Workshops at The Ropewalk

By janetuplin |

Alison Walling will be leading a Christmas themed workshop, Willow Christmas Wreaths and Decorations,  at The Ropewalk in the run up to the festive season.

On Saturday December 14 she will be demonstrating how to make circular and heart-shaped wreaths and then decorating them with greenery and berries.  And there may also be time to make stars and wands.
Alison is a great admirer of willow in all its many varieties and forms and she not only makes structures out of living willow but also leads workshop in a wide range of willow work including basket making.

In late November, Ropewalk studio artist and feltmaker Wendy Chan will be taking a workshop, Seamless Feltmaking.

Textile artist and maker, Wendy, has a passion for processes and techniques in feltmaking she will be using the no-seams method of wet feltmaking to create a unique cover or slip case for a technical gadget or notebook.  During the day, Saturday, November 23,  she will explore prefelts and and will guide students through different techniques using just wool, olive soap and water.

Both workshops cost  £35 or £32 for Ropewalk members and both run from 10.30am until 4.30pm.  With Wendy’s workshop there will be an additional charge of £10 on the day for consumable materials.

Christmas wreath by Alison Walling

Christmas wreath by Alison Walling

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20:20 Print Exchange

The Hallmark Room is hosting a wide selection of affordable prints during August. Thirty-six Print Workshops have taken part in this year’s 20:20 Print Exchange and The Ropewalk Print workshop has been twinned with Fife Dunfermline Print workshop.

Ropewalk Printmakers Keith Charlton, Janet Cox, Tim Needham, Jane Parker, Veronica Pettifer, Jan Stead, Sue Stephenson, Nic Stoker and Gordon Williams and have all produced print editions measuring 20cm x 20cm for the project.

The display also includes a selection of prints from the 415 artists that have taken part both nationally and internationally, including prints from Moscow and Hong Kong and the United States.

The Print Exchange started in 2009 with 10 artists from Salford exchanging prints with counterparts in Southampton.  Since then, more than 133,000 prints have been created especially and exchanged. For more information on the 20:20 Print Exchange go to www.2020printexchange.com

All the prints are for sale. If you are interested in print making, then check out www.ropewalkprintworkshop.org.uk

By richardhatfield |

Nautical

This craft show for the summer has a sea-faring theme. Featuring ceramics by Pru Green and Tregear Pottery, automata by Susan Evans and Tony Bellars and more.

By richardhatfield |

Twink Addison

A Little Country Living

An exhibition of photographs by Twink Addison.

Twink was born and brought up in South Somercotes in Lincolnshire. She went back to live there with her late husband John, when she was in her twenties. They settled into a small draughty cottage at the end of a farm track.

Life is solitary without being lonely.

The landscape is generally agricultural and the sea is not far away. The seasons are experienced at full strength. She has a close acquaintance with the local fauna and flora, whether dead or alive.

By richardhatfield |

Paul Digby

Transcending the Figure

Paul Digby’s ongoing project to explore and celebrate the front-line heroes of the public sector seems ever more pertinent today.

“This representation of the emergency services as statuesque, massively sculptural figures in splendid isolation. They are isolated pictorially, and this actually reminds us that these crucial and often very separate roles that our emergency services play in our lives can be isolating and at times, traumatic. They are ordinary people who perform extraordinary roles and in my experience possess extraordinary abilities and determination.”

Professor Neil Powell, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Norwich University of the Arts.

By richardhatfield |

Nautical

In the Box Gallery this month we are celebrating all things nautical. Dive into ceramics by Pru Green and explore the Cornish coast with ceramics by Rebecca Harvey. There will also be the opportunity to browse our selection of quirky wooden figures, mobiles and boats by artists Susan Evan and Tony Bellar.

By devonb |

Lucy Reid

Landscapes have always inspired Lucy. She has a passion and pull toward remote or isolated places, nature and our place within our environment; of how we choose to live carefully within it so that we leave as little damage as we can. Lucy endeavours to capture the feeling of isolation and the wildness of a place so that the viewer can imagine that they hear the breeze blowing through the grasses, the wind scouring across the beach or the call of a wading bird in the dunes. These places arouse different feelings: comforting, unsettling, eerie, lonely, peaceful, they can bring solace and rest, inspiration or a decision to be made. Lucy has woven these feelings into her landscapes and will continue to capture the moment each time she visits a new place. Each landscape is worked from personal photographs taken during travels around Britain.

It is like I am revisiting the place again. I wish to convey this through each unique landscape”.

 

By devonb |