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katienetley1We are delighted that Katie Netley , a ceramic story teller, will be joining us this summer to exhibit in our garden. I loved her joyful and exuberant work the first time I saw it and will hope that she will bring a sense of fun and energy to the borders this summer to complement our plantings.

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Katie has a BA (Hons) in wood, metal, ceramics and plastics (material practice) from Brighton University.

Katie majored in ceramics and graduated in 2011. She has been making sculpture ever since, mainly in clay carving, and is very fond of the use of colour.

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She has a small workshop in her mum’s garden along the river in Godalming.

Katie loves learning about different cultures from far and wide, along with colour and pattern to create her work.

katienetley4Tantalising, bold, bright and outspoken; from ideology to technique, Katie Netley’s recent works have been focused on exploring the influences of totemic tribal artefacts.

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Katie has developed a confident and honest approach towards expression, whilst playfully working through concerns such as: folklore in diverse cultures, the raw celebration of ritual, the significance of dreams, representations of organic life, geometric recurring patterns, the voluptuous female form and the liberal use of intense colour.

Katie undertakes private commissions for bespoke ceramic sculptures.

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Our Group of artists in Residence this year is a very talented group of textile artists and designers- Ali Rabjohns, Vicky Mappin, Susan D’Souza, Sandra Ventris and Bridget Honour.

Their major exhibition will be showing with us from 1st June to 16th October 2016 and the group will be leading some marvellous and inspirational workshops during the course of their time with us .

Focus on – Vicky Mappin

vickymappinagapanthus A4 150dpi-2As a child Vicky was always found in the art room at school, painting and developing her detailed style. She trained as a florist and during that time was inspired to continue with her drawing and painting of botanical work. Attending a four day course at Chelsea Physic Gardens gave her the confidence to take up botanical painting full time.

vickymappinDelphiniums A4 150dpi-3Vicky has always been passionate about nature and the Sussex Countryside. Inspired by colour and fascinated by the detail of living growth, she strives to paint flowers
and vegetables in all their beauty with a certain lightness of touch.

vickymappinSunflowers A4 150dpi-2EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE: SBA Annual Exhibition Arundel Museum
Crypt Gallery, Seaford Florum, Sevenoaks Glyndebourne Opera House Hop Gallery, Lewes Horsham Museum Southwark Cathedral Wakehurst Place

‘To be able to exhibit at Prairie Gardens is a wonderful opportunity
for a botanical artist. My wish being that I had started painting for the show

in 2014 therefore accomplishing a larger display of paintings from the garden. In 2015 when I did get down to it I would return home with such an abundance of plants, I did not know where to begin!’

BOTANICAL PAINTING WORKSHOP 

Vicky is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists. She has been teaching for many years.

The workshops will be structured for all abilities and individual needs. Vicky’s aim is to create a relaxed, informal atmosphere in a long established discipline.

The workshops will take place on the 18th June, 16th July and 27th August from 10am-2pm.

18th June – Spending time observing the structure of your chosen plant. Drawing quick sketches at all angles, practise shading with a pencil. Finally producing a detailed drawing.

16th July – Practise of painting techniques to include wet on wet, dry brush and other methods. Layering colour. Emphasis on colour, shades and tones.

27th August – Choosing subject from the wonderful array of plants in the garden. Drawing and painting chosen subject.

Please bring any materials you have already. The cost of one workshop £65, two £120 and for three £175, £5 extra for Vicky to supply materials which will include use of brushes.

Contact – vickymappin@hotmail.com Phone – 01273 809613

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Our Group of artists in Residence this year is a very talented group of textile artists and designers- Ali Rabjohns, Vicky Mappin, Susan D’Souza, Sandra Ventris and Bridget Honour.

Their major exhibition will be showing with us from 1st June to 16th October 2016 and the group will be leading some marvellous and inspirational workshops during the course of their time with us .

 

Focus on -Susan D’Souza

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Susan D’Souza is a textile artist and teacher who currently runs the Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) courses in Fashion and Textiles at West Kent College.

susand'souzaJuly detailSusan is currently developing a project Inspired by the textures and shifting colours of the Prairie Gardens with the intention of making a piece of textile work each month, to record some of the beautiful moments in nature, that lift us through the course of a year.  Working from photographs and colour studies she aims to translate the images through applique, hand painting and stitch.

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Susan will be holding two workshops with us –

Batik wax resist and hand painting on fabric workshop

Saturday 23rd July 2016. 10am-2pm

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Appliqué and Stitch : Creating textile collage workshop

Sunday 7th August 2016. 10am-2pm

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These two workshops are designed for anyone with an interest in colour, textiles and materials, regardless of experience. They will provide an opportunity to explore simple expressive techniques and play creatively to make individual art textiles. Participants will produce textile samples that could be put into a sketchbook to inspire future projects or used to create small framed pieces of work.

For further information or to reserve a place please contact Susan D’souza on:

susandsouza68@gmail.com 07786613309

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Our Group of artists in Residence this year is a very talented group of textile artists and designers- Ali Rabjohns, Vicky Mappin, Susan D’Souza, Sandra Ventris and Bridget Honour.

Their major exhibition will be showing with us from 1st June to 16th October 2016 and the group will be leading some marvellous and inspirational workshops during the course of their time with us .

