Lambeth Country Show 2015
I didn’t find either I did bump into several Rock Paper Scissors London – Art & Handmade Collective members and the Tulse Hill Makers Market stall holders were at the Tree Shepherd tent.
Is it just me or does that slide look scary?
Spinning the wool right off the back of a sheep – not really but this lady was showing an entranced little girl how wool yarn was made straight from the sheep to then being made into clothing or toys!
A historic fire engine!
The South London Samba group were brilliant and even made me want to dance!
Chair weaving with… are those golfing tees?
I do love wispy clouds!
I went on one of these not that long ago but it was the one on the South Bank and was enclosed in a plastic shell – the only breeze was on your feet – not the same at all!
I am part of the Rock Paper Scissors London Collective which consists of a mix of talents and skills – some are new to selling and some sell in various shops and markets.
I’m new to selling at markets so it’s great to be able to share with others rather than brave a market on my own.
RPSLondon shared with Handmade Palace stall holders (which we hope to do more of) at the South Norwood Community Festival.
The day started off with rain and many stalls didn’t turn up but the sun came out and most of us went home burnt!
Whilst most people enjoyed the music, sunshine and the rather nice breezes, the stall holders had to cling to their work to stop it flying away. I ended up trying to stop the sides from bashing into Bill’s photographic work from flying off the hooks.
Here’s the ladies standing still and NOT pole dancing!!!
Here’s Rock Paper Scissors shared table
Mandy is a RPS member (painted pots/plants) too and sells at HandMade Palace in Crystal Palace most weeks.
Here’s a few photographs of the day (the sunny part!)
(click on the images to visit the main gallery – 22 images
Website – click images to visit
The Camberwell Arts is running a festival during the month June and I have submitted a piece for the Camberwell Open:
The Camberwell Open is a new art exhibition that aims to present a snapshot of creative practice from artists based in, or associated with Camberwell. This is going to be an exhibition where we plan to ‘hang the lot’ to truly present the spectrum of talent from across SE5
The exhibition will take place from 6th June to 28th June at Fusion Lifestyle, Artichoke Place, London, SE5.
There will be an opening evening private view on Friday 5th June for the artists and guests.
Silver Orbs of London
A1 Harman Crystal Jet mounted on 5mm Forex and laminated
Available for sale.
Caroline Hands – Mixed Media Artist
I’ve been helping the lifelong mixed media artist Caroline Hands with her digital photographs and archiving her work so I went to the open studio event at Second Floor Studios near Greenwich to see her work in the flesh – paintings and textiles look a lot different than a digital copy so it was fantastic to see her work on walls!
This is Caroline Hands in her studio wishing that I wasn’t taking her photo, in this room she paints and has her textiles, sketches, hand cut copper hats! Most of her canvases however were in a second studio along the corridor. Caroline will be moving both room contents into a larger studio in June.
Her work space doesn’t usually have wine and snacks, this was just for the open studio weekend. I’m assuming this to be the case!
Caroline talking to a gallery owner about her work featured in many publications.
she has also had her work featured on a book cover:
Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness Paperback – 26 Oct 2012 – Esther De Waal
She has lived and exhibited in many places around the world, ran many workshops and events – her work spans textiles (she sold painted scarfs to Liberties!) Batiks, metal work, lino cutting/printing including this book:
The Kilpeck Anthology Book
and these large cropper plates which she cut and shaped herself … this is my particular favourite:
Where to find Caroline Hands Work
Caroline is based at Studio 7DE101 Second Floor Studios & Arts Main Office TW-27 Harrington Way London SE18 5NR Tel:
You can see more of her work on her website www.carolinehands.co.uk
And her Makerhood Makerhood.com Caroline Hands profile page
you can see Caroline’s Film on her website as well: created by R&A Collaborations ‘Making a Mark’:
Whilst working with her I find out such titbits that aren’t featured on her website, (most of the following is in her own words), such as
when she was 11 she was judged 5 out of thousands at Harrods by Augustus John with her picture of Noah’s Ark
Ran an enormous Fringe Festival of the world with the well known Three Choirs Choral Festival, 4 times!
Has had many artist in residence positions including residencies through the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and helped with schools projects
Worked with a great deal of dancers across the world such as Chitraleka Bolar in Birmingham.
Has braved many travels with local buses and on foot on her own in many varied parts of the world – she has many photographs of her trips which we hope to put into a book!
Rages about injustice and celebrates the glorious mix of cultures around the world and in London
Stays humble in the face of nature and treasures our planet
Loves and craves for more time in Asia
Would probably lose herself in a love for Africa if she went !
