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Ali Rabjohns has brought an amazing piece of felt to the garden. It can be seen as you enter the garden on the edge of the woodland. Tantalising seedpods hang from the tree as you approach the main work which is positioned next to a wonderful gnarled old oak tree.

It will be very interesting to see how the piece of felt is incorporated into the natural garden and landscape over time and how it weathers down through all the weather the British summer can throw at it.

To me , with apologies to TS Elliot , it really feels like I am “entering the whirlpool” between sky and sea. Tentacles of sea like anemones reach blindly for you as you spiral down into the depths of the vasty deeps. This is a totally tactile piece and you want to touch and explore the nodules and craters with your fingers and even rub your face against the woolly hide.

Why not come and explore it for yourself ? you can even meet some of our Shetland  sheep who contributed the wool which went into making the piece.

You can find out more about the artist at :

Ali Rabjohns,

Website : http://www.feltgoodfeltfine.com/indexhibit/index.php?/gallery/3d-work/

Email : i@feltgoodfeltfine.com Mob : 07528614747

Blog :http://feltgoodfeltfine.com/wordpress/

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Jackie Sweet has been weaving willow here on the Prairie , but super sized !

Taking our metal framed gazebo she has created a willow wonder which you can now see in pride of place in the Sven garden. So far it has been blown into the pig enclosure by the gazillion hour winds and finally returned back to its place again after a bit of additional weaving work done by the pigs .. not in a good way! They could certainly do with coming on Jackie’s Beautiful and Useful Garden Structures course.

Jackie will be coming to Sussex Prairies for two ,one day courses making Useful and Beautiful Willow Garden Structures on 28th July and 13th October.Obelisks, trellises, fans and hurdles can all be used to both give support to plants and help make your garden even more beautiful.

In a small group you will be able to learn how to make the very same. The only restriction being how big your car is to transport everything home with you ! No previous experience in necessary and all tools and materials will be provided. Cost £85 per person .Bring a picnic lunch with you to enjoy in the prairie garden and you are sorted ! Plenty of time available at the beginning and end of the course to enjoy the stunning landscape.

Jackie will also be exhibiting at our Unusual Plant and Art fair on sunday 2nd September 2012.Look out for her amazing apple picking baskets and picnic baskets !

We shall also be running a wonderful Christmas Willow Wreath and Willow Decoration course on Saturday 1st December 2012. Watch this space for more details. You can enjoy our special Swedish Saffron bread and gluhwein at this event !

You can contact Jackie at her email address :     jackiesweetbaskets[at]hotmail.com

  • Jackie makes, sells and accepts commissions for a wide range of traditional and contemporary baskets. Also garden structures, including obelisks, plant supports, trellis screens, fences, hurdles using willow and hazel but also work with split wood, bark, hedgerow and recycled materials. Accepts commissions for basket repairs. She also runs occasional workshops for children, beginners and intermediates in willow, hedgerow and recycled materials.

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Su Peta Cloud Fircone

A truly gifted ceramacist , Su Peta Cloud is currently exhibiting in our garden a range of her quite wonderful ceramic pieces that are totally sympathetic to our naturalistic style of planting. From the sculptural curves of the seedheads to the voluptuous pots and pods you will be swept away by these finely crafted ceramics.

Su Peta says : “Nature is my overriding creative inspiration. Living by the sea and surrounded by the countryside, I am enthused by the changing seasons which influences my work. Using different clays, exploring firing techniques, glazes and surface decoration.”

Background :

After finishing my formal art training in textiles, Su Peta  lectured at various Adult Education Centres in Hampshire and West Sussex on stencilling and decorative paint effects. she is now a tutor working for West Sussex County Council’s Enrichment Programme.

For the last ten years she has been a community artist, working with Chichester Festival Theatre on their community carnivals, Chichester Festivities lantern parades and working in various setting such as Children and Family centres, Hospices, Youth and Community centres and schools running workshops. She aspires to bring celebratory art to the local community by organising and producing such events, eg she set up Community Arts Bognor Regis in January 2010. The long term vision is to have a central venue to be able to exhibit, run workshops, showcase the talents of our community as a social enterprise.

Su Peta can be contacted through her website at www.sucloudceramics.com and by email at spcloud@btinternet.com.

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