Galleries

Brantwood Winter Fair 2016

What a gorgeous location it has on the bank of Lake Coniston in Cumbria.  Brantwood, the former home of artist/writer john Ruskin is a real treat of an event and I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to be part of its Annual Winter Craft Fair for a number of years.

Its a stunning location set on the side of Lake Coniston and a lovely venue with super arts and crafts, but its a pretty long journey from Lancashire, heading off really early in the morning before the event starts and coming back home at the end of the weekend along small country lanes in the dark, so just in case it’s my last time for a while, I brought my camera along to capture some of its beauty.

A few photos of its stunning setting on the Lake and its ever-changing gorgeous Lakeland views as well as a photo of one of the wirework button brooches I created during the event whilst sitting at my stall.

Luckily, my artist friend, Sally Anne has moved up to the Lakes and invited me to stay,  it was a big help and great to be able to have a good catch up, plus interesting chats with her mum about fairies, fairytale books, and the artists.

Thanks for joining me on my creative journey,
Sam Rowena, jewellery artist x

jewellery making classes Autumn 2016

Some of the fab jewellery created by my students on my last jewellery making classes of 2016. There’s always such a great creative vibe at the classes with everyone choosing their own beads and later on in the class, choosing designs to work on.

Everyone in the classes makes something different, unique and personalised.

See more photos on the bebeady website 

Everyone managed so well creating some super jewellery.

Thanks for joining me on my creative journey,
Sam Rowena, jewellery artist x

Cornwall, a journey of discovery

A selection of some of my photos from my recent travels around Cornwall in September.
An amazing journey discovering Cornwall that took me to some of its beautiful and atmospheric ancient and sacred sites; its stone circles, standing stones, wells, barrows and ancient settlements, as well as a bit of walking on the South-West coast path.

My visit to these special sacred places has helped me recharge my batteries and allowed me some thinking time, as well as experiencing some places of wonder and meeting some interesting people (I also managed to spend a few days in Glastonbury on the way down / back and revisit the White Spring and Glastonbury Tor). I’ll tell you more about some of these places in blog posts over the Winter months.

Thanks for joining me on my creative journey, 
Sam Rowena, jewellery artist x

northern star exhibition photos

The Northern Star exhibition runs until 9 January 2016 at the Platform Gallery, Clitheroe, Lancashire.

I took these photos during the 3 days I spent there with my jewelart pop-up ‘wired designs’ exhibition in the education gallery space at the far end of the gallery.

The visitors to the gallery that I chatted to, were very impressed and loved the exhibition. A great showcase of handmade craft!

See more info on the exhibition in my last post,
Sam Rowena x

For more info visit the Platform Gallery website

travels in Wessex

Autumn 2015

My recent holiday – travelling and sightseeing in Wessex – was blessed with glorious weather. The majority of my time was spent visiting ancient sacred landscapes; stone circles, springs, cathedrals, and watching inspiring sunsets.

Along the way, I met some quirky characters and amazing people and had a number of interesting conversations with; a stonemason that was working on Salisbury Cathedral and a Dutch healer at Salisbury Youth Hostel, a forge artist from Norfolk, sound healers at Glastonbury Tor and an abstract artist at Cheddar, amongst others… It was wonderful. Loved it!

Some glorious glimpses of Wessex Autumn 2015,
Sam Rowena x

jewelart photography

Sharing with you a bit of what goes into my jewellery photography…

Recently, I added to my unusual finds collection, whilst having a stall at a makers market which had been combined with a vintage collectables fair.

As soon as I saw the vintage cherub, I thought it would be really useful. I could use it as it was intended – as a plant pot holder – and also as a prop for my jewellery photography. It’s a lovely handmade cherub.

As a display for my jewellery, I like its variation of silver and pewter tones, but a downside of its shiny surface is that it causes reflections that I don’t particularly want in the photos. My windowsill has the best light for photography, I often experiment with different backgrounds, moving the props around and photographing from a variety of angles to see which gives the best results.

A photograph of one of my new smaller sized glass pendants that are on a vintage style filigree bail on a snake chain necklace.

Some of the photos turned out either too dark or light. Photographing glass isn’t easy, because of its shiny surface you get many reflections and variations in colour.

Am sure my jewellery photography skills will improve in time,
Sam Rowena x

studio photography

Last week I had the opportunity to have a go at doing some studio photography with a small group of photographers from the Chorley photographic society, loved it… 

It was great to work with models English Rose and Sally Anne, they both had a different look and lots of patience, whilst we experimented using different props, such as; vintage hats, a shawl, a cardigan and jewellery.

John at the studio in Horwich helped me with my camera settings and gave me a mini-lesson on lighting.

Considering it was my first go at taking photos of my jewellery being modelled in a studio, I’m really pleased with some my photos. It was actually quite difficult to get a good photograph of both jewellery and model. In some photographs, my jewellery isn’t in focus or there is light reflecting in the glass jewellery, but the model looked great. In other photos, I haven’t quite captured the model, but the jewellery looked good… anyway its a start!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my first studio session photographs, Sam Rowena x

42 Graphs fine art studio in Horwich

Astley Hall and park

Atmospheric lovely Lancashire location, a place that holds many memories for me… 

I used to live next to the park and for 5 years had a lovely walk through (or around) Astley park to get to school.  Being my local park, I would spend many hours hanging out there, climbing trees and jumping streams, walking and daydreaming. It was really a great way to experience the changing seasons in the park and woods. The atmospheric misty mornings, frosty scenes of a winter wonderland, scattered snowdrops and spring daffodils, followed by balmy summer evenings. 

Astley Hall Astley Hall and parkland is known as the jewel in Chorley’s crown.
It lies between Chorley and its neighbouring villages of Euxton and Astley Village.

Astley Hall is of Jacobean origin and has 105 acres of parkland, its beautifully situated next to an ornamental lake and there are woodland walks, picnic areas, bowling greens, tennis courts, animal enclosures, and children’s play areas. A few years ago its walled garden and Georgian stable block were refurbished and it has a cafe (Cafe Ambio), classrooms and exhibition area.

The Hall and parkland were home to several important local families until it was given by Reginald Arthur Tatton to Chorley Corporation in 1922 to be used as a war memorial and museum for the benefit of local people.

Astley Hall and the park is a lovely place to visit. It’s free to enter (optional donation) and there is also free parking a few minutes walk away in Astley village. During the winter months, the Hall is sometimes closed or just open at weekends, its best to check the current opening times before visiting.

For more info on Astley Hall visit the: Chorley council website

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my photographs and discovering this lovely Lancashire place that inspires me, Sam Rowena x