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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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winter2012 038It all started very innocently, if dramatically, by a mass breakout of the ram lambs (but not my favourites : Curly, Curly’s Brother or Wills), from the Little Field, through the thick spiny hedge, on to the main road. Alerted and aided by our favourite Jewsons delivery man, and concerned passers by, we managed to herd the rest of the misfits back into the field with copious amounts of sheeep food. By awesome detective work (wool on barbed wire)  we located the hole that they had made in the hedge and set about effecting repairs. The small ram lambs kept sidling back to see if they could escape again once our backs were turned but were easily shooed away once we had thrown hammers and sickles at them! But there lurked a far greater danger in waiting. An evil brown monster bent on trouble. Like a perverted dirty old man he ambled along the hedge line supposedly minding his own business but obviously pitching for a fight. Being shooed away was not in his game plan as he took the initiative to mount a full scale full on attack. This involved running at us full pelt with horns and knee breaking boulder sized thick head at the ready to do serious damage. Thank fully , Paul is not only a master gardener but fully versed in the wily arts of matedor cape swirling. (all learnt from Strictly Come Dancing ) and was able to deflect the onslaught by dexterous Barbour jacket moves which unnerved the ovine tornado bearing down upon us. A couple of passes and he managed to catch hold of his lethal horns and manhandle him unceremoniously to the ground and sit on him. So far so good but sitting on him was like sitting on an unexploded bomb as the heaving mass of testosterone fuelled muscle quivered in rage. To avoid counter attacks from the young bucks I managed to get them all into the garden field and then grabbed hold of a horn each and  dragged the fuming mass of machismo in with them.

Shaken but not stirred we carried on to check the ewes.

winter2012 039But dark clouds were brewing and it was only a matter of minutes before the boys (led by evil personified , Othello), had broken out of the field again and were up at the house garden looking for trouble. In fact looking for a dear old unsuspecting pensioner, Pat, my mum. Ignoring mum and her enticing bucket of food the devil incarnate knocked her to the ground and set about beating her up. Being a tough old farmers wife , mum managed to grab his horns and drag herself up and away from the battering to alert us to his antics.

Another sackful of sheep food and all were enticed back into their stronghold again.Field now only to be entered with armed bodyguard, cape and pitchfork. But the harsh future is writ large as the date for execution draws nigh .

winter2012 035 It was only later when we discovered what had happenend during his sex fuelled rape and pillage ploy as the poor old sheep sculptures will testify. Horribly abused by hooves and wilful uncontrolled lust they lay scattered and abused on the ground.

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Ali Rabjohns has brought an amazing piece of felt to the garden. It can be seen as you enter the garden on the edge of the woodland. Tantalising seedpods hang from the tree as you approach the main work which is positioned next to a wonderful gnarled old oak tree.

It will be very interesting to see how the piece of felt is incorporated into the natural garden and landscape over time and how it weathers down through all the weather the British summer can throw at it.

To me , with apologies to TS Elliot , it really feels like I am “entering the whirlpool” between sky and sea. Tentacles of sea like anemones reach blindly for you as you spiral down into the depths of the vasty deeps. This is a totally tactile piece and you want to touch and explore the nodules and craters with your fingers and even rub your face against the woolly hide.

Why not come and explore it for yourself ? you can even meet some of our Shetland  sheep who contributed the wool which went into making the piece.

You can find out more about the artist at :

Ali Rabjohns,

Website : http://www.feltgoodfeltfine.com/indexhibit/index.php?/gallery/3d-work/

Email : i@feltgoodfeltfine.com Mob : 07528614747

Blog :http://feltgoodfeltfine.com/wordpress/

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