155…In the middle of the festival

by frances doherty on May 17, 2016

After a busy autumn and winter of designing and making prototypes, I came up  with a whole new collection based on cacti. The inspiration for these was serendipitous and based on some images that Instagram followers sent me, but apparently Cacti are just the thing at the moment, so maybe I’ve hit the zietgiest? It was nice to see all the new work laid out ready for transportation back to Brighton,

ready to go

ready to go

and happily it all arrived back in one piece.  Helping me with all this over the last 7 months was my Spanish apprentice Bea. She is now off to pastures new in Denmark,

by by Bea

bye bye Bea

bye Bea, and thanks for all the coiling, wedging and sieving.

Back in Brighton and I had a week to set up at my house in 5Ways, and at Shyama Ruffels house at 7 Dials. This is a week of finding places to hide all the usual stuff that sits on shelves as they have to be emptied for display. All my pictures have to be stored away and general accumulation dumped. The whole house has to be thoroughly spring cleaned too. I actually quite like doing this and each year I vow to live for the rest of the year in the clean and uncluttered space…..I never quite manage it.

The house finally comes together and all the work is displayed. Lighting is hung off many surfaces and we’re ready to open to visitors.

secret garden

secret garden

Chris Murphy's work

Chris Murphy’s work

Rowena Gilbert's work

Rowena Gilbert’s work

Jane Denman's beautiful blue lady

Jane Denman’s beautiful blue lady

This is a small selection of the work that we have in the house. There are two more weekends to go, so do come and see us when you get the chance. We’re open from 11am to 5 ish every Saturday and Sunday.

It’s very easy to get caught up in preparing for the Open Houses and forgetting that there is a festival going on out there. Luckily this year a friend has an Open House just around the corner from us at 1 Florence road, and at 4pm every Saturday and Sunday, and 8pm on Wednesday nights he puts on a performance in the installation that is his garden.

The beach

The beach

When Brian does his performance (T.S. Elliot poems and Shakespeare sonnets) he dons a costume,

Brian in costume

Brian in costume

which really adds to the atmosphere. Certainly everyone was spellbound on the night we went.

listening carefully

listening carefully

The baby gets passed around too,

forlorn baby

forlorn baby

and everyone gets to hold it……it’s quite heavy!

At the beginning of the festival there is a childrens parade organised by Same Sky. This year one of the marionettes they made was a tribute to David Bowie,

Ziggy up there looking down on us

Ziggy up there looking down on us

Brilliant!

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