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gregperason6We are delighted to be joined by another young garden sculptor this season – Greg Pearson . We discovered and met Greg at the Firle garden show and loved the twists , turns and organic forms of his work .

gregpearson1As well as his range of quirky and winsome sculptures for any space, Greg will be bringing a large aspirational piece which will be taking centre stage in our newly revamped border. We cannot wait to see this ! 

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Here is Greg in his own words –

“I am a young sculptor specialising in metal garden features and structures. Brought up in a heavily influential design and art family setting, I have grown a passion for abstract shapes and natural form. I now love creating unique garden and outdoor features working almost exclusively in metal – mostly steel.

gregpearson3I seek inspiration from all types of gardens and settings, and favour the theme of using single lengths of material to create sculptures with unique and provoking shapes and forms, not purposely based on any existing flower or plant – instead creating new ones, to fill the imaginary void in ones garden flowerbed! All of my sculptures are completely handmade, hand bent free form by eye. This lets all pieces be unique and have a natural organic feel.

gregpearson6I’m based in Effingham, Surrey, where I share fantastically well equipped family workshop, and I’m always close nature and inspiration in our garden and surrounding woodland “

Greg Pearson – Garden Sculptor

http://www.gregpearsonoriginals.co.uk

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Go wild in the Country….feel  absolutely free

Join us on Sunday 26th June , 1pm until 5pm ,with Sussex Wildlife Trust and Anne Kelly ,renowned author of Textile Nature, a new book celebrating wildlife and giving invaluable guidance on how nature can be inspirational in  textile art .

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Being Wild in Your Garden

How to attract wildlife into your garden is among the advice on offer at this open day.

Gardening expert Peter Crawford ,from the Sussex Wildlife Trust , will offer tips on attracting butterflies, hedgehogs and toads into gardens and green spaces.

AnnekellyflowerimageYour gardening questions can be answered by Peter and learn how children can be encouraged to go wild and sow seeds in paper pots to take home.

IMG_7560Anne Kelly, Textile Artist

Anne Kelly featured as our artist in residence in 2014 and was really inspired by her time in our garden. On Sunday  Anne will be joined by many of her fellow artists and contributors to the book and we will see the unveiling of The Stitched Shed . The shed will be travelling as part of a major exhibition being taken by Anne to The prestigious  Knit and Stitch Show in London, Harrogate and Dublin. Anne will be available to sign copies of her new book , and lucky winners in the Sussex Wildlife Raffle will be able to win an original artwork from Anne and others.

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follow the link to this voucher to get half price entry to Sussex Prairies on Sunday 26th June   https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/admin/resources/swtprairegardenvoucher.jpg

 

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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 – Vicky Mappin

vickymappinagapanthus A4 150dpi-2As a child Vicky was always found in the art room at school, painting and developing her detailed style. She trained as a florist and during that time was inspired to continue with her drawing and painting of botanical work. Attending a four day course at Chelsea Physic Gardens gave her the confidence to take up botanical painting full time.

vickymappinDelphiniums A4 150dpi-3Vicky has always been passionate about nature and the Sussex Countryside. Inspired by colour and fascinated by the detail of living growth, she strives to paint flowers
and vegetables in all their beauty with a certain lightness of touch.

vickymappinSunflowers A4 150dpi-2EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE: SBA Annual Exhibition Arundel Museum
Crypt Gallery, Seaford Florum, Sevenoaks Glyndebourne Opera House Hop Gallery, Lewes Horsham Museum Southwark Cathedral Wakehurst Place

‘To be able to exhibit at Prairie Gardens is a wonderful opportunity
for a botanical artist. My wish being that I had started painting for the show

in 2014 therefore accomplishing a larger display of paintings from the garden. In 2015 when I did get down to it I would return home with such an abundance of plants, I did not know where to begin!’

BOTANICAL PAINTING WORKSHOP 

Vicky is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists. She has been teaching for many years.

The workshops will be structured for all abilities and individual needs. Vicky’s aim is to create a relaxed, informal atmosphere in a long established discipline.

The workshops will take place on the 18th June, 16th July and 27th August from 10am-2pm.

18th June – Spending time observing the structure of your chosen plant. Drawing quick sketches at all angles, practise shading with a pencil. Finally producing a detailed drawing.

16th July – Practise of painting techniques to include wet on wet, dry brush and other methods. Layering colour. Emphasis on colour, shades and tones.

27th August – Choosing subject from the wonderful array of plants in the garden. Drawing and painting chosen subject.

Please bring any materials you have already. The cost of one workshop £65, two £120 and for three £175, £5 extra for Vicky to supply materials which will include use of brushes.

Contact – vickymappin@hotmail.com Phone – 01273 809613

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DSC06215when we look for that freedom of planting  and subtle touch of colour and texture we really need look no further than some of the planting schemes devised by nature herself .

DSC06206On the beach on the fringes of Napier, New Zealand , we saw some of the most wonderful combinations and hues artlessly put together without any hand of man involved. It is for this artless and effortless beauty that we all strive.

DSC06214Some of the flowers would open but fleetingly during the day in the sunshine giving a totally different scene if you happened upon them later in the day.DSC06209

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Anne Kelly – Textile and Mixed media artist –  BFA ATCimg128

www.annekellytextiles.com

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We are very excited that textile and media artist Anne Kelly  is coming to be our artist in residence in our 2014 summer and autumn season. Howver in the meantime she will be joining us on the Prairies for two wonderful workshops.(see details below)

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general information : in Anne’s own words

 ” I trained as a fine artist in Canada and the UK and my work reflects these conventions by interpreting them in cloth. Many pieces are box framed and larger work and installation pieces hang without a frame. I also produce smaller pieces for private and public exhibitions and have work in the vatican collection.

