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The Paper House herself

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With the paper garden in tow and now its attendant art gallery coming along for the ride !

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The gallery includes some amazing pictures which were so kindly sent to me by a teacher Lisa Wee and her class of pupils from a school in Nairobi ,Kenya… so here they are being exhibited in the garden.. the paintings will also join Anne Kelly’s exhibition in our grade room for the rest of the season.

When we thought about our week (31st May until 8th June 2014)  of paper related happenings,workshops and exhibitions  for the Chelsea Fringe down on the prairies ,we knew we would have wealth of stars to help us get into that groove and here are the best stars we have been able to line up for you

Pages by Stages : Alison Crosthwaite

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Prairie hens in paper kilns : Sabine Dahn

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alongside these stars are their co-stars

Anne Kelly : our talented textile artist  in residence who will be inspiring us with her textiles ,and guiding craftwork in paper ,textiles and beyond from the prairie wagon in the garden room

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Jill Tattersall  : an artist with an eye for paper making who will be helping you send out postcards from the prairies and who will be constructing concertina books to baffle and bamboozle and she will be showing you how to make your own Matisse masterpiece

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Jill Staples : a lovely local photographer working with images applied on to Japanese papers.She also makes beautifully colour co-ordinate photographic books

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Paul Cox: sculptor extraordinaire turning his hand to big paper sculpture

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Lydia Crook: paper sculptor whose work we shall be exhibiting via our virtual online gallery

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Julia Widdows : writer extraordinaire who will be promoting her books and will be running a win a book competition

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the ways of paper are many and mysterious.. And it is time for you to experience their many layers and latitudes..

And don’t forget the strangely challenging and wonderful Paw People exhibition by Tom Barker now showing in a marquee in the garden.

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“The Teddy Bears Picnic” with the Paw People

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We are so pleased that Tom decided  to bring his amazing exhibition here to the Prairies during our Chelsea Fringe week. Come find the Paw People in the marquee in the garden  !

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what you will see –

The ‘good’ bears sit at the picnic table, the ‘bad’ look on from a distance.

The table spread is our world as a living entity, Gaia.

The wooden beasties hanging around the edge are the gods and monsters of our imaginative minds.

 

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Tom explains how he came up with the idea for the exhibit-

“I asked friends (by email and facebook) to name 5 people or organisations who they felt have had a positive affect on the world and 5 negative and to give a brief reason why. It could be anyone and I asked for it to be heart felt. I took a photo of these people’s faces from the internet and sewed it on to a soft toy. (For organisations, I chose the CEO, founder or a person who could be held as responsible). The Paw People were born!”

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How Tom made each Teddy Bear –

“I then attached people’s personal comments (in blue) and a profile usually compiled from wikipedia. It is people’s personal opinions and so subjective and although I have edited it, I do not necessarily agree with all choices, I didn’t want it to be my opinion, some of them are quite controversial. I am aware that if I asked a different audience the placing of many could be reversed. I wanted to highlight their positive or negative aspects and so I have picked out information that I thought relevant.”

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What the research revealed –

“It was very interesting researching these people and what soon became apparent was that no one is all good or all bad. That these selected individuals are representing wider societal issues. That using these terms judges and isolates people and isn’t constructive in any dialogue aimed at tackling the issues.”

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what you need to do – 

come and interact with the exhibit and see who you think should be at the teatable.. ! 

“I don’t expect you to read all the paw people profiles, that would take some time, the weight of their profiles alone gives testament to how much impact has been evidenced of their doings. I wanted to make a little bestiary of humanities impact on the world

The aim of the installation is not to judge but to encourage engagement in a dialogue.”

In conclusion-

‘I do believe that we are affecting our environment in such a way that humans will not be able to exist on this planet in the long term without fundamental changes in our attitude towards and use of it. Present governing systems need to change.”

 

The installation is for sale or hire. All pieces are for sale individually.

We are keen to provide related workshops, discussions and take on commissions to explore other issues within our society.

For more information contact Tom Barker

07931866395

ttombarker@gmail.com

                                                          

 

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002It all started with a pair of papier mache tiger hooks  bought under the shadow of the fort in Bundi , Rajasthan… (scene of the gun toting monkey shooting rapping roof top cafe owner )

Paper -such an astounding medium …!.and then it seemed a natural progression to think about working with paper in our garden and  Making a Little Paper House for the Chelsea  Fringe event .And if you have a paper house you must also have a paper garden of course !

img259Another influence of course was the Laura Ingalls Wilder book Little House on the Prairie. And I discovered another unexpected and tenuous link to us as the daughter of Laura , Rose Lane, supposedly left the Wilder estate ,and so the copyright of the books ,to a certain Mr Roger Lee Macbride. This story is not without controversy !

It all started with Ron drawing up the plans for the construction….

003and always, I had luck on my side with many things falling into place to make the fabrication and papery construction possible. First of all a chance donation of a veritable library of back copies of the RHS magazine by a very good friend ,Maggie … ie . The raw materials.. and secondly the skills, dedication and wonderful enthusiasm of two of our volunteers Ron and Libby who would take the idea from paper drawings to paper house reality.

