Lytham Arts Festival

Saturday 4 – 11 July 2015

jewelart celtic style pearl earrings
seaside theme

The Lytham Arts Festival brings art into the heart of Lytham and in 2015 over 70 artists will exhibit, perform and entertain from over thirty venues in the town (text from the Lytham Arts Festival website).

  • this years theme is ‘seaside’

I’m looking forward to being part of this years festival and have been partnered with Stringers Homelife, next door to Booths.

jewelart seaside theme jewellery

During the festival 4-11 July, I will have a small window display of selected seaside theme jewellery pieces and on the festival weekends I will be there with a bigger display of my work, demonstrating and doing tasters.

jewelart demos and tasters

DEMOS & TASTERS

wirework demos: 11-1pm

Saturdays 4 and 11 July
watch me making pearl and shell brooches using twisting and wrapping techniques to create gorgeous unique brooch designs

Sunday 5 July
watch me making celtic style pearl and shell earrings using a jig to create wire shapes, as well as other wire manipulation techniques to attach a pearl drop and earring hooks.

beaded tasters: 2-4pm (on the half hour)

Saturday 4, Sunday 5 and Saturday 11 July
come along and have a go creating a pair of your own bespoke shell beaded earrings using tigertail thread and plated ear hooks. Its a really easy, fun activity and your earrings will only take you 15-20 minutes to create. Its a free to take part and suitable for adults and children (from 6 years old with adult supervision).

For more info on Stringers Homelife
website: www.stringers-lytham.co.uk/Homelife
facebook page: www.facebook.com/StringersLytham


 

beaded cord bracelet
beaded cord bracelet workshop

As part of the Festival I’m also doing a jewellery making workshop at Crafty4Art in Lytham

WORKSHOP

jewellery making workshop: 2-4pm
(limited spaces / booking required via Liz at Crafty4Art)

Thursday 9 July
make your own bespoke beaded cord bracelet with shell beads and button fastener.

For more info on Crafty4Art
website: www.crafty4art.co.uk
facebook page: www.facebook.com/crafty4art


 

Lytham makes a great day out, there is a great variety of independent shops, lovely coastal walks and cafes.

For more info on Lytham Arts Festival
website: www.lythamartsfestival.org
facebook page: www.facebook.com/LythamArtsFestival

Lytham Life and Style
website: www.lythamlifeandstyle.co.uk

jewelart shell earrings
jewelart ‘seaside theme’ shell earrings, in the background is a ceramic piece from Gallery at Brockholes

 

Other things to do:
On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July, the Gallery at Brockholes are having their launch weekend. Ideal if you are travelling over to Lytham and want to combine it with a visit there.

Gallery at Brockholes is run by the Art & Craft Guild of Lancashire, made up of a wide range of the finest local artists, designers and makers. A great selection of ceramics, textiles, jewellery, glass, art, photography, furniture and turned wood. There are 4 themed exhibitions each year featuring different guest artists from the area.

For more info on the Gallery at Brockholes
website: www.thegalleryshop.co.uk
facebook page: www.facebook.com/guildgallery
brockholes website: www.brockholes.org/gallery-brockholes

Platform Gallery Craft Open Exhibition 2015

The Platform Gallery Craft Annual Open Exhibition has a selection of textiles, pottery, wood, furniture, metalwork, glass, print-work and jewellery from makers across the North-West.

Platform Gallery
Platform Gallery

A maximum of 3 pieces can be entered by each maker for the exhibition. All of my 3 pieces that I entered, were selected and they are currently on display there; a Venus copper and pale pink fused glass pendant on copper chain, rose coloured medieval 2 bead earrings and copper flower earrings.

The Craft Open exhibition runs until 4th July

Clitheroe is a great place to visit for a day out. Its a pretty market town, with lovely shops, cafes, galleries, a castle and museum.

more info: www.ribblevalley.gov.uk/info/200303/platform_gallery

Poldark in Corsham, Wiltshire

Who knew that a medieval town in Wiltshire was doubling for an 18th century Cornish village in the new Poldark series. I certainly didn’t when I stumbled across Corsham. Recently, travelling through the Cotswolds to Avebury I noticed a sign for a ‘medieval town’ and decided to stop and take a look around… I was very glad that I did.

poldarkinpaperCorsham is quiet and pretty, gorgeous buildings, shops, nice old church, a stately home, ruins and most importantly a great bakery with delicious cakes and bread.

