Autumn is well and truly here at the Haworth. The colours in the park are wonderful at the moment and we are sweeping up loads of leaves... and thats from inside the studios! It's now time to seal the doors for winter and keep the heat in. There have been lots of creatives in their spaces this week and it's been nice to catch up with everyone.
We are planning an open weekend at the studios next week on the 31st Oct and 1st Nov where you can come and meet the makers and pick up that unique bespoke Christmas gift. More information at the bottom of this post.
On the art front it's been a busy week for me as I am working my way through commissions and as such I can't show the work in progress. However I have done a couple of local watercolours, and someone on my Facebook page commented that she liked my... 'Slice of Life' paintings. I sort of like that, and here are the two. Please excuse the wonky perspective on the bus outside the Leisure Centre!
The other thing I've been enjoying is iPad painting, and these pieces are just for the heck of it. One of my favourite iPad art apps (Infinite Painter) has just had a big update and I have been playing with it this week on the subject of food. I have been trying different techniques and digital brushes on a number of edible subjects. I have to admit to being very happy with this set and they were hugely enjoyable to do. If you are reading this and own a cafe....wouldn't they look good as canvases on your wall! You have to try Lol.
Thanks for everyone who comments on my social media posts, your encouragement is very much appreciated.
Catherine had a bit of good news this week in that her Monday classes are starting up again. These normally take place at Hobbycraft in Bolton, but this isn't going to happen for a long time, so a different venue was needed. After a bit of furtling, she managed to find the Barlow Centre in Edgeworth in Bolton. We are looking forward to seeing the results as her students dust off the brushes again. On a different artistic style for Catherine, she made a piece of sculpture to be displayed at her hair salon in Ramsbottom. The Pink Rhino Salo are now the proud owners of her piece, which hangs on the salon wall. Thats free short back and sides for a while right there!
Finally this week for Catherine her online class undertook the difficult subject of autumnal trees. A tricky one, but as you can see they did very well.
Quirky Frog Studio
It has been very nice seeing Allison back in the studio after her bout of illness and forced isolation. All is well and we thank her for not bringing her cold into the studios! In her absence Jayne has been working solo, beavering away to fulfil her recent orders for bags, cushions and masks. There are some wonderful products coming out of their studio and the range of fabrics she manages to pick up are amazing. It's a good job that Allison is back up to speed as she is going to have to be, as Botany in Baxenden are stocking their cards, and a restock of the studio is needed! So if you can't get to the studios but want that special bespoke card you can see a sample of their work at the shop. Also, you want a personalised card for a special occasion, just contact Jayne or Allison. Jayne is also happy to chat to fellow sewing gurus about her work.
Stop Press... Just as I added the line below this post, Jayne returned to the studio after her weekly fabric shop and what a great selection it is, I love the herringbone corduroy... Bags A Hoy!
Just Imagine UK
Danielle and Sam have been busy on their personalised character video messages which are proving very popular. If you would like a hello from Harry Potter or Peter Pan for your child's event then just get in touch.
Their other major project is getting more and more popular as the weeks go on. The Performing Arts Academy Pendle are working towards a cut down production of Matilda before Christmas. This should be a great performance and the students are working very hard towards it.
JIUK will also be holding an online Halloween event on the 31st from Accrington Market Hall Dungeons.
Just Imagine's resident wizard will be their hosting a spell workshop, so get your youngsters dressed in their spookiest outfit for this free special event. Details on their Social Networking sites.
Leo has been around this week and busy painting his scenes of Yorkshire and replenishing his owls. Some of these have Santa hats and all can be seen in his studio. He has also been breaking out the Brusho this week and experimenting in different styles, here are some of his efforts.
Leo is always happy to chat with visitors and you can find him in the Stables side.
This week it's all been about the new Studio sign. He has been working hard to come up with a design to replace the crude welcome sign we have in the entrance foyer. He has come up with a great solution I'm sure you will agree.
Snooty Fox Vintage
Gillian is working hard to get her Christmas offerings up and advertised and I know she was some wonderful products lined up. As a reminder, and if you didn't see the earlier post she is producing two of her advent calendar ranges and it's recommended to get your orders in good time as these are already proving to be popular.
Pam recently moved into the studios from Valley Artists in the Rossendale Valley. She primarily works small in watercolours, acrylic and is now rekindling her interest in oils. As she won't be able to visit her beloved Staithes on the Yorkshire Coast she is painting it instead as a reminder. Here is a small selection from he display.
The Haworth Art Gallery and Gallery Kitchen
Remember the art gallery is still fully open to visitors. Numbers are restricted but this isn't causing problems so far except when there are weddings which are advertised well in advance on their Facebook
The Gallery Kitchen announced last week that they are changing their opening times and once again you can have an evening meal in the lovely surroundings of the Haworth. This is their latest poster highlighting their Friday fish and chips evening offering.
The Studio Tenants will be holding a Pre-Christmas open weekend on Saturday 31st Oct and Sunday the 1st Nov from Noon until 4.00pm.
Many of the artists and creatives will be in residence and it will be a good time to have a chat and discuss that personalised gift in time for Christmas whilst supporting local businesses and their handmade products.
Please remember that numbers of people visiting at the same time is limited due to Covid restrictions, but hopefully we will be able to accommodate everyone who wants to visit. Come and Meet......
Steve Crowther - Local scenes and commissions in watercolour and iPad
Catherine Lansdale - Portrait commissions, single and multiple subjects.
Quirky Frog Studio - Bespoke cards and fabric creations.
Pip Cottage - Willow Weaving.
Leo Crabtree - Fine artist.
Andy Scholes - Sign writing and calligraphy.
Snooty Fox Vintage - Candles, melts, diffusers and bespoke fragrances.
Other artists and artisans will be dropping in and out