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Craft in Focus – monthly newsletter

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This month’s Featured Makers Lesley and Adrian of Partners in Pewter

Each month we feature the work of a different artist/maker on our website. Take a look and find out about their inspiration, how they create the work and generally what makes them and their work unique.
October: Partners in Pewter
Adrian and Lesley Doble of Partners in Pewter design and make a unique range of gifts in modern pewter. Their skills base allows them to produce tailor-made items for special occasions whether they are formal and prestigious or un-conventional and contemporary.

View the Work
Partners In Pewter and their work can be seen at the following events:

Hyde Hall, Essex – 12-13 October

Wellington College, Crowthorne – 25-27 October

Sevenoaks School – 1-3 November

RHS Garden Wisley – 27 November – 1 December

Contact Us
Tel: 01622 747 325
info@craftinfocus.com
http://www.craftinfocus.com

Art and Craft Workshops in Stony Stratford

Pottery – Morning, Noon & Night !
Courses or workshops in the daytime, evening and weekends will be starting soon and are suitable for all levels. Let us help you make as much as you can !
4 weeks : Thurs 17th Oct (6-830 pm) and Mon 4th Nov (10-1230 am)
1 day ; Mon 28th Oct and Sat 23rd Nov
Other Classes Beginning in October
4 week courses : Drawing & Painting for Beginners on Wed 16th (6-830 pm) and Introduction to Oil Painting on Wed 30th (130-4 pm)
1 day Workshops : Photography on Sat 5th Oct ; Mixed Media Madness on Thurs 10 Oct ; Oil Painting on Wed 23rd Oct ; Sugarcraft on Fri 25th Oct
0.5 day Workshops : Acrylics on Sat 19th Oct ; Card Making on Thurs 10th Oct and Sat 26th Oct

All our classes are limited to a maximum of only 6 students so you receive all the individual support and personal attention you need.

Roger Whittaker
Stani Gallery
01908 567656
http://www.thestanistudios.co.uk
70 High Street
Stony Stratford

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Craft and Design Experience

Craft and DesignThe Craft & Design Experience will be held from 21-23 June in Henley on Thames and will feature a number of workshops and demonstrations to enable you to experience the creative processes involved in contemporary craft. As well as these workshops and demonstrations, there will be nearly 200 exhibitors displaying and selling their work as well as a wide range of entertainment making this event a must-visit whatever the weather. Here’s a selection of some of the workshops being featured at the event this year. We hope you will try some of these.

Book tickets in advance and save money!

Advance tickets on sale until 6 June. To order telephone 01622 747 325 or visit our website.

Workshops and Activities

Ocarina Playing
Have a go at playing a fully chromatic, concert pitch pottery vessel flutes and ocarinas.

Throw A Pot!
Have a go at throwing on the potter’s wheel. Suitable for all ages. Pots can be fired and glazed. Glaze colours can be seen on the work being exhibited.

Felt Making
This workshop enables you to make your own piece of handmade felt to take away.

Scarecrow Making
A fun workshop for younger visitors wishing to make a scarecrow!

Clay Sculpture
Handbuilding clay sculpture workshop run by international wildlife sculptor, Jan Sweeney.

Didgeridoo Experience
Interactive flute and didgeridoo experience by the maker, Ray Brook.

Batik Workshop
Learn about batik and make your own piece of batik.

Singing Workshop (Saturday only)
The Barberettes are Berkshire’s premier ladies a cappella group renowned for their energetic and passionate renditions of popular songs from the 1920s to the current day. Why not join them in a singing workshop to learn a song in four part harmony?

Caricatures
Demonstrating the art of caricaturing. Drawing on the spot cartoon portraits and contemporary art. Have a caricature done of yourself and your family.

Ceramic Decorating
An enjoyable workshop decorating ceramic hanging ornaments (hearts, animals, beach huts) with mixed media. Ready to take away in an hour and suitable for adults and children.

Make a Fabric Sculpture
Explore your artistic talents and make a beautiful fabric sculpture. Each workshop will consist of between 8-10 people which will allow Susan personally to help and encourage you while you create your own masterpiece to take home. Contact Susan for advance booking and more information: susan@susanlongsculpture.com

Blacksmithing Workshop
Have a go a creating your own metalwork to take home!

