Archive for September, 2008

30th August – Chatsworth Country Fair

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Trip with my husband to the Chatsworth Country Fair with free tickets courtesy of a family friend.

On the way there I doodled some Characters for my website portfolio icon page,
I‘m pleased to introduce you to the Odd Bods!
odd bods

We managed to spend the whole day wandering around the stalls without getting wet.  Too much time in the craft tents, of course, and we nibbled our way round the food tent.

And at the end of the day, a spectacular display of hot air balloons.  We were lucky enough to get close to one.  And then heart stopping moment, one was stuck for an instant in a tree!

A wonderful day out.

25th August – Beaushow, Long Eaton Art Room

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

If you didn’t manage to make it to the Beaushow this time then you missed a variety of local artists offering those individual and distinctive gifts and cards.  Including me of course.  I sold a good number of cards and received some very positive feedback on my work.

The Long Eaton Art Room is a very friendly place which I know well.  I help out with art classes there and it’s a great asset to the local community.  I was able to gather some ideas and imagery particularly for my website.

16th August – Calke Abbey

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Visited with my family to celebrate my nephew’s 18th birthday.  For me the highlight of the house was the State Bed.  It’s 18th century with Chinese silk hangings.  Never slept in and kept in a box from 1734 till 1984!

The hangings are spectacular and what do you know?  My favourite butterflies again, this time with rolled peacock feathers to mark out the butterfly wings. Along with flowers, birds and oriental figures they decorate this outstanding exhibit.  Maybe if they’d used it we wouldn’t now have the chance to enjoy it.

23 August – The QUAD, Derby opening

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Because I’d been involved in creating The17 project Slice through Derby, I received VIP tickets to look around the building.  It’s a new community arts centre and I believe it’s going to add a new dimension to what’s available in Derby.

The Quad

17 Quad

For The 17, they took 100 groups of 17 people to the building and had them record a single note each.  Then renowned musician Bill Drummond created a piece of choral music which was played at the special private viewing on 23 August.

The building opens officially on 26th September with a weekend of events.

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