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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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Add- er row at a time !

Join  us for the great big adder knit in our teashop when the garden opens again ! Come and join us for teas,coffees and cakes and enjoy a natter with a bit of knitting thrown in for good pleasure. As part of our theme for this year – Giving Nature a Prairie Home- when we shall be joining with Anne Kelly and the RSPB to promote homes for wildlife- we shall be knitting the biggest adders in the world. Come and pick up some knitting needles and knit a row or two to make the biggest bunch of knitted adders in West Sussex !

Adder – Boy and Girl !

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Pat, my mum, will be there to offer knitting advice and pick up any dropped stiches ! and she can show you a knit and a purl as soon as the adders come out of the basket ! All wool , knitting needles and knitting know how will be waiting for you and the snake charmers !

Fact of the day : the collective noun for a group of adders : A sum of Adders .  You do the math !

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Anne Kelly – Textile and Mixed media artist –  BFA ATCimg128

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We are very excited that textile and media artist Anne Kelly  is coming to be our artist in residence in our 2014 summer and autumn season. Howver in the meantime she will be joining us on the Prairies for two wonderful workshops.(see details below)

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general information : in Anne’s own words

 ” I trained as a fine artist in Canada and the UK and my work reflects these conventions by interpreting them in cloth. Many pieces are box framed and larger work and installation pieces hang without a frame. I also produce smaller pieces for private and public exhibitions and have work in the vatican collection.

In 2013, I continue to collaborate with other artists and am exhibiting in the UK and abroad. I’m available for consultancy work and I am also happy to accept and advise on commissioned work. I have just completed a major public commission.

i have a studio and teach part time and am co writing my first book on textile collaborations ‘connected cloth’  with Cas Holmes.”

This wonderful book is  now out and on sale !

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Anne Kelly – about me

“I collect recycled fabric, paper and ephemera using collage, stitch, photographic and print processes to create a range of work, most of which is framed. My inspirations are travel, memory and vintage imagery from a variety of sources. These have been described as ‘small worlds’ and my current layered mixed media work started life as mainly botanical in subject matter before developing into larger more narrative works. I assemble and reassemble the components of each piece using sketchbooks and digital imagery. Often it can be a small scrap or remnant of fabric that inspires a whole piece.  I am inspired by natural history and gardens. Collaborations are an important aspect of my work and I enjoy working with other artists and teaching. I also produce commissions for private and public individuals  – examples of these ‘collages in cloth’, based on special places, people and spaces can be found on my website.”

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What will these workshops give me ?

A chance to create a piece of garden/nature-inspired textile art in the inspiring surroundings of Sussex prairies gardens with Anne Kelly. All ages and abilities welcome. The cost fo the day will be £ 50 – you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. you should bring materials and equipment for stitching including a sewing machine if you wish.

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September 29, 2013: vintage/recycled garden –old and vintage fabrics enhance and give depth to many projects. students will be asked to search through their collections for florals especially to applique onto a square sample. a mixture of couching and hand embroidery will be used to complete the work. The sample can then be made up into a cushion cover, tote bag or framed piece. materials list to follow.

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October 6, 2013: Birds – are everywhere in textile art at the moment – we will make a small bird stencil using a mixture of contemporary and vintage images as source material. this will then be printed onto various types of fabric and used in a range of samples. these can then be incorporated into larger pieces and embellished further by hand and machine. materials list to follow.

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Please contact Anne to book a place on either course and please send your booking request  with a cheque for £ 50 per course  to A. Kelly, 29 Dynevor Road, Tunbridge Wells, kent TN4 9HP

or contact her on mail@annekellytextiles.com  to arrange payment using Paypal.

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babaracollinsimage3We are overjoyed that Barbara Collins will be returning to our garden again this year,not only to exhibit her fabulous pieces but this time to teach us all how to make some beautiful “Garden Jewellery.”

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Barbara Collins works and teaches from Circle Studio in Brighton.

She originally came to Brighton to study art and gained a degree in Three Dimensional Design specialising in ceramics.Following that she set up a workshop and spent the next few years exhibiting her one-off pieces widely both in the UK and overseas.

She has always loved the surface patterns and textures found in nature, and this combined with simple hand-built forms gives her work a quiet presence that encourages relection and relaxation.

At present she is working with simple plant – inspired forms for both exterior and interior use. these comprise flowers and pods mounted on wires and hanging mobiles.These are mainly in white although Barbara is beginning to introduce colour into her work again.

