Archive for March, 2016

March 23rd, 2016

Knife Making in the Alde Valley

Two years ago The Artists and Bronze Casters of Butley Mills Studios brought a mobile foundry to White House Farm for the 2014 Alde Valley Spring Festival. Watching glowing liquid bronze being poured into moulds in the back farmyard prompted the question of whether bronze casting had ever taken place before in the local landscape, many centuries […]

March 23rd, 2016

A Family of Ball Back Side Chairs

There must have been some collective name in Suffolk dialect for a large set of matching Ball Back chairs. One of the curiosities about the Spring Festival’s Suffolk Chair Collection is that there are no makers’ marks on any of the chairs. Another is that there seem to be very few surviving sets of matching […]

March 22nd, 2016

Heritage Skills in the Alde Valley and East Suffolk

In the autumn of 2015 the farm launched a series of small pop up studios in association with Suffolk Heritage Skills – a consortium of local artisans and makers who specialise in traditional heritage skills : green oak framing; sign writing; stained glass work; chair making. For Spring 2016 the farm and Spring Festival are hosting a […]

March 22nd, 2016

Tourist in Transit

“The Tourist” by Craig Hudson was the key exhibit in the first Summer Show last year. The aim of this project is to highlight the work of up-and-coming artists from East Anglia. Each year a selected artist is offered a curated solo show in June to promote their work to a wider audience. “The Tourist” was Craig’s largest sculpture […]

March 22nd, 2016

The Eye of Achilles ~ Echoes of Suffolk Punches in the Land

In the late nineteenth century there were several tens of thousands of Suffolk Punch horses in the county. They worked the land and carried crops. It is probably no exaggeration to say that they trod almost every acre of productive farmland in Suffolk, and helped make the land what it is today. We owe these […]

March 22nd, 2016

Return to the Howgills ~ Jan 2016

I returned to the Howgills in late December 2015 to stay for 2 weeks in Kelleth. This was to spend some quiet time on Spring Festival planning and to embark upon a longer period of drawing. My focus was the northern flanks of the fells, running from Harter Fell, Knoutberry, the Knott and Greenbell round to […]

March 22nd, 2016

Drawing in the Howgills

The Howgill Fells are tucked between the Lake District and North Penines. One of the most beautiful approaches to them is from Richmond through Swaledale and over the top of the moors beside Nine Standards Rigg – making sure to stop at Muker to visit the Swaledale Woollens shop and the adjacent pub. The rivers […]

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