Don’t miss this exciting event – a showcase of the best handmade designer crafts in the UK. The Craft and Design Experience has earned an enviable reputation for selecting only the very best professional designers, artists and craftmakers and, unlike some other craft events, has a strict policy of not allowing any imported, mass-produced or bought in work to be displayed.

Stani Art House and Tea Rooms, Stony Stratford

New Gallery & Tea Rooms

The Stani Art House is our exciting new premises in Stony Stratford featuring a wide range of original paintings, collectable limited editions, innovative ceramics and stunning sculpture by leading British and international artists. There is also bespoke patchwork and decoupage furniture, as well as the relaxed and elegant environment of the Tea Rooms.

To celebrate the opening of The Stani Art House, you can win “Pop” – a signed limited edition framed print of only 50 by the UK’s rising urban pop artist Lhouette – worth £ 395 !

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Just collect your free raffle ticket by joining our mailing list at The Stani Art House between Friday 24th May and Sat 1st June for your chance to win this fantastic prize.

We are also delighted to announce that Lhouette will be officially opening The Stani Art House at 12 noon on Sat 1st June when the raffle will be drawn and the winner declared – so you can meet the artist as well as see this fabulous new artistic venue at the same time. Locally based, Lhouette’s work is hugely popular and a sell out success in galleries nationwide. With his striking, edgy mix of pop and fashion, his is an urban style much in demand.

The Stani Art House complements the unique distinctive art of its long established sister gallery – The Stani Gallery in Stony Stratford – with a wide range of original paintings, limited edition prints, innovative ceramics and stunning sculpture by leading British and international artists.There is also bespoke patchwork and decoupage furniture, as well as the relaxed and elegant environment of the Tea Rooms.

Open every day, there is now plenty of opportunity to browse a modern and extraordinary range of art for your home and treat yourself to delicious homemade cakes and sumptuous savouries at any time during the day… all under the same roof.

Even more reason to come and visit us soon !

58 High Street. Stony Stratford. MK11 1AQ
Open Every Day : Mon – Sat 9.30 – 5.30 pm : Sun & Bank Holidays 10 – 5 pm
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Stani Gallery – Art and Craft Workshops

Something New ?
Short Courses Starting Soon

Each course consists of 2-2.5 hour classes over 4 weeks, so you can try something new without too much commitment. And with only 6 students per class you will receive all the personal attention and support you need. All materials and refreshments are included.

The Art of Photography – Wed 24 Oct (eve) or Fri 16 Nov (am)

Pottery – Mon 29 Oct (am) or Tue 30 Oct (eve)

Jewellery Making – Mon 12 Nov (eve)

Watercolour for Beginners – Tues 6 Nov (am)

Introduction to Drawing & Painting – Thurs 8 Nov (am)

Beginners Mosaics – Tues 13 Nov (am)
New One day Workshops

Mosaic Mirrors
Unlock your creative skills and learn how to make a beautiful mosaic mirror using colourful glass and ceramic tiles. This makes a wonderful gift or piece to hang in your own home. 10am – 4pm Fri 2nd Nov

Christmas Mosaics
Come and enjoy making a beautiful mosaic pot stand, mirror or simply a piece of art using a range of glass and ceramic tiles. These make wonderful and unique presents but you may not wish to part with them! 10am – 4pm Fri 7th Dec

Stained Glass – Garden Panel
Introduction to the techniques of leading so you can take home a garden panel at the end of the day.
10am – 6pm Sat 2nd Feb

Stained Glass – Pastels for Animal & Wildlife
Introduction to foiling so you can take home a piece of stained glass art at the end of the day.
10am – 6pm Sat 2nd Mar

Suitable for all beginners with all materials, refreshments and light lunch included.

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Image courtesy of Gail Baxter, Mediation

Framing Space 13 October – 3 November 2012 This is an exciting exhibition brought to Artworks MK by liminal (Gail Baxter, Sue McLaggan, Carol Quarini and Beth Walsh), who are a group of textile designers whose practice has developed from hand-made lace. Framing Space will seek to engage the public with a selection of original and challenging works, wall-based to wearable, using materials varying from net curtains to paper yarn and metal wire.

