Sorry: where was I? Oh, yes. Art. There is a splendid event going on in our county at the moment called Northants Open Studio Trails, which continues until the last few days of September. It is an opportunity to visit artists in the wild in their studios to see the creative process in action and to talk to the talented folk about their inspiration and their work. Many of these studios are in their homes, and some are in rooms and sheds that have been cleared out and converted for the duration of the exhibition. There are painters, photographers, jewellery-makers, carvers, knitters, patchworkers: name a creative technique and there's someone in Northamptonshire doing it.
I am in awe of anyone who can create with their hands. I can barely draw a straight line with a ruler, and my idea of handicrafts begins and ends with some carefully applied PVA and perhaps a stapler. One such talent is my friend Elaine, who is not only a fantastic photographer, but also a talented and prize-winning author. A group of us went to see her open studio event in her space that she is sharing with a couple of crafty types.
On our 'grand tour', we also went to our town's permanent art gallery and into a bar, where they had several works for us to consider as we sipped our margaritas. We also went to a heritage centre in a nearby village, which has gallery space upstairs. I was all set to put a few coppers in their collecting tin when one of my friends spotted something rather shocking. There was a rack of greetings cards boldly labelled as 'hand-made', and there amongst them were some of those cards that are given away by the British Red Cross when they send out their appeals for money - like the one pictured here, which was sent to me. They were on sale at 50p a time. Is it just me, or is this a bit off?
Yes, that's very off. I get sent these free in the post. Handmade they may be, but not by the person there. Cheeky. It's a treat to see talented people at work though, as you say.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you agree. I'm afraid I came over all huffy about it!Delete
Love the sound of the arts place - not sure what to think about charging for the cards!ReplyDelete
I reckon it's a bit of a liberty, Rosemary. Thanks for taking the time to comment.Delete
Thanks Julia for the mentions of Open Studios Tours, me, and a 'shed'. Its my last day tomorrow, nearly 40 visitors so far, so hoping a few more tomorrow. The Red Cross cards issue is shameful, hope it gets seen through your much read forum.ReplyDelete
Thanks for commenting, Elaine. I'm glad your exhibition was a success. What's next?Delete
I always wanted to excel at drawing. I can look at a cartoon and draw it if I have the paper side by side, but to be able to paint beautiful landscapes….I can't. My mother and sister are gifted artists. Guess I'll just have to stick with writing instead.ReplyDelete