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jillstaplesimage1I first met Jill when she came to my garden with her camera and started to take photographs to make these wonderful Japanese paper booklets. Since then she has been many times and taken some incredible images for her own use .

jillstaplesimage6She is now joining us with a small exhibition of her work  for our week of paper related events in our opening week. Jill will be returning next year with more work to be shown in our garden room.

jillstaplesimage2In her own words Jill explains -

“Since moving to Bolney in the early eighties, I have spent most of my time working in my garden, both gardening and working with photography.  With advancing years this has involved less gardening and more photography.  I have used many different photographic methods, cyanotypes, pinhole, printing on coated material and also have developed my great love of book making.  Last year I discovered the Sussex Prairies Garden, a garden after my own heart.  I love grasses and seed heads and their soft muted colours, but also the wonderful wealth of colours throughout the summer.

jillstaplesimage4The work I am showing here was made on a Canon Powershot G12 and printed on uncoated Japanese Paper, called Shoji.  John Purcell Papers have an incredible stock of all kinds of paper.

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On the High Seas

We are very much looking forward to the quirky sculptor Paul Cox coming to our garden this summer . And to kick start his season , he is  joining us for our Little Paper House on the Prairie event and shall be bringing some very large paper boats to float on our ponds and across the grassy swathes.. The seas will lap our shores !

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Who is he and what does he do?

Paul is an award winning sculptor specialising in mixed Media construction. He was awarded the Henry Moore scholarship to study postgraduate sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, London. His sculptural work is represented internationally in public and private collections.

Paul lives and works in the South-east where he runs a workshop that produces his one off sculptural work and a range of affordable unique items for home and garden . Paul sells his affordable range directly to the public at craft fairs, art markets, open houses and gardens.

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He will be exhibiting in our garden throughout the summer and autumn and at our unusual plant and art fair on 31st august ! From larger commissioned pieces to smaller sized garden stakes and individual decorative pieces you can be sure you will be amused and captivated

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What other people say….

“The art world has been accused of taking itself to seriously, so its refreshing to discover an artist whose work has a tongue in cheek approach”.

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Sussex Life Magazine

“Art should provoke emotions and enrich our lives and Paul offers sculpture with an undeniable boyish charm that is infectious. It is impossible not to smile at, or interact with, his idiosyncratic style. paul’s sculpture thrives on a sense of play, but his work should not be regarded as a novelty. He is a dedicated artist who consciously chooses not to take himself to seriously, providing a breath of fresh air to the contemporary art market”.

Nicolas Toovey 2012

Read More about Paul Cox and see more images of his work on his website www.paul-cox.co.uk.

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Lydia is such a star that I just HAD to feature her as one of the artists within our show of talent during our week of papery related happenings  (31st May until 8th June) and we came up with the notion of showing Lydia’s work in an online virtual exhibition at Sussex Prairies !

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Who is Lydia Crook ?

Lydia originally trained as a paper engineer (that’s a pop-up book designer with a swish name!) with the ace paper engineer Corina Fletcher. She has since expanded her passion for paper by creating a range of ornate paper cuttings and limited edition prints. She sketches, carefully hand cuts and sometimes paints her designs to create delicate and individual pieces of paper art. She translates some of these designs into silhouettes, which are then hand screen printed to create her limited edition print range. Her current cuttings and prints are inspired by the innocence of childhood rhymes, fairytale stories, classic song lyrics and lovey-dovey romantic quotes. By using a combination of words, images, bold colours and intricate details, she tries to give each rhyme or quote its own unique character.

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Where can her work be found ?

Over the last few years she has been selling her cuttings and prints in various boutique shops around the UK. She has also produced a couple of books (Paper Play and Make A Mobile) in collaboration with a local publishing company (Ivy Press Ltd) that are now selling internationally. The business started in her living room in Hove but she soon moved to a small studio nestled on a farm just outside Lewes in Sussex. Now  visit her website and be very tempted !

