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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 -Sandra Ventris

Sandra 1-2Sandra Ventris began her creative training at Brighton Art School on Foundation Year and then studied Fine Art BA Hons at Sheffield School of art .
Her involvement with theatre began at Sheffield Crucible , a 6 month tour as Wardrobe Mistress –adding tailoring and cutting to her skills she worked as a Theatrical tailor for various Opera and Costume houses in London and Sussex.
Sandra has been involved in many fringe production in a variety of roles performing , directing and designing .
In 2005 she took up a place on the Motley theatre design course in Drury Lane as a postgraduate student
SandraventrisimageThe opportunity to work with textiles to bring the threads of my skills into play with making and celebrating FELT in the fantastic environment of Sussex Prairie Gardens is a wonderful opportunity

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Ali Rabjohns canada felt work

This summer we are joining with Evolution Arts & Natural Health from Brighton to bring many talented artists and crafts people to our garden  to join us for a series of inspirational workshops .

our workshop at Sussex Prairies with Ali

The weekend of 9th and 10th June we are looking forward to being joined by the extraordinary felt maker Ali Rabjohns for a two day workshop .She will also be exhibiting her felt works in the garden with us this summer.

Ali Rabjohns canada felt work

So who is Ali ?

Ali is passionately involved with examining ideas about human and spiritual connection with the universe, both within and beyond the human body. She is inspired by the natural world with all its seasonal colours and macro/micro forms and primarily uses the ancient art of felt making because it’s so versatile and therapeutic to do.

Ali rabjohns felt workshop

 What can she do ?
As an artist and a member of the International Feltmaker’s Association, Ali has many years experience in designing and making her own work as well as devising and delivering educational projects in a variety of settings, either individually, or as part of a team.
She runs creative felting workshops as an experienced community artist and tutor, teaching many diverse groups ranging from young adults to adults with special needs. Ali teaches a broad range of creative feltmaking skills , including nuno and flat felt , 3d forms and textural landscapes. Her aim is to inspire a love of discovery and creative exploration that will lead to confidence with a feeling of empowerment and peace. She’s a member of an artist group, Earth keepers – who focus specifically on public art projects and workshops that combine intuitive skills with a deep sense of unity, the earth and the community.

Ali Rabjohns felt

where can you find her work ?
Ali has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally and locally, including The Moon Rain Centre in Canada as well as London, U.K and regularly shows her work as part of The Brighton Festival. This summer she will be joining us here in the garden for a unique outdoor show.And how fitting that we also have our rare breed Shetland sheep who we can  also enjoy meeting over the two days  !

Ali Rabjohns Felt chandelier

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