Focus on Ali Rabjohns

alirabjohnsimageAli Rabjohns is a Crafts Tutor at The Mount Camphill Community, teaching young adults with special needs a range of crafts including felt, wet on wet painting and basketry. Ali’s aim is to inspire independent creative discovery, resilience and craft skills. Community building and practical creative skills are common themes in her teaching practice, enabling her to work in a very inclusive, person centred way. She has great respect for the Steiner ethos and her teaching practice incorporates a mixture of anthroposophical, therapeutic and holistic approaches, which are constantly evolving

Ali graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art with a postgraduate in Theatre Design. After starting her family, she discovered the magical world of felt at an arts centre in Shoreditch called ‘Arts For All’. She had been searching for something relaxing and natural that she could create at home. Twelve years on, Ali focuses particularly on three-dimensional pieces and art garments, wall hangings or installation work, developing and experimenting with new 3d felting techniques. Ali is mainly inspired by the natural world with all its seasonal colours and forms. She is now studying part time to be an Arts Counsellor at Tobias school of Arts and Therapy and will complete her masters level training next year in 2017.

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Ali enjoys allowing the land and fibre to work though her. Exhibition opportunities in Canada during the summer of 2010 and 2013 enabled her to create a form or unfold a textural idea in response to her spiritual connection to the landscape. Through Ali’s experience of shamanic healing and her previous travels to Peru studying shamanism, her passion is to create a sacred space through felt making and textiles. Her intention is to enable her audience to step outside of time, re-connecting their souls and our ancestor’s cultural heritage. It is also to create a timeless space where people can sense the mystery and wonder of life. Threads of possibilities define an infinite dreamscape where healing and vision can occur.

 

Ali has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions internationally and locally, including The Moon Rain Centre, Canada, Brighton and London, UK. Inspired by the textile arts trail she participated in Canada during the summers of 2010 and 2013, she decided to bring this idea to Sussex Prairies .The Arts group ‘Elemental’ was established by Ali with the intention of working collectively as a group around a theme and for continuing traditional crafts techniques in a contemporary way. She has especially enjoyed developing her visual ideas around the archetype of the ‘Woman between the Worlds’ surrounded by the stunning and magical backdrop of Prairie Gardens.

Workshops at Sussex Prairies 2016
Workshop cost £65.plus £10 for materials
(If people booked all three of my felting workshops, it would be £175, for two workshops it would be £120 and for one it would be £65.)
The aims of this course are:
To develop technical skills associated with felt making.
To develop creative skills in translating personal ideas and designs into felt.
To introduce the work of other artists and designers working with felt.

Through this process, we will become familiar with examples of traditional felts and the work of contemporary artists and designers using felt in their work.
We will work predominantly with merino wool tops (loose wool fibres) but also incorporating other materials to create texture. Carding and blending of coloured fibres in preparation for the felting process is also demonstrated.
The techniques for felt making covered include: making flat felt, nuno and pre-felt ,wall hung and sculptural forms, needle felting.

Please pay the full amount via BACS to Mrs AJ Rabjohns: Acc no 50480355, Sort Code 20-36-16. Please state your name and ‘Sussex Prairies’ as a reference

Flat and Nuno Felting with simple natural dyeing techniques.

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Workshop cost £65.plus £10 for materials

30 July 2016. 10am – 2pm.

 

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Felted Wild Flowers or sculptural hollow forms,

using resists, pebbles and 3d natural materials.

Workshop cost £65 Materials cost: £10. 6 August 2016. 10am – 2pm

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Needle felted Deva’s, Goddesses and Fairies

13th August 2016. 10am – 2pm. Workshop cost £65 Materials cost: £5.
To secure your place, email Ali at i@feltgoodfeltfine.com.     tel 07528614747

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We are delighted that this year we have a textile artist in residence bringing a world of wonderful textile beauty to our garden room exhibition space.

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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. I have co written a book for Batsford/Anova press  which was published in 2013 called ‘Connected Cloth’

A Natural History of the Garden At Sussex Prairies-

Anne has brought an amazing textile exhibition of her latest garden related work and is working on a wonderful collaborative wall piece called A Natural History of the Garden which is helping to raise funds for the RSPB Southeast. Anne will be coming to the garden regularly during the summer to work on the project and to lead drop in sessions of creative stitching on a garden theme with a range of glorious textiles.

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Why not come and try your hand at making a small piece for our wall..we have all the materials you need and even a whole load of inspiration from books and printed materials as well as the big garden of course.

Take Anne’s easy step by step guide to creating your own piece. What better way to spend an afternoon sewing and chatting with friends over a piece of  homemade cake and a cup of tea.

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and if you would like to learn from Anne why not come and join us for one of Anne’s workshops  here on the Prairies-

 A series of Workshops by Anne Inspired by the garden –

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‘Illustrating Garden Poetry’ saturday 28th June 2014

–Looking at the work of some contemporary poets, we will discuss ways to combine stitch and words in a special piece which you will start on the day and finish afterwards. You will create a unique record of your garden, one that you’ve visited or a special plant/flower that you like. Full day workshop.

 

‘Prairie Paper and Stitch’ saturday 26th July 2014

– combining paper and cloth extends your options when working in textiles. In this one-day course, tutor Anne Kelly will demonstrate some basic bonding techniques and help you to make a small folding book form celebrating a favourite green space.

Full day workshop .

 

‘Planting in Cloth’ –Saturday 6th September 2014

Surrounded by the lovely setting of the Prairie Gardens, we will use them as the basis to record plant and flower drawings and paintings on cloth. These will then be stitched using a variety of techniques and can be finished as solo pieces or incorporated into a larger piece. Full day workshop .

 

 

‘Little House on the Prairie’ – Sunday 28th September 2014

A joint parent and child course – using a variety of simple stitch and bonding techniques, create a unique record of your house and garden with a member of your family. You will make the basis of this piece during the one-day workshop and can continue to embellish and add to it at home. Full day workshop .

read more abut Anne on her website http://www.annekellytextiles.com

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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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