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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 crafting of the Willow Village

Over the winter we are made the infamous Willow Village down in the dampest part of the garden where previously the herd of plastic sheep roamed . Since their unfortunate abuse by the (late) ram Othello (now in handy non agressive frozen pieces) they are now in a place where they can have closure from that unfortunate incident and move on to pastures new.

Perfect Curve is the name of the first dome which was created by Lyn and Ruth which features bold (roundish) windows. Window making was found to be a craft requiring some skill, agility(knots, string, fingers in a  synchronised way  ) and fiendishly strong willow bending to master. By the end of the window making Ruth and Lyn had graduated from the “square” window to a very passable “perfect circle”.

The Gherkin(my work in progress)  is the second dome. And passably recognisable as said landmark with a large degree of artistic licence. Bill and Angie also had a go (grumbling about lack of workable materials !)  and the village was complete and now is a fuzzy little place in all our hearts.

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Willow Garden Structures Workshop 20th July 2013, 10am until 430 pm

Talking of Willow though , Jackie will be returning to the Prairies  on 20th July to run a class teaching  us how to make some fabulous willow garden supports .

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Willow artist Jackie Sweet will show you how to make sturdy obelisks for growing sweet peas, beans and even pumpkins up, as well as different kinds of trellis, fans and small domed plant supports. Or how to make something to fit a certain space in your garden.Places are  limited to ensure a good amount of one to one tuition.Jackie has over 10 years experience of working with willow and is a lovely lady. She will provide all the materials and tools. All you need to do is bring a sense of fun and energy and  a picnic lunch to enjoy in the garden.

Cost £80 which includes teas and coffees and a delicious piece of homemade cake plus unlimited access to the beautiful prairie gardens to enjoy at your leisure either during the lunch break or after the workshop has finished.

For more information or to book a place please contact Jackie on 01273 400444 or email:jackiesweetbaskets@hotmail.com

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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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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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