Barbara has always found the creative making process to be very relaxing and therapeutic and is passionate about helping others to experience this in their busy lives. In the past she has worked in schools, further education , adult education and with the disabled.
She now runs small intimate classes from her studio (and now also Sussex Prairies !) , a beautiful, calm space in which to switch off from the outside world for a while and explore your creativity with expert guidence.

barbaracollinsimage3Our Summer Workshops:Come and learn how to make beautiful ‘jewellery’ for your garden inspired by the plants at the Sussex Prairies Garden . Ceramicist Barbara Collins makes mobiles and flowers and will guide you through the process of designing and making your own using porcelain clay.

Dates: Saturday 15th June 2013 and Monday 1st July 2013.

Time: 10.30am until 4.30pm

Cost: £60

Please bring a packed lunch which you are free to enjoy in the garden. You will receive a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and homemade biscuits on your arrival. Thereafter you may purchase tea/coffee and homemade cakes from the  teashop .

Contact: To book please e-mail Barbara at info@barbaracollins.co.uk or call her on 07963 691369

Your completed work will be fired by Barbara at her Brighton studio and be available to collect from the Sussex Prairies Garden approximately two weeks later.
Directions how to find Sussex Prairies and to read more about this inspirational garden can be found on the website http://www.sussexprairies.co.uk

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When ?

On Saturday 1st December 2012, 10am until 4.30 pm, as the Christmas factor goes into overdrive why not step back a bit and take a day to yourself and your friends and head out to the countryside and our winter Sussex Prairie Wonderland. Frosty days mean ice heaven and a haven of wonderland in our grotto where we shall enjoy a day of making Willow Christmas decorations with Jackie Sweet ( averitable willow wizard !) .

Who with ? 

Jackie is a local willow artist and basketmaker and she shall be teaching us some willow secrets for making a truly natural Christmas for yourself.

What ? What with ?

We will be making different kinds of stars out of willow , bark,rush , phormium leaves and paper strips, small and large wreaths (small ones make a lovely Christmas table decoration with a candle, large ones can be decorated and hung on your door to welcome guests and bring good luck into your home). We will also be making traditional Rush Reindeer from Scandinavia , and there are even some cute willow angels to try your hand at !

Cost ?

The cost will be £75 which includes all materials and refreshments ( I promise there will be gluhwein and mainepies and if the gods are willing, saffrom bed, )but please bring your own lunch. Please wear stout shoes or boots to go out into the garden.

Booking :

For more information or to book a place please contact Jackie on 07733435233 or email jackiesweetbaskets@hotmail.com

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We are nearly there and the countdown has begun : On Sunday 2nd September 2012 (from 11am until 5pm ) a rare collection of exciting nurseries, artists and crafts people will be coming together in the Sussex Prairie garden bringing a great selection of unusual plants and beautiful pieces for you to buy.

A great chance to source some amazing plants and art works for you, your house, your garden and your larder.

We shall be featuring among others the following specialist nurseries :the wonderful Dutch nurseryman Coen Janssen ,Madrona, Edulis, Usual and Unusual Plants, Chris Ghyselen, persicaria breeder, from Belgium, Nymans , Rose Cottage Plants with their bulbs , The Plant Specialist, Daisy Roots, Dysons Nursery, Brighton Plants, Plantbase,Kevin Hughes Plants,Colin Reader with his wildflower meadow seeds and Pineview Plants .

Talented artists and crafts people will be joining us to showcase their work such as the following  : Fiveways artists, Chris Burchell Collins , Si Uwins, Circus Kinetica, Tom Smith ,Jill Tattersall, Barbara Collins, Terrapot,Jackie Sweet willow weaver , Janine Creaye,Sarah Smith and Ken Jaquiery,kate Osborne, Carol Wagstaff , Dave Unsted, Moore Designs , Coalshed pottery ,The Luddite with beautiful reconditioned garden tools and  Michael Ristic  among others.

And for the first time we shall be showcasing some super food suppliers to tempt your taste buds! Such as the wonderful handmade chocolates from Rowdy and Fancys, delicious provsions from Strata and Real Bread from The Real Patisserie!

           Set within the sumptuous naturalistic garden of Sussex Prairies, visitors to the Fair will also be treated to the impressive structural splendours of the architectural grasses in their romantic drifts and the layers of sensual textural planting abounding in this landscape. At this time of year of course, the late perennials and particularly the asters will be at their bold, romantic best!

If you would like more information about the fair, or to talk to Paul or Pauline please call us on 01273 495902 or email usEmail: morlandsfarm@btinternet.com website: www.sussexprairies.co.uk

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