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This week I hung an exhibition of my work at the Coach House Gallery which is at Winterbourne Botanical Gardens, Birmingham.

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Winterbourne is part of the Birmingham University campus.

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It’s an Edwardian Arts and Crafts house built for the family of John Nettlefold in 1903.

It’s last owner bequeathed it to the University where it became the Botanical Gardens in 1944.

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It’s one of those magical places that has held onto the history of the past and simultaneously successfully embraced the future.

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And my colourful work has ushered Spring in a little earlier than Mother Nature (it’s trying to snow today)

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Exhibition hanging takes patience and stamina (good step-ladder muscles!)

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One of the most fun things to do was fill the glass exhibition case.

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I have laid out sketchbooks, pattern design swatches, an old paint palette, some tubes of paint, brushes, pencils and design work that shows how I use my original paintings digitally.

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It was fun to set the scene.

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And now I’m happily heading off to a restful weekend – there’s a G & T with my name on it!

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Exhibition is up until 12th March




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Claire Leggett greeting card rose macaron

Just popping in with my business hat on to let you know that I’ve had some new greetings cards made up.

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These are all vintage teacup paintings with a little something on the side.

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Professionally printed onto watercolour paper and blank inside, they are good enough as cards or for letter notes.

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You can see bigger photos of the paintings themselves here and I’ll put the cards in my shop really soon.

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I’ve also painted a new set of notebooks –  I was probably inspired by these dark nights we’re getting now.

claire leggett Mosesley art market sept 2015

It is Moseley Art Market, Birmingham this coming Saturday 31st Oct; if you’re local please come and enjoy the food and craft markets and (dare I say it) get ahead on your Christmas shopping!

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Issue 6 of Moyo is just out – back in September our new library building opened in Birmingham (I wrote about the building here)) and like many others I was impressed with it and reinvigorated with pride for my (adopted) home-town –  so much so that I offered to do a ‘Postcard From…’ for this issue of Moyo on pages 106-107.

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For those yet to discover it, Moyo is an amazing online surface pattern design magazine – check out the back copies here.

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In my article I try to encapsulate some of Birmingham’s best bits – well my favourite bits! – from a designer’s point of view.

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It was fun to do a bit more research and be a tourist on my own turf – it’s so easy to just go to the same few have places and forget all that’s on offer.

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 Apart from the written article, the brief was to design a pattern based on something from my locality so I doodled around with the shapes and negative spaces of the metal patterning on the outside of the building.

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The architects used this metal work to reference the jewellery making past of Birmingham, so this pattern design is aptly titled ” Diamond Cut Circle”.

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This design, Library Circle, came about from the view of circles within circles that can be seen from one of the terraces.

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Come and visit one day and be sure to say hello 🙂

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