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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.
Winterbourne is part of the Birmingham University campus.
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.
It’s one of those magical places that has held onto the history of the past and simultaneously successfully embraced the future.
And my colourful work has ushered Spring in a little earlier than Mother Nature (it’s trying to snow today)
Exhibition hanging takes patience and stamina (good step-ladder muscles!)
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.
It was fun to set the scene.
And now I’m happily heading off to a restful weekend – there’s a G & T with my name on it!
Exhibition is up until 12th March
Just popping in with my business hat on to let you know that I’ve had some new greetings cards made up.
These are all vintage teacup paintings with a little something on the side.
Professionally printed onto watercolour paper and blank inside, they are good enough as cards or for letter notes.
I’ve also painted a new set of notebooks – I was probably inspired by these dark nights we’re getting now.
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!
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.
In my article I try to encapsulate some of Birmingham’s best bits – well my favourite bits! – from a designer’s point of view.
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.
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.
The architects used this metal work to reference the jewellery making past of Birmingham, so this pattern design is aptly titled ” Diamond Cut Circle”.
This design, Library Circle, came about from the view of circles within circles that can be seen from one of the terraces.
Come and visit one day and be sure to say hello 🙂