The Handmade Fair, Warwickshire

Home is where the heART is.........

Well what a turnaround I have had over the last few weeks. So much has happened I don’t know where to start.


I have been back a few days now since The Handmade Fair at Ragley Hall. And am feeling overwhelmed by it but unlike my last show, in a very positive way. The people I met were so lovely and complimentary on my work and the way in which it was displayed. Including Kirstie Allsopp herself, who was very lovely and made a clear beeline to come and have a nosy at my stand. The overall event was fantastic and the organisers couldn’t do enough to ensure you were happy. Over 2500 business cards were distributed at the event and people were keen to buy even if it was a little item. Those who didn’t buy were very happy to stand and admire and I was happy to watch that smile and look of awe creep over their faces….priceless!


So I am feeling much more positive about myself and my work and indeed in what I am doing. I feel I am back on my path and have a happy glow inside. Although exhausted from the show I feel ready to ‘strike back’. I feel like I have been refueled and eager to go. Being home and being able to reflect on it all and take it all in is a valuable process. And I have enjoyed being back in the garden seeing everything bloom in full glory and also feel like I am in bloom again too.
Also I’m very excited to confirm my suspicions of a wee Blue Tit family nesting with us is confirmed and indeed, I will be using this as one of my ‘Little Things’ pieces.


On my journey home from the fair I had two enquiries regarding window instillation's as well as a possible restoration project!! Amazing!! And to add fuel to the fire….today out of the blue I have been contacted by a gallery, who had seen my work at the recent ‘Trade Fair’ I attended. So this proves…..never give up hope. Keep trying and pushing and never give up on your dream, even if you take a few wrong turns on the way or a diversion from your route.


A few marketing opportunities have come to light since the show but I’m just waiting to see how that all goes. It’s an area I need to work on, find out where I need to target and who. But like someone else quoted to me ‘Slowly, slowly catch the monkey!’ Plus there is also the fact that I simply cannot do it all at once. And now my focus is commissions and my next show. 


Where…………….? So, I’m off toWeston under Wetherley for their NGS garden show. I am lucky to have shown here a few times now. It’s a fantastic event and I get to exhibit in my mums beautiful garden a setting that works as a beautiful addition to my work.

Today me and my two four legged friends visited Taynish Nature Reserve to install our art piece on the sculpture trail happening there. The event has run for a few years now and is organised by Scottish Natural Heritage andArtmap Argyll. It’s a wonderful location, such a peaceful spot and perfect for an art trail. If you can I suggest you visit!!
My instillation wasn’t plain sailing but I am overall happy with the result. It’s based on therock carvings of the local area cast in glass, capturing a moment in time. I’ve always had a fascination with the textures of the carvings and feel I have relayed it well in glass.

So anyone out their struggling on their own creative journey, I hope this helps to inspire you to never give up your dream and keep your creative soul happy. Because if not, then what are we doing it for?

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