Events

To coincide with our Heritage Craft project, liminal will be hosting a programme of free events on Saturdays throughout the exhibition. These events are free as they form part of our Heritage Craft programme. Places are limited so please call to book: 01908 608108 or check our website for more information.

Framing Space Preview Sat 13th October , 1 – 3pm Come and join us for the launch of our new exhibition, Framing Space. This exciting exhibition presents original and challenging works by contemporary textile designers. We hope to see you there.

Cloth of Stitch Day School with Beth Walsh Sat 20th October, 10 – 4 pm This workshop will introduce participants to needlelace stitching allowing them to create exciting fabrics that involve contrasts of texture, colour and medium. This is a creative workshop allowing participants of any experience to create their own fabric made of stitches, perhaps using found objects or creating pieces on a large scale.

Bobbin Lace Demonstration and ‘meet the artists’ with Gail Baxter and Carol Quarini Sat 27th October, 1pm Join Gail Baxter and Carol Quarini for demonstrations and discussions of their work.

Needle-Lace Demonstration by Beth Walsh and Sue McLaggan Sat 3rd November, 1pm Join Beth Walsh and Sue McLaggan for a Lace demonstration. Historic Lace in Contemporary Design talk by Beth Walsh Sat 3rd November, 3pm Lace is usually associated with the skills and fashions of the past. How then is it relevant to contemporary design? This talk will explore the use of historical lace designs in new ways and in new contexts. It looks at how traditional lace techniques and attributes are used in challenging and innovative ways, in fashion, architecture and exhibition pieces. In a more specific textile context, the inclusion of colour as well as other media and textile techniques, together with the distortion of pattern and scale, is examined by looking at examples of Beth’s work. Lace is not of the past – it can be an exhilarating part of the present.

For further details or booking information please visit our website at www.artworks-mk.co.uk

Stani Gallery, Stony Stratford – workshops and latest news

New workshops, new art, Artists and News

Check out the Stani Gallery website at http://art-gallery-milton-keynes.co.uk

New Artist in Glass – Julie Larrett

Textile Art Exhibition – Hertford

FREE TEXTILE ART EXHIBITION @ COURTYARD ARTS HERTFORD July 17–28: Take two Work by Carol Cann and Susan Stuart With constructed textiles as a strong base, Susan Stuart and Carol Cann incorporate other media in their work for the full expression of their ideas — at Courtyard arts – www.courtyardarts.org.uk

Blank Canvas Exhibition at The Buszy

Friday 13th July sees the first night of the latest BLANK CANVAS exhibition and new look gallery!

BLANK CANVAS exhibitions promote Milton Keynes based artists in unconventional and relaxed environments, and strives to make art more accessible and affordable for everyone.

It’ll be a relaxed affair, no private views and warm rosé. There will be music playing, the bar open and some nice people enjoying some lovely art.

It’ll be open 6-8pm so feel free to go along for a drink after work or at the start of your night out! Everybody welcome

Anna Peters
Social Enterprise Manager
MaD – Make a Difference CIC
Big Society Award Winners
www.thebuszy.com 
01908 231312

Bucks Open Studios 9th – 24th June 2012

Bucks Open Studios 2012
9th – 24th June
Only 1 week to go until the start of Bucks Open Studios 2012 !
Bucks Open Studios 2012 starts next Saturday, 9th June and runs until Sunday, 24th June.
It’s our biggest year ever, with 293 entries and over 550 artists and makers taking part in venues right across the County.
You can view the full list of entries HERE.
We also have a great online SEARCH facility to help you find venues in a chosen location, or in your favourite medium, or open on your day off, or any combination !
You can also view all of this year’s entries on a MAP – just zoom in by area to see the entry details & click the link (give this one a momment to populate – there’s so many!).
Free hard copy directories are available from any of the venues, and from local libraries, art galleries and tourist information centres
Not local ?  We can post a directory to you – just send us a large Stamped Self Addressed Envelope (A4 size) with two first class stamps to cover postage.  Post your SAE to : Bucks Open Studios, c/o Obsidian Art, Layby Farm, Old Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks. HP22 5XJ.
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