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and thus a paper house was born and now awaits its final outing into the big wide world. During our first week of opening catch the prairie house in its perambulations and see how it can withstand the best the British weather throws at it !get inside the house and see its papery skin… know its beauty ! know its wonder ! come tweak the tigers tail of garden craziness !

The Little Paper House on the Prairie will be out on the prairie from 31st may until 8th June- one week of paper related pranks,exhibitions,workshops , drop in sessions and papery daring do with a myriad of talented artists ,sculptors and creatives ! The garden is open every day except Tuesdays – 1pm until 5pm.

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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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Artists ! Your garden needs you !

Felt like there was always an artist hiding inside you bursting to get out ? now is the time to free yourself of your inhibitions, let out the artist ,and run with the prairie dogs ! It’s art, and certainly not as we have known it before !

Big Gallery in The Garden Art Competition

Sussex Prairie garden is going to be a part of the Chelsea  Festival Fringe Brighton event in 2014 . During our week of paper related events and happenings  (31st may until 8th June) , we are inviting entrants to our Little Paper House on the Prairie Big Gallery in the Garden Art competition and we are looking for you all to be involved in probably the biggest outdoor paper art exhibition that has ever been seen on a prairie before!

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The competition: Nitty Gritty

We are inviting artists from the ages  of 0 to 106 to submit A4 sized pictures of houses and their gardens around the world (e.g. . igloos, yurts, tepees, tents ,caves, castles, terrace houses,cottages,tree houses, mansions  ) which can be painted ,or  drawn with felt tips, crayons, coloured pencils or whatever medium is preferred. Each A4 design should be clearly marked on the back with the artists name, age, address and contact details .All artwork should be the artists own work.

All artwork should be sent to Sussex Prairies, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9AT by April 30th 2014.

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How the outdoor garden gallery will work:

We will laminate each piece of artwork and then it will become part of the Little Paper House on the Prairie Big Gallery in the Garden Exhibition, where it will be on display to the public from 31st May until 8th June during our Chelsea Festival Fringe week. The artwork will be outside for a week accompanying the paper house and prairie garden on wheels which shall be moving around the garden .Although artwork will be laminated, we cannot guarantee that it will not be damaged by the weather whilst it is open to the elements!  . Artwork can be collected from the garden after 8th June .Sadly we are unable to return artwork by post.

The winning entries will be featured on our website and Blog.

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Prizes: the winner of each age group will win an art set as well as a Golden Sussex Prairie Garden Family Season Ticket for the 2014 season. The Season Ticket allows entrance to two adults and up to three children during the opening season of the garden 31st May until 12th October 2014. Sussex Prairies will be open every afternoon, 1pm until 5pm, six days a week in 2014. We shall be closed on a Tuesday.

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Age groups for the competition:

Age 0 – 5, Age 6-10, Age 11-16, Age 16-106

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img2052014 sees Sussex Prairies joining  the Chelsea Fringe Brighton for a week of paper related happenings….we are now making our Little Paper House on the Prairie – a wheeled paper house and mini prairie garden which will be wheeled out into the garden  for some prairie perambulations accompanied by the biggest garden gallery of outdoor paper artworks ever .

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When ?

for a whole week 31st may until 8th June  2014 Sussex Prairies will be celebrating all things papery ,  with paper related workshops and events. Weave with paper with Jackie Sweet ,make a paper kiln to fire prairie chickens with Sabine Dahn , design your own notebooks -Pages in Stages with Alison Crosthwaite and show the Egyptians how we  really make paper with The Wolf and Jill Tattersall ! Our artist in Residence Anne Kelly , textile artist extraordinaire, will also be setting up her prairie wagon for a ho down of textile and paper delights too.

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deep in the heart of Sussex our chief designer and wonderful volunteer , Ron, starts the tricky business of drawing up the plans for making the paper house. Working with a motley assortment of recycled wood and old window frames this talented architect prepares the blueprint for the architectural spectacle to come….

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Joining the  Outdoor Prairie Art  Gallery : how to do it ?

we are inviting everyone from the age of 0 to 106 to create artworks to accompany the paper house on its prairie garden travels. All you need to do is send us a picture of a house or home (could be a picture of a castle,igloo,tree house,tent, semi detached , bungalow,mud hut,cave  etc ) on an A4 sheet of paper with your name, address and age on the back of it . We shall laminate your artwork, stick it on a garden label , and it will accompany the Paper House out in the wilds of the prairies for a week in wind,sun ,rain and shine. There will be Golden Prairie Family season tickets to win in the different age categories as well as art kits for the best artworks ! so let your imagination run wild. All artworks can be collected from Sussex Prairie garden after the 8th June, but sadly we cannot return them to you in the post.Remember, all pictures will be subject to all the elements so may not be in perfect condition after their adventure !

Coming Soon !

* Pictures from the Frontline with Ron  – The Paper House -his own grand design

*Art – but not as we know it…

*Papier Mache- one step beyond…img202

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