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IMG_1073I was delighted to be approached by Helen asking to bring her wonderful sculptures to our garden for exhibition this summer.Come and find her pieces in their particular secret places in the garden when you can ! From her organic forms that so echo our seed heads and plant structures to her delightful Compostella and Compostello they are all pieces that should delight you.
IMG_2558In Helen’s own words –
“I was born in Southern Ireland and initially trained in Drama in London.
I am the proud mother of three children and two wonderful grandsons.
IMG_2556.JPGIn 1994, when I was 46, I became unwell.  It was in the hospital Art Therapy Room that I was given a lump of clay and I passionately believe that given the space and time to create allowed the healing process to begin.
I continued to work with my hands, and to this day I am grateful for my rich and nourishing life.
I attended Adult Education classes in Sculpture and completed a Foundation Arts Course at Northbrook College.
I work with a variety of materials, my favourite is pulped newspaper!  With words, it is recycled, appears fragile , but it is in fact one of the strongest and most enduring materials.  This complements both the strength and the vulnerability expressed in the form.
P1090642.JPGI have exhibited in galleries across England and Ireland and my sculptures, paintings and commissions have found homes in England, Ireland, France and New York.”
HELEN MARY STRONGE
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IMG_6363Can you imagine anything more beautiful than shafts of sunshine shimmering through spectacular glass ? We are delighted that Miranda Ellis has brought some of her stunning art pieces to our garden as an exhibition for this season.

A little bit about -Miranda Ellis Glass

I’m a sculptor working mainly in glass, influenced by the natural world and inspired by restricted views that occur in the landscape.

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An idea for a project may come from the beach or walking in the woods where a found or submerged object will start a creative process. The pattern of wood or a manufactured object texturing a surface or being used itself to be cast directly into glass,reusing and giving a new life to something that has been discarded, as well as working from scratch on a creative idea.

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The process can be exciting but the realisation of an idea can take weeks or months to complete.

My background is in ceramics, figurative sculpture, 3D design and mould making, including refractory moulds that are used for glass casting.

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This year for me has seen the opening of my new studio with gallery space which is open to the public, just west of the pier ‘Two horse’ 236 Kings Road Arches, Brighton Artists Quarter.

I’m delighted to have my work in such an exciting garden.

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Www.mirandaellisglass .com

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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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A new Exhibition on the Prairies :

Jill Tattersall will be coming to Sussex Prairies at the beginning of our open garden season  (June 2013 ) bringing her glorious artworks to exhibit in our Garden Room. As an avid fairy tale connoisseur I am intrigued by Jill’s alter ego the fantastic Mr Wolf . But we shall be talking about the Red Riding Hood factor later !

Jill  opens her house every year as part of the Artists Open Houses season (now on until the end of may 2013 ! )and the Wolf at the Door welcomes all manner of talented artists and crafts people to exhibit in an airy and lovely home and garden setting. So we feel very honoured that Jill has chosen us as the next crumb in the trail of breadcrumbs through the forest .

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Who is this Madame Lupino ?

Jill says :

I’m a compulsive taker of cuttings, sower of seeds and maker of gardens.  I used to earn my living as a medievalist and became interested in herbals and old books and encyclopaedias describing plants and their properties. 

I also loved seeing how people imagined and depicted gardens in earlier civilisations, before perspective complicated things!  Egyptian tomb-paintings, Persian garden rugs, the hortus conclusus of roman or medieval times…. Allotments haven’t changed that much over the millennia.  In hot climates with the desire for a place of coolness, privacy, quiet, and luxuriant growth the idea of the garden of paradise was never far away.

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So plants and gardens, their patterns and colours , their ebb and flow with the seasons, have been an important part of my art. Recently
I designed a curative herb garden in the shape of a medieval world map at the inspirational Dilston Physic Garden in Northumberland.  Drawing, history and plants all in one!

Most of my work is quite time-consuming. I often make the paper for a piece before I even start painting.  Colour is a predominating consideration in everything I do or make, and I use many combinations of paints, inks, dyes and pure pigment to build up intense colour.  I also use recycled and found bits and pieces where I can.

