Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Sunshine and the show season begins

After weeks and weeks of rotten weather, Dorset is sunny at last! Up to 25 degrees yesterday with little or no wind - bliss. We're hoping it hangs on for a while, Dorset Art Weeks starts this weekend, a great idea which happens once every two years. Lots of red and yellow signs appear all over the county directing you to studios, workshops and galleries that are participating in the event. It's a great opportunity to see artists at work in their own environment doing what they do.

We took part for the first time two years ago. Stewarts Garden Centre hosts an event. The garden centre is a really inspiring place in a gorgeous location and during Dorset Art Weeks they invite a few local folks to come along to demonstrate and exhibit their work. Last time there was a potter, a textile artist, a furniture maker, a stained glass artist, a sculptor and us! We had a great time.

We were set up with horsebox Bernard in the car park, (the weather was good two years ago too!) It was lovely to be out of the workshop, in the fresh air for a change and we met some really interesting people. If you get the chance, please have a look at the DAW website, there are loads of events all over Dorset for the next two weeks. Come and say hello, or take a leisurely drive around this beautiful county and follow a few of the signs!

We've made some footstool frames especially and will be weaving seats on them during the event. Here's a preview....

The "cricket" stool is recyled from an old child sized cricket set.


Weavin' Wicker Woman said...

Hi Kim and Tim,

Love the new stools you've made, but have one question about them. Why are you wrapping them at the corners on the legs and stretchers, like rattan wicker furniture is wrapped? Just for looks, to do something different? Good luck at your shows!

The Wicker Woman-Cathryn Peters

Kim said...

Thank you Cathryn! The stools are made out of whole rattan using the same techniques as conservatory furniture, so I've bound the corners over the joints for strength and decoration.

Weavin' Wicker Woman said...

Oh sure, that makes perfect sense. I thought the stools were made of hardwood, so was understandably confused. Thanks for clearing up my thoughts.

The Wicker Woman--Cathryn Peters