Dates for your diary…

Well it’s official, we’re off to Ivinghoe again with a fabulous selection of original art for sale, just in time for Christmas. If you’re in the area, please come and join us at the Ivinghoe Community Hub on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November 2014, between 10.00am and 3.00pm on both days.

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Eight talented local artists will be there with a wide variety of artworks, including paintings, gorgeous original prints, amazing creations in polymer clay, glass, textiles and even some new stitched tapestry items from yours truly.

The CuriosiTEA cafe will be keeping us all in the Christmas spirit with hot tea and cakes – I’m hoping for mince-pies…

I’ll let you know more about the various artists involved between now and November, but as things get hectic leading up to Christmas, do please save the date now if you’re going to be in the area.

Excited…

Well, it seems you just can’t stop us once we get going… 

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After having such a good time exhibiting at Invinghoe in September, a group of the most local artists have decided to do it again at the end of November.

The venue at Ivinghoe Community Hub is ideal for showing artwork and as I’ve said before, the people there are just wonderful – so enthusiastic and enormously helpful. So we’re delighted to be going back, this time, just before Christmas, we’ll be showing all sorts of art that will make excellent original and affordable gifts.

We’re still arranging the fine details, so I’ll let you know more as soon as we’ve finalised times etc – watch this space.

A sneak preview…

Just off the frame – Hidcote Blues.

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It seems an eternity ago now, but back at the beginning of June, at what turned out to be the start of a stunning summer, I travelled across the Cotswolds to visit Hidcote Manor, near Chipping Campden.

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It was one of those amazing June days, early enough in the year to surprise you with its warmth, a day when the colours all around us felt super-saturated, almost too vivid. A day of colour, sounds, textures and many exotic scents.

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The perfect day to find yourself wandering through the maze of garden rooms which surround the Tudor manor house at Hidcote.

A busy day, but somehow the gardens absorbed us all, giving us a taste of tranquility. I fell in love with the irises – so many, so blue, so exquisite. I crouched at the edge of a lily pond to see the fish and was rewarded with a newt.

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Winding paths, views through hedges, meandering streams. We were spellbound – not quite Midsummer, but a dream nonetheless.

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Something of that afternoon planted itself in my mind. I’m no gardener, so instead I took to my medium – stitch.

Over the summer I’ve been working away at my response to that inspiring visit – Hidcote Blues…

And now it’s just come off the frame – not yet coaxed into shape, still raw, undulating, rolling.

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But I thought you might like a sneaky peep…

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Hidcote Blues.

Hand-stitched by Ann Pawley between June and September 2014.

Wool, silk and metallics on linen scrim.

Thank You!

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I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everybody who came along to Ivinghoe Community Hub at the weekend to support the Artists’ Network Bedfordshire’s art exhibition.

It was a superb weekend and a terrific location. But the best part – I think for all of us who were exhibiting – was getting to meet such an interesting and interested group of people. Exhibiting is all very new to me and it was so good to have the opportunity to talk to people about the stitched tapestries that I make.

I was really impressed by how much time visitors spent finding out all about the artists and their work, it makes all those hours in the studio feel worthwhile.

Some of us fell in love with the venue so much, I think we may well try to do something there again before too long – I’ll keep you posted.