a crescendo of awesomeness is here to greet everyone who is bold enough to visit a prairie garden like ours in the autumn. This is the time when the metallic sheen of the grasses shimmer above the perennials blitz of late colour and the soft subtlety of autumn invites one and all to run tentative fingers through the grassy seed heads.
Frankly this is one of the highlights of the prairie style in our garden where the grasses seem to lend an ethereal wispy beauty above the garden . And there is a special kind of colour and softness added to the borders. This is when everything seems to come together is a final moment of magic. The flowers are on the cusp of falling away with a burst of brilliance caught in low level sunshine , the seed heads are crisp and tight, stems still taut and straight . There is an amazing contrast between the dying and the living and the battle is worthy of a look .
It’s all about getting to the summit of spectacle. Many of the big grasses are colourful in the extreme .. dark purples,golds and silvers shimmer high over the tops of the leaves . Many are still yet to flower and wait the perfect moment to do so. Perennials that have spent their energies on achieving a peak of floweriness will continue to do so until the first frost .The garden is awash with colour even now . Blues, golds,purples,fuchsia pinks, deep amethyst colours . Banks of asters explode into a million flower heads catching the sun on their petals .
Is it because people just seem to give up on garden visiting in the autumn .. what is so important in their lives that visiting a garden just falls off the agenda ? is it the hassling chill of autumn ? is it the threat of a rainy or cloudy interlude ? is it because the sandals are packed away for another year ? Dew on your boots ? what is it ? why don’t you come and catch beauty’s last breath ? Start in the foothills , and make the bid for the summit , you won’t be disappointed !
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This summer you don’t have to travel to India to do your shopping ! We are very excited to be welcoming Jo Hall and her team to our Sussex Prairie Garden for a very special Indian Summer over four days 26th – 29th August 10am-5pm .
From the wilds of colourful Rajasthan and the many corners of India ,Jo has sourced an incredible array of treasures for your delight and wonder.
This will be an event in Marquees in Sussex Prairie Garden.Gorgeous clothes in cottons and vintage sari silk,semi precious designer jewellery,scarves,home furnishings and gifts – all ethically traded from India.Christmas shopping (dare I say it ) can start early this year !
And not only will we have a feast for the eye but also a feast for the mouth too as Alex’s curry “Dhaba” will be serving delicious authentic curries from 12 noon over the course of the four days.So you can get a real taste of India in all senses of the word.
Jo Hall will be giving a talk on textiles and Nepal and there will be woodblock printing for kids and adults !
Timings for the talks are as follows,
Sunday 28th Aug, 11am
Clothing in traditional and modern Rajasthan,
exploring identity, women, caste and culture.
Monday 29th Aug, 11am
“Mud, Mirror and Stitch”
A look at some of the traditional textile making processes in India.
Both talks will also include insights into the ongoing situation in Nepal since the earthquake, and the campaign Jo has been running to raise awareness for those who have lost their homes.
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Go wild in the Country….feel absolutely free
Join us on Sunday 26th June , 1pm until 5pm ,with Sussex Wildlife Trust and Anne Kelly ,renowned author of Textile Nature, a new book celebrating wildlife and giving invaluable guidance on how nature can be inspirational in textile art .
Being Wild in Your Garden
How to attract wildlife into your garden is among the advice on offer at this open day.
Gardening expert Peter Crawford ,from the Sussex Wildlife Trust , will offer tips on attracting butterflies, hedgehogs and toads into gardens and green spaces.
Your gardening questions can be answered by Peter and learn how children can be encouraged to go wild and sow seeds in paper pots to take home.
Anne Kelly, Textile Artist
Anne Kelly featured as our artist in residence in 2014 and was really inspired by her time in our garden. On Sunday Anne will be joined by many of her fellow artists and contributors to the book and we will see the unveiling of The Stitched Shed . The shed will be travelling as part of a major exhibition being taken by Anne to The prestigious Knit and Stitch Show in London, Harrogate and Dublin. Anne will be available to sign copies of her new book , and lucky winners in the Sussex Wildlife Raffle will be able to win an original artwork from Anne and others.
Half Price Voucher
follow the link to this voucher to get half price entry to Sussex Prairies on Sunday 26th June https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/admin/resources/swtprairegardenvoucher.jpg
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Joining us as one of our artists whose work we shall be selling through our gift shop is the very talented Rosemary Myles- mosaic maker.