In 2013, I continue to collaborate with other artists and am exhibiting in the UK and abroad. I’m available for consultancy work and I am also happy to accept and advise on commissioned work. I have just completed a major public commission.

i have a studio and teach part time and am co writing my first book on textile collaborations ‘connected cloth’  with Cas Holmes.”

This wonderful book is  now out and on sale !

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Anne Kelly – about me

“I collect recycled fabric, paper and ephemera using collage, stitch, photographic and print processes to create a range of work, most of which is framed. My inspirations are travel, memory and vintage imagery from a variety of sources. These have been described as ‘small worlds’ and my current layered mixed media work started life as mainly botanical in subject matter before developing into larger more narrative works. I assemble and reassemble the components of each piece using sketchbooks and digital imagery. Often it can be a small scrap or remnant of fabric that inspires a whole piece.  I am inspired by natural history and gardens. Collaborations are an important aspect of my work and I enjoy working with other artists and teaching. I also produce commissions for private and public individuals  – examples of these ‘collages in cloth’, based on special places, people and spaces can be found on my website.”

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What will these workshops give me ?

A chance to create a piece of garden/nature-inspired textile art in the inspiring surroundings of Sussex prairies gardens with Anne Kelly. All ages and abilities welcome. The cost fo the day will be £ 50 – you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. you should bring materials and equipment for stitching including a sewing machine if you wish.

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September 29, 2013: vintage/recycled garden –old and vintage fabrics enhance and give depth to many projects. students will be asked to search through their collections for florals especially to applique onto a square sample. a mixture of couching and hand embroidery will be used to complete the work. The sample can then be made up into a cushion cover, tote bag or framed piece. materials list to follow.

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October 6, 2013: Birds – are everywhere in textile art at the moment – we will make a small bird stencil using a mixture of contemporary and vintage images as source material. this will then be printed onto various types of fabric and used in a range of samples. these can then be incorporated into larger pieces and embellished further by hand and machine. materials list to follow.

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Please contact Anne to book a place on either course and please send your booking request  with a cheque for £ 50 per course  to A. Kelly, 29 Dynevor Road, Tunbridge Wells, kent TN4 9HP

or contact her on mail@annekellytextiles.com  to arrange payment using Paypal.

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babaracollinsimage3We are overjoyed that Barbara Collins will be returning to our garden again this year,not only to exhibit her fabulous pieces but this time to teach us all how to make some beautiful “Garden Jewellery.”

barbarcollinsimage4Bio :
Barbara Collins works and teaches from Circle Studio in Brighton.

She originally came to Brighton to study art and gained a degree in Three Dimensional Design specialising in ceramics.Following that she set up a workshop and spent the next few years exhibiting her one-off pieces widely both in the UK and overseas.

She has always loved the surface patterns and textures found in nature, and this combined with simple hand-built forms gives her work a quiet presence that encourages relection and relaxation.

At present she is working with simple plant – inspired forms for both exterior and interior use. these comprise flowers and pods mounted on wires and hanging mobiles.These are mainly in white although Barbara is beginning to introduce colour into her work again.

Barbara has always found the creative making process to be very relaxing and therapeutic and is passionate about helping others to experience this in their busy lives. In the past she has worked in schools, further education , adult education and with the disabled.
She now runs small intimate classes from her studio (and now also Sussex Prairies !) , a beautiful, calm space in which to switch off from the outside world for a while and explore your creativity with expert guidence.

barbaracollinsimage3Our Summer Workshops:Come and learn how to make beautiful ‘jewellery’ for your garden inspired by the plants at the Sussex Prairies Garden . Ceramicist Barbara Collins makes mobiles and flowers and will guide you through the process of designing and making your own using porcelain clay.

Dates: Saturday 15th June 2013 and Monday 1st July 2013.

Time: 10.30am until 4.30pm

Cost: £60

Please bring a packed lunch which you are free to enjoy in the garden. You will receive a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and homemade biscuits on your arrival. Thereafter you may purchase tea/coffee and homemade cakes from the  teashop .

Contact: To book please e-mail Barbara at info@barbaracollins.co.uk or call her on 07963 691369

Your completed work will be fired by Barbara at her Brighton studio and be available to collect from the Sussex Prairies Garden approximately two weeks later.
Directions how to find Sussex Prairies and to read more about this inspirational garden can be found on the website http://www.sussexprairies.co.uk

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Rambo and his Lamb

Bebe is here exhibiting in the garden with her rare collection of beautiful and inspirational ceramic sculptures. We have on display a dazzling array of flower forms ,animals, totems and whirlpool and whirlwind  vases which are being shown to their best within our planted beds.

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Bio: Bebe says that nature has always been a major source of inspiration for her. She combines elements from landscapes and objects found , and then simplifies and transforms the initial idea through the creative process into something new.
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The Whirl pots are delightful exploring Bebe’s passion for shells and fish and could be enjoyed inside or outside , but anywhere where you can gaze down into the vortex !

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These pieces are  assembled from thrown sections of a stoneware clay,altered and impressed with objects she has found and they explore a passion she has for shells and fish.

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