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Joining us as one of our artists whose work we shall be selling through our gift shop is the very talented Rosemary Myles- mosaic maker.

In Rosemary’s Own Words –
“After many years being office-bound, in 2014 I finally found myself with the time to indulge in some hobbies, and spend more time outside walking in the beautiful Sussex countryside, and gardening, and to explore mosaic, which I had very briefly tried the year before at a couple of excellent workshops with local mosaic artists. I have never considered myself to be particularly artistic (and actually still don’t!), but I do get great pleasure from designing and creating mosaics, from the early stage of tracking down the materials and base items, exploring colour combinations and the satisfaction of the final stage of grouting, Generally my inspiration comes from a love of nature, and sometimes it is just a simple mix of colours that get me started on a design.
Grouting1After discovering the ‘pique assiette” style of mosaic, using broken china pieces to form a mosaic, I now I enjoy mixing things up a little by using vintage china within traditional ceramic or glass tiles on items such as flower pots. jugs and trays. I use the more intricate cut tile work for plaques and bowls.

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I am now selling my work at occasional art or craft fairs, and am delighted to have mosaics for sale at Handmade at Cranleigh, and at the beautiful Sussex Prairies Garden.
I am a member of the Horsham Artists Open Studios Group”

Rosemary Myles/Studio28 Mosaics : Unique mosaics designed and crafted by Rosemary. http://www.studio28mosaics.com

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terryguileimage2As one of our regular Exhibitors at our annual Unusual Plant & Art Fair we are now very pleased to invite Terry Guile to exhibit in our teashop with her collection of jewellery.

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In Terry’s own words-

“My name is Terry Guile and I was brought up on a farm on the
South Downs, just outside of Brighton. I am lucky enough to live
in a village where I have my own workshop.

terryguileimage1I design and make silver jewellery using semi precious stones
and pearls. I use silver wire or sheet which I cut, texture and form
into the finished piece.

terryguileimage4If there is a piece you like but there is
an issue with the size please feel
free to discuss

terryguileimage2http://www.terryguile.com
terryguile@btinternet.com
Tel: 01403 711356″.

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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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On the High Seas

We are very much looking forward to the quirky sculptor Paul Cox coming to our garden this summer . And to kick start his season , he is  joining us for our Little Paper House on the Prairie event and shall be bringing some very large paper boats to float on our ponds and across the grassy swathes.. The seas will lap our shores !

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Who is he and what does he do?

Paul is an award winning sculptor specialising in mixed Media construction. He was awarded the Henry Moore scholarship to study postgraduate sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, London. His sculptural work is represented internationally in public and private collections.

Paul lives and works in the South-east where he runs a workshop that produces his one off sculptural work and a range of affordable unique items for home and garden . Paul sells his affordable range directly to the public at craft fairs, art markets, open houses and gardens.

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He will be exhibiting in our garden throughout the summer and autumn and at our unusual plant and art fair on 31st august ! From larger commissioned pieces to smaller sized garden stakes and individual decorative pieces you can be sure you will be amused and captivated

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What other people say….

“The art world has been accused of taking itself to seriously, so its refreshing to discover an artist whose work has a tongue in cheek approach”.

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Sussex Life Magazine

“Art should provoke emotions and enrich our lives and Paul offers sculpture with an undeniable boyish charm that is infectious. It is impossible not to smile at, or interact with, his idiosyncratic style. paul’s sculpture thrives on a sense of play, but his work should not be regarded as a novelty. He is a dedicated artist who consciously chooses not to take himself to seriously, providing a breath of fresh air to the contemporary art market”.

Nicolas Toovey 2012

Read More about Paul Cox and see more images of his work on his website www.paul-cox.co.uk.

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With a summer of wool and sheep ahead of us we are delighted to welcome our newest artist  to the fold : Mo Jackson :a felt maker extraordinaire !

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Mo’s Bio :

• BA Graphic Design/illustration
• Member of the International Feltmakers Association
• Member of the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
• Member of the East Sussex Guild of Craftworkers

She has been a graphic designer and illustrator for twenty five years but textiles have always been her first love. Now she is pleased to say she is leaving behind the computer and getting back to a more hands on approach to her creativity. Her life is now about  designing and illustrating in wool!

What is Feltmaking ?

Feltmaking is a facinating process of taking unspun wool fibres, adding soap, water and elbow grease and making it into a non-woven material. It’s fun, therapeutic and totally addictive…I’m sure you’ll think so too.

Our Workshops with Mo :

Birds, Bees and Butterflies – Needle felting workshop- Saturday 8th June 2013 , 1pm -4pm

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Needle felting is a dry felting process which involves no sewing, instead it uses a special needle with notches. By prodding the needle into the wool fibres this makes the fibres knit together, allowing you to make any shape you like… a kind of moulding in wool. In this workshop we will be making a variety of birds, bees and butterflies. It’s easy and fun, come and give it a go!

Felted Art Workshop- Friday 16th August 2013: afternoon 1pm -4pm

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In this workshop you will be bonding wool fibres onto a fabric base, this is called ‘nuno felting’. Wool fibres are laid down on the fabric in the design of your creation. Warm water and soap are added. The wool and fabric are rolled in bubble wrap and aggitated back and forth untill they fuse togerther. The end result is your own felted fabric art. Come and set YOUR woolly creativity free.

Felted Flowers Workshop- Thursday 27th June 2013 afternoon 1pm -4pm

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Felted flowers can be as varied as the real thing. You will be guided step-by-step though the ‘wet felting’ process. Wool fibres are massaged together with soap and warm water to form the felted flowers. Come and be inspired by the garden and make a corsage for yourself or as a gift for a friend…if you can bear to give them away!

Felted Soap and Pebbles Workshop- Saturday 24th August 2013 afternoon 1pm -4pm

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Felting around objects is fun and very therapeutic. The felted soap is good to use as an exfoliator in the bath. It also shrinks with the soap! Bring your own bars of soap if you prefer. Felted pebbles are lovely tactile objects that can be used as paper weights or just to have as decoration on a table. Both are great to give as gifts. All materials provided.

To book any of the above courses all you need to do is contact us and we shall send you a booking form. Each session costs £25.. Why not come with your friends and family and have a fun afternoon making beautiful things !

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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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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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