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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.



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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Call me Ingmar , or Pauline even, but now I feel I can Look through a glass.. but not at all Darkly … as Louise Durham’s driftwood sculptures beset with jewelled glass are anything but dark.

Louise returns to our garden with her beautiful driftwood and stained glass sculptures and my life falls into the realm of Alice in Wonderland again. Catching the sunlight through their portals of red,yellow , blues and greens I fell like a rainbow has fallen to earth and been cunningly wrought into her work.There are true colours of Venice captured in a  moment !


About Louise :

In her own words ” I am never happier than when I am tucked away in my workshop playing with shiny glass.”


Her stained glass sculptures are made from recycled groyne wood, each piece unique in its shape and form. Each piece is made with love, bringing together the character of the wood and the colours of the glass.  Like stained glass windows in churches, these sculptures have a spiritual presence, transforming any outdoor space.  The true magic happens when the light hits them and they come alive, with the colours radiating onto the wood and into the garden.


Read all about Louise , contact her and see more examples of Louise’s work  on her website www.louisevdurham.com

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When autumn comes a calling with her auburn locks all touseled and our grasses are whipping like witches ,the rare shafts of sunlight are magical indeed and to see them refracted through coloured glass like  jewels and rare diamonds is a pleasure indeed . So Paul and I are very pleased to welcome  Louise Durham  to our garden with her dynamic stained glass  driftwood sculptures.

Come and see how  beautiful they look in the garden catching the last rays of the sun shine as it hollers through the grasses as the sun drops at the end of the day. Even during these sunny autumnal peaceful days the light catches the rainbow colours and boundless colours shimmer across the heleniums and asters. Real magical gem stone bling !

Lousie’s work can be seen in our garden right up until our last open day on 14th October 2012. Her website is www.louisevdurham.com.

some how I think we are going to find that illusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow !

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