In Rosemary’s Own Words –
“After many years being office-bound, in 2014 I finally found myself with the time to indulge in some hobbies, and spend more time outside walking in the beautiful Sussex countryside, and gardening, and to explore mosaic, which I had very briefly tried the year before at a couple of excellent workshops with local mosaic artists. I have never considered myself to be particularly artistic (and actually still don’t!), but I do get great pleasure from designing and creating mosaics, from the early stage of tracking down the materials and base items, exploring colour combinations and the satisfaction of the final stage of grouting, Generally my inspiration comes from a love of nature, and sometimes it is just a simple mix of colours that get me started on a design.
After discovering the ‘pique assiette” style of mosaic, using broken china pieces to form a mosaic, I now I enjoy mixing things up a little by using vintage china within traditional ceramic or glass tiles on items such as flower pots. jugs and trays. I use the more intricate cut tile work for plaques and bowls.
I am now selling my work at occasional art or craft fairs, and am delighted to have mosaics for sale at Handmade at Cranleigh, and at the beautiful Sussex Prairies Garden.
I am a member of the Horsham Artists Open Studios Group”
Rosemary Myles/Studio28 Mosaics : Unique mosaics designed and crafted by Rosemary. http://www.studio28mosaics.com
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Anna Ray Artist in Residence 2015-2106 ‘RHS Chelsea Flower Show’ 2016 digital prints, acrylic, wood, paint
If you missed seeing Anna Ray’s extraordinary and momentous artwork at RHS Chelsea Flower Show you now have another chance to catch it here at Sussex Prairies.The cube has now moved down here to its summer vacation site and we have been Wowed and hope you will too !
Anna was the Artist in Residence for the Royal Horticultural Society in 2015 and 2016 and during the course of this residency she captured thousands of photographs documenting the people, plants and processes involved in creating the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.
The images from this vast collection have been assembled into a momentous artwork. The creation of the piece was supported by:The Royal Horticultural Society,Epson,K2 Associates Ltd, and Chep.
Anna Ray studied BA (Hons) and MFA Tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art between1994 and 1999. She became a Lecturer in the department soon after graduation and taughtfor six years before relocating to London in 2006. She was artist in residence atWinterbourne Botanic Garden, University of Birmingham in 2004 and at FrancesBardsley School, Romford, 2006-2007.
From 2015-2016 Ray was artist in residence at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Through her teaching, she has raised awareness of newtechnologies and contemporary art and design practice with a diverse range of audiences through discussion and making. She has run workshops for major galleries, notably, TheNational Galleries of Scotland and the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. She has led workshops for ‘The British Art Show’, ‘The Big Draw’ and devised ambitious community outreach projects, receiving an Innovative Arts Education Award in 2001.
Ray has been granted major awards for her work; Scottish Arts Council Crafts CreativeDevelopment Award (2004), Scottish Arts Council Assistance Grant to an Individual Artist (2003), The Hope Scott Trust Award (2001), Edinburgh Visual Arts and CraftsAward (2006). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally over the last twenty years in both applied art and fine art contexts. Recent exhibitions include ‘Collect’ Saatchi Gallery (2012) and the touring exhibition ‘Craft Generation’ St. Andrews Museum(2014-2015). She has been commissioned to make work for public collections: Paintings in Hospitals and Marie Curie Cancer Care. In 2014 the international law firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co acquired and commissioned a series of major works for their new premises in Birmingham.
Read more about Anna Ray on her website www.annaray.co.uk and Facebook page Anna Ray Art
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New card art in our teashop for this season comes in the form of Emma Bennett’s wonderful cards.
A bit about Emma
‘Emma has lived in Sussex most of her life, and in Brighton and Hove for about 10 years. Her art is inspired by the places she travels and her surrounds in Brighton. She mainly sketches cities she has visited, often from her own photographs. Here you’ll see her Brighton artwork and photography, but she also covers cities such as Barcelona, New York, Vienna, Rome, Bruges, Las Vegas, Amsterdam and Valencia to name just a few.
Emma states ‘There is no deep meaning to my art, I simply sketch the places that have a memory for me. I also sketch them as it’s exactly the kind of art I’d put on my own wall.’
She sells her artwork as any colour background you choose. Pick the image, the size of print, and one background colour and she can put it together.’
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As one of our regular Exhibitors at our annual Unusual Plant & Art Fair we are now very pleased to invite Terry Guile to exhibit in our teashop with her collection of jewellery.
In Terry’s own words-
“My name is Terry Guile and I was brought up on a farm on the
South Downs, just outside of Brighton. I am lucky enough to live
in a village where I have my own workshop.
I design and make silver jewellery using semi precious stones
and pearls. I use silver wire or sheet which I cut, texture and form
into the finished piece.
If there is a piece you like but there is
an issue with the size please feel
free to discuss
Tel: 01403 711356″.
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