Whilst walking around, I discovered there was a ‘Poldark exhibition’ on at the Town Hall, a small display of photos from the filming of Poldark. Corsham had also featured in the newspaper, the ‘Daily Mail’ that day and there was a copy on display.

Poldark brings back happy memories for me from my childhood, as I enjoyed watching it way back in the 1970’s and its been great that we’ve now got a new Poldark series, with the gorgeous and dashing Aidan Turner playing Ross Poldark. Samantha x

more info
Visit Wiltshire Corsham Tourist Info

jewelart designs April 2015

After hibernating during the Winter, Spring has helped to rekindle my creativity and I’ve enjoyed being lost in time, making new jewellery pieces. I’ve tinkered with some of my designs, experimenting using different colours, beads and buttons.

Am chuffed to bits, with these new pieces, its been so good to get back to making and spending time being creative. But, the downside is that I’ve not had much time left over for my computer work, there are many tasks on my ‘to do’ list for May!

These pieces are currently all for sale at the events I’m doing and similar pieces will be for sale online (from June).

Love to hear what you think of my new designs, please leave me a comment, either here or on facebook. Samantha x

Lytham Hall part2

Lytham Hall – venue for the Spring Art Market 2015

It was super to take part in such a lovely art and craft event – an interesting historical venue, an amazing standard of selected North-West arts and crafts, a well organised and promoted event and great to meet visitors interested in arts and crafts.

We were lucky, it was sunny on the Saturday and the event started off buzzing with visitors, it then eased off, with a steady number of people looking round… which was pretty good, considering the time of year and that Lytham Hall is a bit of the beaten track. It was an enjoyable event to be part of; an opportunity to meet interesting artists and visitors and its always lovely when my jewellery gets compliments and some of it goes off to new homes. Samantha x

Interview with Hopeful and Glorious:

“There are such amazing talented artists and craftspeople in the North-West, and we’ve often been frustrated with events we’ve attended as makers and as visitors.

“All the Hopeful and Glorious fairs are selected. Artists apply, sending images of their work with their application. This helps ensure that there is a good quality and range of work, without a duplication of similar arts and crafts. Its important to us to make it an interesting and enjoyable event for both the artists taking part and the people coming to visit the event.

Lytham Hall
from small seeds…

“We are particularly keen to support artists and designer-makers from the North of England, not just via the fair, but also from the extra promotion on our website, social media and press releases.

“The Spring Art Fair at Lytham Hall is followed by an event in May at the Museum of Lancashire, and there is small program of further events planned at interesting Lancashire venues.”

Visit the Hopeful & Glorious website for more info

Hopefully, more people will come along and help support these events, take the opportunity to meet the makers and artists, help to publicise them and maybe buy some local handmade arts and crafts. Samantha x

Further links:

venue Lytham Hall
photos: artist Andy Walmsley, artist Katie – Sketchbuck, textile artist Diana Morrison, screenprinters and illustrators Bullie.

Lytham Hall part1

historical Lancashire venue for the Hopeful & Glorious Spring 2015 Art Market

I took these photos on my iphone on a cold February day, as I had a flying visit to Lytham Hall after taking some jewellery pieces into the Drift Gallery in nearby St. Anne’s.

Lytham Hall is a hidden treasure, as I’ve been going to Lytham and St Anne’s for many years and never even knew of its existence… I will be there this April with a selection of my jewelart jewellery at the Spring Art Market.

The Spring Art Market is held on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April and is open from 11-4pm in the West Wing area, next to the courtyard and above the cafe. There is free entry and limited car parking, or park nearby in Lytham and walk through the Hall grounds and parkland.
There will be over 25 stalls of glorious handmade arts and crafts. Its a great opportunity to meet and chat to the artists / designer-makers about their work and perhaps buy something a bit different.