I’ve had many solo exhibitions all over the country and done quite a few garden- or plant-based commissions.  Ask me if you’re interested – recent examples include fig, medlar, quince, aubergine, kiwis, ginkgo. 

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How Jill Works : in her own words

Mixed media is a polite term for a messy and complicated way of working.  For a start, I often make the paper I work on.  Then, for any one piece I may decide I need plaster, glue, paints of various sorts, pigments, inks and dyes and a range of found or reclaimed materials.

I make the paper I use in my pieces outdoors when I can.   It’s a watery process involving multiple splashes and puddles and needs lots of drying space.  I start off with sheets of cotton fibres which I soak, pulp and then form into sheets – or cast over shapes – using a wire mesh screen.  The water has to be squeezed out and the sheets pressed flat.  This makes a beautiful and slightly unpredictable surface to paint on.

If you’re interested, ask and I’ll tell you more!

www.jilltattersall.co.uk

www.facebook.com/MadameLupino (Wolf at the Door)

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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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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extremely cold and incredibly short.. February is a short and sweet little month …we are into February before we even know it ..but this month is our time to play as we spent a couple of days in London for a cultural blast… firstly the Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy… now if you do nothing more, do go and see it and be buoyed up by the extraordinary immersion into nature.. California comes to Yorkshire with a vengeance .

can you imagine such vivid pinks and oranges blazing through an english countryside… it is an exhilerating collection of paintings and we long for spring again as we come through the rooms and are assaulted by the vividness and enormity of the canvasses. If you get a chance to go , do spend time watching the amazing video films which are just stunning and totally fill you with emotion.

Not content with that we also took in the Grayson Perry exhibition at The British Museum: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman . Juxtaposing his own work against some of the most quirky and significant exhibits in the museum Grayson Perry has concocted a rollercoaster of a collection of seemingly random pieces which on reflection so totally answer a lot of our most basic questions. A must see !

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snapshot of loveliness

There is nothing more sure and more focused than a crowd of Cologne marketeers as they weave their unerring way towards a gluhwein stall in Cologne. We were there and we were borne along by that throng of happy revellers into the arms of the glorious and all warming mulled wine grottos. Yes indeed we have sampled the best and the worst of the Cologne tinctures and deemed them all to be perfectly acceptable as a christmas tipple of choice. It is all about the atmosphere isnt it .. the unending trill of the christmas songs , the ominous waft of the oil of a thousand Ribeskuchen (probably not spelt that correctly )but the gist of it is :potato grated into a glutinous flattened rosti which is then thrown into a seething boiling  bucket of hot oil and served with apple sauce) (despite the heartattack certainty , it does taste pretty delicious even though I say it myself and tastes ten times better in a cold winter setting) another important point to note is that Cologne is probably the only location where you can wear a Norwegian pullover and a down jacket and not swelter half to death with heat stroke . And then of course there are the hot pork rolls and thuringer sausages and a veritable cornucopia of  greasy , heartstopping fare coupled with the tooth aching gingerbread hearts slathered in tooth breaking icing in a multitude of unnatural enumbers and colour palettes. Love it !!

India , my India !

And I loved even more the quasi rajasthani tent set up near the Ludvig Museum serving all manner of tasty snacks.

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Cologne was not all about eating, Paul and I also managed to grab some culture and two exhibitions “Me myself and I” an exhibition of photo potraits of Picasso  and Cosima von Bonin’s Cut ! Cut! Cut! for Museum Ludvig’s Sloth section Loop#04 of the Lazy susan series . Music stunning … could feature in Paul’s christmas stocking !!!

all about Christmas

Back to reality at home and the disappointing let down of an advent calender without any christmas puppies in santa hats, kittens in stockings or baby donkeys in the snow. I’m bored of bling and  baubles, tired of timeless tat and tinsel  and cursed corny crackers !tally ho for Christmas !

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