Has not sold out true to her vision and love
Too crazily idealistic for her own good !
Is growing older but finds it impossible to contain her need to dance as soon as the rhythm celebrates inside of her
Working in the Arts takes dedication and hard work as well as a lot of energy which Caroline certainly has – I wish and hope I’ll become like that too!
Upcoming Exhibition Featuring Caroline Hands
A group exhibition. A variation of structured gestures and analogue procedures.
A compilation of paintings in 2015.
Paintings selected by each artist. Exhibition created and organised by playpaint
Robert Dowling / Ben Cove / Gordon Dalton / EC / Michael Stubbs / Chris Godber / Sharon Hall / Tom Banks / Graham Carrick / Kiera Bennett / Alaena Turner / Louisa Chambers / Mari Reijnders / Phil Illingworth / Selma Parlour / Mimei Thompson / Alison Pilkington / Charley Peters / Andrew Seto / Mel Carvalho / Alex Ball / Clare Price / Howard Dyke / Jessica Slater / Ross Walker / Rae Hicks / Gemma Cossey / Mandy Payne / Tamara Dubnyckyj / Tim Ellis / Maggie Hills / Greg Rook / Jonathan Parsons / Lucy Boyle / Simon Burton / Sarah Poots / Lisa Penny / Le Guo / Phillip Jones / David Ryan / Andy Harper / Sophia Starling / Marielle Hehir / Simon Bill / Hogan Brown / Andrea Medjesi-Jones / Clare Chapman / Dan Coombs / Tom Ellis / Marcus Cope / Andris Walds / Virginia Verran / Cathy Lomax / Ian Baker / Lothar Goetz / Shaan Syed / Peter Lamb / Caterina Lewis / Paul Manners / Stephanie Moran / James Connelly / Oliver Bancroft / Lee Marshall / Kate Warner / Katie Pratt / Jason Hawkridge / playpaint / Kirsten Reynolds / Marta Bakst / Alexis Harding / Ben Cottrell / Caroline Hands / Gary Andrew Clarke / Jules Clarke / Katrina Blannin / Matthew Hunt / Rachel Levitas / Rob Leech / Andrew Graves / Charles Williams / Hannah Knox / John Tiney / Philip Allen / Simon Haddock / David Oates / Tim Allen / Lizzie Lloyd / Alli Sharma / Alex Dipple
Preview: Wednesday 10th June 6.00 – 9.00 pm
Exhibition Open: 11th – 14th and 17th – 21st June 1.00 – 6.00 pm
Second Floor Studios & Arts
I got to visit The Grand Designs Live Show at The Excel Centre in London when Gabriela Sulzman gave me a ticket – I’ve met Gabriela a few times as she works closely with Makerhood.
Gabriela ran a workshop giving an introduction to a type of upcycling for the Salvage Workshop who were part of the Remade in Britian online Marketplace.
Grand Designs Live will be working with Remade in Britain who are a dedicated online marketplace, bringing together upcyclers and vintage sellers across the UK. Remade in Britain have created an exciting retail site providing unique items that have been upcycled or recycled in Britain, other products include reloved vintage, antique and retro products.
Remade in Britain are on a mission to reduce landfill and promote sustainability. Offering the nation a fabulous selection of unique, green and ethical solutions, and simultaneously providing a great platform and online community for small businesses, upcyclers and makers.
Many of Remade in Britain’s talented retailers will be at the Salvage Feature throughout the show, as well as a many more of the UK’s best upcyclers.
Natasha Cargill, Wilf Meynell and Kevin McCloud
Gabriela’s starts introduction materials used in her workshop
A Selection of Gabriela’s Artwork which is also showing at The Dulwich Open Studios this weekend
The Art Dolls in the two images above show Alma, Dolores, Florence, Evelyn and a few others who are moving to West Dulwich for the weekend! It’s only a temporary residence though, as they are hoping to be taken home by people who fall in love with them…
Come and meet the girl gang at 14 Ildersly Grove, London SE21 8EU this Sat & sun 11 am-6pm. Artists’ Open House, Dulwich Festival
Decoupaged Boots and Shoes!
I love the boots – I tried painting a pair of victorian style boots about 20 years ago and the pain fell off within minutes so I never thought that decoupaging boots would be possible!!
I will be going to the Open House on Saturday afternoon after The Stitch session in West Norwood – so many exhibitions to see – I’ve had to cancel a few as they clash and I will going to Bust London Craftacular next week – I’ve booked a screen printing session as well.
After the show and buying giant stickers of Frozen for my 3 year old niece – and some rather lovely cheese I had a walk around the area as it had been awhile since I’ve last visited.