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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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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 !

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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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On the High Seas

We are very much looking forward to the quirky sculptor Paul Cox coming to our garden this summer . And to kick start his season , he is  joining us for our Little Paper House on the Prairie event and shall be bringing some very large paper boats to float on our ponds and across the grassy swathes.. The seas will lap our shores !

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Who is he and what does he do?

Paul is an award winning sculptor specialising in mixed Media construction. He was awarded the Henry Moore scholarship to study postgraduate sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, London. His sculptural work is represented internationally in public and private collections.

Paul lives and works in the South-east where he runs a workshop that produces his one off sculptural work and a range of affordable unique items for home and garden . Paul sells his affordable range directly to the public at craft fairs, art markets, open houses and gardens.

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He will be exhibiting in our garden throughout the summer and autumn and at our unusual plant and art fair on 31st august ! From larger commissioned pieces to smaller sized garden stakes and individual decorative pieces you can be sure you will be amused and captivated

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What other people say….

“The art world has been accused of taking itself to seriously, so its refreshing to discover an artist whose work has a tongue in cheek approach”.

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Sussex Life Magazine

“Art should provoke emotions and enrich our lives and Paul offers sculpture with an undeniable boyish charm that is infectious. It is impossible not to smile at, or interact with, his idiosyncratic style. paul’s sculpture thrives on a sense of play, but his work should not be regarded as a novelty. He is a dedicated artist who consciously chooses not to take himself to seriously, providing a breath of fresh air to the contemporary art market”.

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Read More about Paul Cox and see more images of his work on his website www.paul-cox.co.uk.

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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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It’s all about the Build : Last time I wrote we were on the brink of paper plans becoming paper architecture and now it becomes a reality as the paper house is ready to be papered..

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Sort of like an Egyptian Joseph it is now ready for it’s coat of many colours. The paper prairie garden is also ready for paper action … No paper wait here we are ready to get out the glue and magazines and make merry.

The architects Ron and Libby (trusty Friends of Sussex Prairies have worked tirelessly with power tools and passion and will receive the golden award in paper craftsman and womanship.Watch this space now for the tiniest Paper House on the Prairie ever – this house’s mini sister- which is now being created to join the Chelsea Fringe Brighton Exhibition: The Hanging Gardens of Brighton !

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Cutting Edge : Yesterday saw the Friends of Sussex Prairies draw their glue guns and fire away at paper flower making for the paper garden . In this wintery scene the flower power of colour gives us all  a summer boost !

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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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