Watch a video from the Winter Art Market 2014 at Lytham Hall on the Hopeful & Glorious website

History info from Wikipedia (rewritten) 
Lytham Hall is an 18th Century Georgian Country House in Lytham, Lancashire, situated a mile from the centre of town in 78 acres of wooded parkland.

Its history goes back much further, as it was recorded as ‘Lidun’ in the doomsday book of 1086. Then, in the 12th Century it was given to Benedictine monks of Durham Priory for the foundation of a monastic cell, Lytham Priory.
Following the dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s it passed through various hands, before being acquired by local landowner and staunch catholic Cuthbert Clifton in 1606 who built a house on the land. His descendant, Thomas Clifton replaced the house with the current Hall, which was built 1757-1764 to the design of John Carr of York in the Palladian style. For the next 200 years, the Clifton estate at its largest comprised 8,000 acres.

During the stewardship of Colonel John Talbot Clifton the railway was built along the estate’s southern boundary and housing built on part of the land, the Clifton estates building many of the fine houses along Clifton Drive in Lytham.

His colourful grandson John Talbot Clifton took over in 1882 at the age of 14. During the First World War Lytham Hall was used as a military hospital and afterwards the Clifton family moved to Ireland – and then onto Scotland, he was a passionate traveller and died on an expedition to Timbuktoo in 1928.  His wife Violet Beauclerk was the last person to live in the house.

Their son, Henry De Vere Clifton managed to squander the rest of the Clifton fortune and Lytham Hall and the remaining estate was sold off in the 1960s and the Hall was used for a while as office accommodation.

Lytham Hall is a grade 1 listed building, on the Heritage at Risk register and was purchased by Lytham Town Trust in 1997 with a donation from BAE systems and is currently leased to the Heritage Trust for the North West.

More info on Lytham Hall

Let me know if any of the Lytham Hall info is incorrect and I’ll amend it. Samantha x

creative wirework class

There was a great creative vibe at my embellished hair accessories and beaded flower wirework class at the weekend.
After teaching basic bead embellished designs, we progressed onto using buttons, flower beads, diamonte and then beaded flower designs in the afternoon. Everyone made something different – lovely and unique – experimenting more  with their beads and buttons as their skills progressed during the day.

A super creative wirework class!
April-October 2015 group and bespoke classes at my Lancashire studio, and a new classes website from summer 2015… more classes info

Saint Robert’s Cave

an ancient holy place

A few years ago on an afternoon visit to Knaresborough, I discovered this small ancient cave and chapel remains. Hidden amongst the trees on a dark rainy day and visiting it on my own, it felt quite eerie and foreboding. My next visit there was in summertime with a friend, but it still had the same cold and dark feeling and we were glad to step back into the light. On this visit, 2 weeks ago, it felt different, the dark seemed to have lifted and it felt peaceful. I ventured into the cave on my own and spent a few minutes meditating in the darkness and my fingers were tingling with the quiet energy coming from the cave.

From the info board at the cave:
The cave is cut into the limestone cliff and originally it served as the chapel, inside the cave is a small shelf cut out of the stone, which may have served as an alter.  Robert is said to have enlarged the cave himself, whilst his brother William had the small chapel built on the platform outside the cave. There are some remains of the small chapel, wall foundations, altar base and nave in which Robert was buried, his body was moved to the local priory sometime after 1250. At the far end of the site is the living area, outside the entrance to the cave, where a bench is cut into the rock.

chapel ruins
chapel ruins

More info:
Saint Robert’s Cave is a rare survival of a medieval hermit’s home. This site once attracted thousands of pilgrims to this North Yorkshire town. Robert of Knaresborough lived on this site in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Toward the end of his life, pilgrims came to be healed of physical ailments, for spiritual guidance, or simply to be in close proximity to the home of a revered holy man and they continued to come to the cave in large numbers for centuries after his death in 1218. The site retains a remarkable atmosphere of distant times.

Knaresborough in Yorkshire  is one of my favourite places to visit, its a picturesque medieval market town, with its ancient castle ruins, panoramic view of the Nidd Gorge, narrow streets, alleyways, nooks and crannies to discover and also lots of great places to eat.

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