A work of art in itself – the beautiful, half timbered Market House in Ledbury is a regular exhibition space for the Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen. Their pieces for h.Art Week 2015 included work in wood, felt, stained glass, leather, ceramics as well as jewellery and paintings:
My own prints and cards were on display at Venue 86, Studiocrafts, run by Susan Melvin and Frances Beaver – a new venue for h.Art . At the entrance to our display we had a colouring in board which proved very popular!
But of course there were almost 100 other venues this year and I was determined to see some of them for myself so at the first opportunity I hot-footed it down to Bankside Industrial Estate to see a talented group of ceramicists: master potter Stuart Houghton – who kindly threw a pot just for me! – Stuart’s wife Wendy, who creates very delicate 3-D creations out of fine strips of porcelain paper clay, Fleen Doran, who produces wood-fired salt glazed pots , and Belatrova who make lamps, bird baths and pots in beautiful bold designs like this one – which I bought for my conservatory (bang goes my profit!!)
A completely different but no less interesting display of fabrics was to be found at the well known Weavers Gallery in Church Lane, run by Jill Exell and Amanda Wright, two accomplished quilters – well, an understatement if ever there was one! – the work is meticulous, imaginative, in short – impressive!
Being shown back at our own venue was the film made last year by Will Hopkins. If you participated in hArt in 2014 you will remember that Will took on the mammoth task of visiting all of the 100 and some odd hArt venues on his motorbike. His idea was to then produce a DVD to promote his own film making skills but also as a visual record of the event for all of us. We were treated to a viewing of the final 45 minute film as his partner, Angel, was exhibiting her photos with us and very enjoyable it is too. The DVD is available through the h.Art Facebook Page.
I will leave you with some images of my best selling postcards and look forward to next year.