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 collection of Pop Up Open Studios during the Festival’s four week season in some of the old buildings in the farmyard. Recipients of Studio residencies for 2016 include :

* Jim Parsons [chairmaker];

* Owen McClatchey [cabinet maker / joiner];

* J0nny Briggs [green oak timber framer];

* Raymond Hopkins [bench, table and stool maker];

* Otis Luxton [guitar maker];

* Tobias Ford [knifemaker];

* Stewart Goldie-Morrison [chair and stickmaker];

* Dan Hussey [chairmaker];

* Nienke Jongsma [designer and bag maker].

All the Pop Up Studios will be open from 10am – 6pm at weekends during the Spring Festival. The idea is to offer visitors a glimpse of how these different crafts and heritage skills are useful today – both as professions and pastimes. All the participating makers will have work for sale, either in the Festival Exhibition or Festival Shop.

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