The studio has been really busy this week with all the tenants in residence at some point. It's always nice to work amongst others who are creating their artworks and products. I am sorry to use the Christmas word again but nearer the time, we are a great location for the bespoke hand made gift for that someone special, or anybody really we aren't fussy!
On the art front it been a little lean this week as my concentration has been on getting my '100 Days of Social Distancing' book to their new owners. The response has been amazing and the initial run has nearly gone. I have met some lovely people too delivering some of the copies personally. I have been asked to prepare a Zoom presentation for next week where I am going to talk about the background to the book and some of the important pieces in there. Thanks to everyone who Pre-Ordered.
On the art front I did manage a couple of pieces which are shown here, I am also working on an exciting project to produce an iPad sketch of a local business for their website graphics. I'll be able to show this when the project has been agreed.
The image above or part of it was used in a little competition I ran this week on a local Facebook Group. All the people had to do was identify the business the door belonged to. The clue was it was a business somewhere in Hyndburn. I thought I was being very clever and the competition would run for ages. In reality, it was solved within ten minutes! I am going to have to be a little more cunning on the next one and be more abstract. The next competition will be coming soon. The painting above shows the door in context on the Santa's takeaway shop on Abbey Street in Accrington. The prize this week was for the winner to come up to the studio and choose anything from my £10 shelf. Here is the door painted on the iPad.
Catherine has been back in her studio this week after her recovery from Covid-19. She has been prepping for her classes, a limited number of which will be running at the Haworth in the near future. She was delighted however, to find a life drawing class running in a manner other than Zoom. This is one of her passions and the results were amazing especially as she hasn't done this for a long time. If there are any young children looking over your shoulder...tell them to look away now.
Catherine continued her online classes as well this week with the subject of conkers. Here are the results. Next week it's the prickly subject of cacti.
Quirky Frog Studio
Jayne and Allison have been reorganising their display and working space to better enhance their products. Their space is full of wonderful product from their bespoke cards, bags, masks and special one off commissions, one of which was made for me, in my favourite bee material! The drawstring bag is going to hold my laptop accessories and is made to fit my kit.
The Halloween masks have been coming off the sewing machine with great speed this week too. If you fancy a different face mask then have a look at their Instagram profile or visit in person.
Please feel free to pop into the studios and have a look at their space, even if they aren't there, someone will be around to show you their space.
Just Imagine UK
Danielle and Sam are remaining positive throughout the lockdown which has decimated the entertainment and hospitality industries. Not one to stand still, Danielle is looking at some very clever ways to diversify and deliver their magic in different ways. More of this once the plans are formulated.
On a really positive note, their Performing Arts Academy has started up again in Pendle. This is held at the ColneMuni Theatre. This is proving very popular and the venue is large enough to enable full social distancing whilst allowing for creativity to be displayed in abundance.
One of the things that JUIK are doing is personalised video messages, and a few of these were recorded this week by Harry Potter, Cinderella and Peter Pan. These are also proving popular and bring one of these magical characters into your home.
It did get me thinking though about Cinderella and what it would be like to be her in 2020. First of all, if she lost a glass slipper, she would be straight onto Amazon for a replacement. She would probably find her Prince Charming on Tinder and if she was treated like she was in the original story there would definitely be a safeguarding issue with social services stepping in.
Finally for JIUK, they had an adult themed Halloween photshoot with one of their more intrepid performers playing Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, and doing it very well. Watch out for this!
It's all about Christmas in Leo's studio. The owls in Santa hats are back out as are his wonderful collection of Christmas cards. Leo spent a few hours this week reorganising and getting ready for his display all with the help of his other half Jackie.
If you want to come and look at his new display and his other pieces as well, please feel free at any time.
Andy continues to work in his studio on developing new techniques and materials. He's not one to stand still and loves to be working on lots of projects. There could be the chance of myself and him working on a collaboration in the future if the plans go to fruition. It's a bit of a waiting game.
I was a bit worried when I saw Andy looking like he was mixing a Molotov cocktail in the courtyard, then I wondered if it was a sample he was taking! Turns out it is some special sign writing liquid lol.
Snooty Fox Vintage
It was great to bump into Gill in her studio late one evening this week. Her Christmas products are nearly ready for release which include these two advent calendar offerings. Of these, Gill says...
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I know that Gill is looking at ways of safely delivering her very successful Christmas wreath workshops. We will just have to watch the local restrictions which are about to be unleashed on us all. Watch this space and especially her social network channels for more information as it comes out.
The Haworth Art Gallery and Gallery Kitchen
It is nice to see more weddings taking place at the Gallery even though numbers are very restricted. However I am sure that the team over there are giving them a wonderful experience. The gallery is open from Wednesday until Sunday from noon until 4.00pm. There is a full exhibition of work to look at on both floors of the Gallery. Downstairs you will find a range of lockdown themed work from the permanent collection which is always nice to see as it is normally locked in the archive. Upstairs there is the ever changing Lockdown exhibition from the gallery staff and members of the public who created art during the initial period of the virus.
The Gallery Kitchen are still serving a full menu and if you are visiting the Gallery, us or just enjoying the park itself (which has some wonderful colours at the moment) feel free to drop in and have a brew or a bite to eat. Simon is still running the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme on Wednesdays throughout October, where he is offering half price afternoon teas with prosecco. Booking recommended.