Stormy weather

Posted by Lidya Endzo Kun iLLa
The gales and rain have died down now, but early last week found me battling through wind and rain to Persistence Works, Sheffield, purpose built artists and craftsmen’s studios, where a course for artists “starting out” was being held. Run by Yorkshire Artspace, there were four lots of speakers. These included Paul Morrison on artists exhibiting in galleries – his view was that most of the galleries were London based, and so this was the best place to be. Perhaps it is just as well my husband won’t let me set up a gallery in our garage in Clowne (he needs it for the car). I did, however, pick up a tip from this artist, which was to invite a VIP if you are organising an exhibition. I might try this when our art group have their next show, and see what happens. Robin Close took us through planning and running an event, and Rowena Hamilton from the Sheffield Museum on having work commissioned by the museum. Brett Payne, a silversmith, spoke about exhibiting at a craft fair and was very down to earth and full of sensible advice: “craft fairs are very expensive, so make the most of the time you have, and think of it as putting on a sort of show”. Finally, a group of people from AXIS in Leeds talked us through having a website, and making the most of social networking on the web – this really needed much longer to do it justice. Overall, though, I found it quite useful.

At art group, Elizabeth continued with the background on her picture of a jaguar. Meanwhile, Gill had several projects on the go including a squirrel and a Welsh seascape – she’d been on holiday at the same time as me but in a different part of Wales. John was searching for inspiration after finally completing his lion and Karen had an orang utan on the go.

Grannies Candles
This week I am featuring the work of a craftsman I visited recently at Sherwood Forest. “Grannies Candles” are unique in the UK and very unusual looking.
 I also have a new link (below) to Juliana Matthews’ personal development blog. This part-time lecturer and examiner from the Stour Valley has an engaging and perceptive style of writing and tackles some difficult and varied subjects. She also has an “English Country Kitchen” blog featuring various recipes.

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