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Four Stars: Two Anniversaries, Two Christenings & Open Studios.

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my daughter, Georgina, with her daughter, Rose

This is all about the women who span 4 generations of my family: 4 stars for four beautiful women.

Starting with my mother-in-law, Jean.

my mother-in-law, Jean, with my sister-in-law, Rebecca, as a baby

here she is holding Rebecca, aged 8 month old

The christening gown that Rebecca is wearing was made by my mother-in-law, Jean.  3 generations later, the same christening gown is worn by baby Rose for her christening.   Here she is cradled in the arms of her Great Aunt Rebecca, now a grandmother herself.

The same christening gown worn by Rebecca (who is holding Rose), Rebecca's children and my children, (including Rosie's mother).

The same christening gown worn by Rebecca (who is holding Rose), Rebecca’s children and my children, (including Rosie’s mother).

another of Georgie's creations

one of Georgie’s creations

 Also, Rose Beatrice, reaches her milestone first birthday.

Georgie's design for Rosie's cake

Georgie’s design for Rosie’s cake

the finished article - all Georgie's work!

the finished article – all Georgie’s work!

Rose observing the festivities

Rose observing the festivities

If you are wondering what this has to do with Open Studios, well the timing of these family events happens to coincide with this years’ Open Studios Cornwall.  Consequently, I have only managed to visit a few Open Studios and I wasn’t intending to buy anything but found this little raku glazed pot by Judy Collins (Studio No: 37) at Trewidden Studios and decided to buy it for my daughter as it will go with her collection of ceramics.



From the few studios that I did manage to visit, one of the stand-out Open Studio for me was Susanna Bauer’s (Studio No: 36) with her exquisitely hand stitched magnolia leaves.  (This was purely ‘window’ shopping).

Susanna Bauer


Also Roger Weisman‘s (Studio No: 26) large welded ‘words’ whom I found by chance whilst driving down a lane near Chyenhal.

a gun-shot 'hope'

a gun-shot ‘hope’

And Jonathan Smith‘s talk at the Newlyn School of Art, author of ‘Summer in February‘, talking about his book and the film soon to be released.

I found this beautiful limited edition book of etchings, Florence Flies Away, by illustrator, Esther Connon, at last years‘ Open Studios and have been waiting for the right opportunity to give it to Rosie.   I decided to give it to her as a christening present.



And finally, it is George and Georgina’s (known as the GG’s – pronounced ‘geegee’ – in the family) 2nd wedding anniversary, I have designed these mugs for them which follows the theme of their wedding present from me.  (see here)

The designs for the mugs I put together in InDesign.

The designs for the mugs I put together in Adobe’s InDesign.

the finished article

the finished articles

This venture was a first for me so a bit of an experiment.  Next time I would like to refine the process and find a better quality plain white mug/cup to work with.  I wonder if anyone can tell me where I might source such a thing?

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Stitching and Book Binding

Machine free-stitching workshop

This year, through unexpected circumstances, I found myself in the fortunate position of being a visitor to Cornwall Open Studios rather than a participant.  I attended 2 workshops, both involving stitching of some sort: Alison Mahoney’s Printmaking and Bookbinding day course and Sandra Hardy’s Machine Embroidery 2 hour session where I learned a lot from both workshops (see attached pics).  As well as the workshops, I visited many individual artists’ studios as well as shared venues.  Here are the 7 artists I found most memorable (the numbers in brackets correspond to their listing in the catalogue and not their age!)

Simple screen printing and book binding workshop.

  • Elaine Turnbull(77) exuberant paintings, full of human emotions, some playful and humorous, others subtle and sobering,

    fabric pieces

    made up sections with screen printed paper

    but all full of highly original texture, rhythm and colour.

  • Paul Wadsworth (165) for his expansive acrylic / oil canvases, heavily textured and full of joy.
  • Esther Connon (101) makes hand bound and screen printed books with narrative based illustrations of rare quality.
  • Susanna Bauer, (159) for her delicate but exquisitely sculpted and stitched leaves.
  • Rebecca Ball (23) produces one-off pieces of stitched paper map collages and embroidered birds in migration.
  • Daniel Cole (25) is obviously a lover of nature producing small oil paintings and sketch books full of bird studies.
  • Nina Ducker (40) wall hung ceramic pieces often in multiples, inspired by sea and landscape.  A ceramicist  with a painter’s sensibility!

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‘Open Studio’ Sale

Orange Pool, 28cm x 30cm, mixed media

To coincide with Cornwall Open Studios which I have had to forgo this year because of the imminent arrival of my grandchild, I have instead created a new ‘work for sale‘ page on my website where you will find more pictures with prices.

I am happy to offer discounts and am currently running a ‘buy-one-get-one-half-price’ throughout the Summer.  If you have a special birthday coming up, or just want to treat yourself, just give me a call on 07713 592935.  Studio visits are welcome any time and I have a much larger selection of work in my studio.

Above and Below, 28cm x 10cm, collagraph monoprint

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