulous junk shop, always something you didn’t know you needed to be found. The tool section is very neatly arranged, less so the rest of the store which still gives you that great jumble sale feeling. Just bought this lovely tea strainer which I did need but I needed the box more. Such lovely artwork, simple and to the point. Read more

Sladers Yard, West Bay

Arts cafes’ are always such a lovely find and this one for sure. It is a hidden treasure amongst the charming mish mash of West Bay. Delicious homemade cakes and lunches, mainly organic and vegetarian, amongst garden sculpture and the craftsmanship of  furniture maker Peter Southall.

Julian Bailey is now exhibiting his contemporary Dorset coastal paintings and is so worth a visit, check out those delicious tonal colour combos.

And yes you can eat amongst the wolves…

  • always worth checking whats exhibiting, they have a great rosta of artists
  • cafe open 11am – 5 pm most days, closed Mondays
  • Vanessa Gardiner exhibiting 18th August ’12 – another great contemporary landscape artist using precise lines






Dorset Art Week

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.