Sherwood Art Week Round Up

I’m sharing photos of Sherwood Art Week today. It was a fun week and the area looked great. There was yarn bombing – I really liked this installation outside the library under a silver birch tree.
My kids loved the hungry caterpillar bunting, and this tree decorated by lots of local knitters and crocheters. 


The shops of Sherwood were fantastic as a street long art gallery. This is a selection of some of my favourite displays. 

Top left: Sophie Robins Mosaics
Top right: Natalie Randall

Bottom left: Katie Pinkney, Molly’s Mum Textiles

Bottom right: Dawn Feeney

I love the Grayson Perry bunting by Dolly Loves Dallas. The whole display was fantastic!

I really enjoyed seeing such a wide range of art and crafts on display, it’s amazing to think that all the artists are local to Sherwood and there is so much diverse talent. 
We took a short trip to the Secret Garden Craft Fair, we were there pretty early but it looked set to be a great day. 

I went to the Courtyard Craft Fair the following week and had a good giggle at Faye Finney’s  stall, this is the card I bought for a friend, there was a lot of other cards which I found very funny (Justin Beaver is one I remember!) I also bought a little cactus from Laura at Little Egg Design (who recognised me from Instagram, I felt famous!) 


We had a pit stop at the Remarkable Recycling Gala, I didn’t get much chance to look at stalls due to a worn out 4yr old, however the entrance to the church where the gala was held was decorated by the Sherwood Young Artists group. I was very impressed by this screen- it’s all tissue paper and plastic but looks like stained glass. 


Outside were lots of garlands of recycled paper origami shapes, very pretty and such a simple idea. 


The whole event was great, and I’m looking forward to next year, the 10th anniversary, already! 
Teresa 

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New inspiration for Sherwood Art Week

Over the last few months I’ve been preparing some new pieces of work to display in a small exhibition during Sherwood Art Week. Sherwood Art Week is an annual event in an area of Nottingham near to where I live, and hosts three craft fairs, lots of workshops, artist events, displays in shop windows and also lots of fabulous yarn bombing. I’m taking part in the Art in Shops event, where many of the shop window displays feature the work of local artists and makers. I feel very lucky to have a prime spot in a charity shop called the Spaghetti Tree, right in the middle of Sherwood. The whole event is a fabulous showcase of the talent in just one neighbourhood of Nottingham!
I wanted to take a bit of a new direction with my work for Sherwood Art Week, and draw on a few sources of inspiration that had been twiddling around in the back of my mind.


We joined the National Trust last year and have since enjoyed visiting lots of beautiful houses- I like to look at the interiors and furnishings and my kids love the adventure trails and playgrounds. The houses themselves are brilliant sources of inspiration; one of my favourite National Trust houses is Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, which was built for a remarkable woman, Elizabeth Shrewsbury, known as Bess of Hardwick. Bess was a renowned needle woman and Hardwick Hall, for which building started in 1590 is full of examples of her own work, and tapestries which she collected. Popular motifs were fruit, leaves and plants, birds and wildlife, and also geometric patterns. 


The geometric patterns in brickwork on the many Victorian houses in my area are also a source of inspiration, I’m often surprised by how beautiful and detailed some of the houses are, even my house has a teeny bit of fancy brickwork! These floral designs, I think, are crying out for an embroidered interpretation…

As I’ve been getting back into embroidery I’ve been researching different styles and methods, and also materials to use. I still want my embroidery to have a contemporary feel, even using traditional methods such as black work, crewel work and gold work also has a strong appeal too. I’ve been hoarding fabrics with simple but contemporary prints and colours to use as backgrounds, and incorporating more modern methods (such as iron-on metallic vinyl!) with the traditional stitches and modern motifs. 

The brickwork patterns have inspired my geometric sampler style pieces. 



Bess of Hardwick’s fabulous tapestries inspired my modern crewel work birds, flowers and cactus designs.


Chicken scratch (also called gingham lace, much prettier!) was the inspiration behind this little cloud. I can definitely see me doing more of this. 


You may have noticed I’ve sneaked a bit of crochet in too, I think the little frames set the embroidery off nicely. 

I’d love some feedback, so if anyone has any I’d love to hear it! 

Teresa