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And Lydia’s  contact details are:

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Email – studio@lydiacrook.co.uk

Website – www.lydiacrook.co.uk

Telephone – 07792 447 234

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Our week of Fringe events (31st may until 8th June 2014), unusually papery happenings and fantasy would not be complete without the very best artists,sculptors and generally wonderful people helping us, so we shall look in detail at the stars of our own particular show ! so first up is -

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who will be joining us this year to offer a series of two very different workshops. The first workshop occurs during our Fringe week (1st and 8th June )- Prairie Hens in Paper Kilns is a two day workshop straddling two weekends. First make your ceramic hen and then fire it in a paper kiln a week later !Read more about what that course involves on our website and see what type of chicken  would light your fire !

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The second workshop ,later on in the year (2nd August 2014) , is also about light and fire and will teach you how to make a porcelain light inspired by the garden. Please contact Sabine to book your place on these courses.

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More about Sabine

The starting points for the functional side of Sabine’s work are oil lamps and the ritual use of fire and light. Light is symbolically used as a guide on the path of life as well as representing the omnipresence of the Divine.

Form and content of her work is inspired by a variety of different sources within the fields of mythology, ancient cultures and spiritual philosophies. The aim is to create an atmosphere of light that invites a peaceful reflective mind.

Teaching

Sabine has expressed her love for ceramics by exploring its manifold techniques and characteristics with children, young people and adult learners for many years. Her aim is to generate in her students a sense of curiosity, exploration and joy and to support each individual in finding their own creative expression in clay.

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Inspiration and Learning

Inspiration and learning  in working with people always happens in both directions and a group project a while ago led to the development of the fun ‘character hens’. These can be bought as they are, or can be commissioned for a special person with their own ‘peculiarities’ in mind! Or come and make your own at the ‘Prairie Hens in Paper Kilns’ event!Beginners  and more experienced potters are equally welcome

For more Information on the pottery events here at Sussex Prairies you can contact Sabine directly on sabine.dahn@talktalk.net   .

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It’s all about the Build : Last time I wrote we were on the brink of paper plans becoming paper architecture and now it becomes a reality as the paper house is ready to be papered..

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Sort of like an Egyptian Joseph it is now ready for it’s coat of many colours. The paper prairie garden is also ready for paper action … No paper wait here we are ready to get out the glue and magazines and make merry.

The architects Ron and Libby (trusty Friends of Sussex Prairies have worked tirelessly with power tools and passion and will receive the golden award in paper craftsman and womanship.Watch this space now for the tiniest Paper House on the Prairie ever – this house’s mini sister- which is now being created to join the Chelsea Fringe Brighton Exhibition: The Hanging Gardens of Brighton !

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Cutting Edge : Yesterday saw the Friends of Sussex Prairies draw their glue guns and fire away at paper flower making for the paper garden . In this wintery scene the flower power of colour gives us all  a summer boost !

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Finding yourself under a pong pong or suicide tree you could be forgiven for feeling a tad melancholy.

Cerbera odollam is a species of tree native to India and other parts of Southern Asia. It prefers to grow in coastal salt swamps and marshy areas. It grows wild along the coast in many parts of Kerala , India too and is often used as a useful ,if sinister, hedge . Grimly, what it does do is yield a potent poison which is often used for suicide or even – murder !

The bobbly fruits are used for manufacturing bioinsecticides and deoderants.When they are dried out the seeds are wonderfully textured and gnarly  .

Look what I have been collecting to bring home with us !

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It is a universally acknowledged truth that there are some who should and some who shouldn’t…

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Here are a few pointers to settle this dilemma once and for all from your friendly Beach Bum’s guide to pleasure and fantasy :

if you eat anything more than one single lettuce leaf for lunch you are undoubtedly too voluptuous to even consider slipping into that winsome two piece

if you in any way resemble a folded ironing board when stood up then yes a bikini is probably for you..if you resemble the unfolded ironing board and/or basket of ironing then ..no

would two miniscule  triangles of fabric and a handkerchief make you feel overdressed …then a micro bikini is for you..if you are considering wearing the sails of a  seagoing yacht as a coverup then possibly not..

if your skin resembles in any way the leathery lustre of a Bottega veneta handbag or the tooled tile hide of a Komodo dragon ..think seriously about how good it will look set against the tiniest slip of smooth stretched fabric…

and the inky caress of a tatooists thrilling art might also look at odds with all that is swathed in sweaters in our normal climes…Beware oh beware the lures of the bold and the brilliant….the daring do of a mad moment in time ..so long , sarong …just do what makes you happy…

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