We have open studios at the moment as part of the Artists Open Houses. The christmas one is smaller than the May festival but it is a chance to close down the teaching studio for a month and sit around chatting to the public whilst sipping some mulled wine. I took a few pics last weekend so thought I’d show you some, lots are under £10! I haven’t captured everyones work yet but here are a few lovely things.
The beautiful collars in top image and the textile brooches above are all by Sally Cochrane. I have my eye on the top collar and a knife and fork brooch, maybe the polka dot one with pinky crochet edging.
The creatures above are by Mary Moo an artist who delights in making quirky creatures and bonkers boxes from salvaged textiles and objects.
The lovely needle felted robin above was made by Mia Underwood who wrote this book this year and has made a selection of felted and papier mache figures and animals and a selection of wonderful foxy scarves. Her robin making felting kits have flown out the door since they arrived!
Patrick Edgeley (Mr Bluebird) of course has some work too and this time of year those screenprinted letters are a best seller as they make great kids pressies and are light to post. Our boys have chosen one each for their room and one day soon they might actually be put up!
Lovely Sue of Bunting Boutique has these super sweet fabric stars, one of which hangs in our house all year round, I also bought a sweet paper garland from her too but it is yet to find a home in our chaotic home (still renovating and decorating).
Mary Fellows has her bright and breezy t towels, aprons and prints with us again this year and I love her cloud print.
Now for some Bluebird Jewellery, after a little chat with one of my students I realised I hadn’t catered to those brooch averse customers, so last week I made some vintage button necklaces to go with the brooches I made last month. I creted a few single button necklaces and a treble one too, i also made one with 4 but it was too ugly to contemplate so it lasted about 3 minutes before I cut it up, re fashioned it and have made a few singles from it. I have just realised I didn’t photograph my under a tenner work but hey-ho never mind!
No. 1 son also got in on the act and made some drawings and is now very excited at having made his first £6.00. The robot drawings were his best seller but the pizza is pretty cool too.
Come say hi if you are near by this weekend, Christmas Boutique at Cross Street Workshop, 14b Cross Street, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1AJ