Lots going on in the Artists' Studios this week and we welcomed some visitors to see our work as well which is always nice. Covid-19 restrictions are still strict around here, so if you do want to visit, please bear with the track and trace procedures. If you have downloaded the Covid-19 App, you can scan yourself in.
On the art front I have been busy again in both watercolours and on the iPad. I can now reveal the commission of 'Pretty Woman' boutique in Accrington. This was great fun to do if not a little tricky. I have also tried to make Accrington look Mediterranean again and I have been back down the back streets with a couple of iPad sketches. I then completed paintings with a random budgie. We always used to have these as kids and really enjoyed teaching them to talk.
My Gallery this week....
Social Distancing Book
I was delighted this week to receive the printed copies of the book I put together from my sketches done from photos taken on social distancing walks from March to June. The response has been fantastic to this and the military operation to get these to the Pre-Orders is underway. There could also be a volume 2 of this containing the sketches done since returning to the studio in June.
It has been nice seeing Catherine back in her studio after her recovery from Covid-19. She was delighted that the Haworth have announced that they are open again for running courses and she immediately booked five dates coming up soon. Spaces will be limited as only six people are allowed on a course at the moment/ Watch out for her social networking for details and ways to book.
As well as being back at her table she continues to run her online course during the week and this weeks session looked at coloured pencils and pastels and mice pictures. They did great.
It is also collection time for Catherine's delegates from her pottery course she ran back in the day when people could sit next to each other and do things as a group. They worked well and none exploded in the kiln. It took a while for the firing to get done as lock down hit and everything closed down.
Quirky Frog Studio
The sewing machine has been going 80 to the dozen this week as Jayne worked hard to complete orders for bespoke masks and bags amongst other things she has been making. I could also hear Allison's calligraphy pen from next door as she created her lovely cards which are for every occasion and completely bespoke and customised to your needs. Pop in the studios at any point during the week to have a look, and even if they aren't there you can have a look at their extensive display. This week was all about dachshund's for me in bespoke masks, but I was rather taken by the matching bag Jayne made too.
Just Imagine UK
Danielle and Sam have been planning their Performing Arts Academy which starts this week in Pendle. This is an immensely popular activity and even though there are social distancing measures in place, the young ones get a great deal from the sessions.
Leo has been beavering away on a few pieces he has in progress. His Yorkshire scenes are coming along and this piece is part of the Yorkshire Wolds section. I have also seen a few Christmas Owls making an appearance as these proved to be very popular presents last year. I do think they went back into hibernation until nearer the festive period though, but watch out on here for their return in November. Please feel free to pop in at any time to see Leo in his studio. He loves talking to the visitors but stay at lease two metres away from him.....he bites!
Andy has been in his studio most of the week and is enjoying creating a variety of pieces in different styles. Following his lack of success a couple of weeks ago with the gold leaf burnishing, he has had another attempt with much better results. This is a clever method of applying gold leaf and making it look like 3D in the way it is burnished.
Andy is also considering running a course in the future now that things are opening up a little more at the Haworth. If he decides to do something it will be announced here as well as on his social media platforms.
Snooty Fox Vintage
Whilst Gill has been absent from her studio during the day this week she has been very busy getting her branding and new products to market. She is also investigating how to run her highly successful wreath making workshops this Christmas. I am sure she will have a cunning plan.
Gill also has subscribed to planting trees with every sale over £20, this grows her forest and makes the planet a better place to live, Gill says this about the sustainability aspect of her business...
🥳🌳🌲We’ve added a further 22 trees in our forest in the fight against climate change! Huge thanks to our customers over the last week!🌲🌳🥳
Snooty Fox Vintage is committed in reducing our carbon footprint and supports reforestation projects. Each purchase of over £20 plants a tree in our “forest”, reducing carbon in the atmosphere and reducing the impact of climate change.
Based in our workshop in the grounds of Haworth Art Gallery, we use sustainable and fully traceable non-GMO wax, cruelty free and vegan friendly fragrances, including organic essential oils across our range.
Where possible we refrain from single use plastics and always recycle our packaging, often using it to package customer orders or donate for others to reuse Always handmade, ethically conscious and thoughtfully considered 🦊
The Haworth Art Gallery and Gallery Kitchen
The Haworth is still open to visitors and welcoming people to see the lock down exhibition currently in place. This includes works from the private collection with a theme based on social distancing and lock down. The upstairs rooms include the ever present Tiffany Glass and the latest rotation of the Lock down exhibits created by the staff at the Haworth and the local community, including work from children. It's a different and very unique display from a strange period in history we are all currently living through.
Simon and his team continue to wow the visitors with their usual high standard of food and service despite the restrictions placed on the hospitality industry.
If you are visiting the studios or the Haworth, why not build in a little time for a bite to eat or just a brew and a cake.
Remember the reduced hours where the Gallery and Gallery Kitchen are closed Monday and Tuesday.
The Gallery Kitchen are continuing their own version of the Eat out to Help Out scheme. Every Wednesday in October they will be offering half price afternoon teas with or without prosecco. Details on the poster here.