By the time this blog reaches you I will be on the beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia. By a stroke of amazing good fortune my partner Dave has had to go across the world for work, so we decided that it was the perfect opportunity to have our first proper holiday. The furthest I have ever travelled is Cyprus so I am looking forward to my first long-haul flight almost as much as the holiday itself! I shall be away for two weeks which means that as I write this (on the 13th of March) I am busily trying to get last minute holiday things sorted while also ensuring that I have everything ready for York Open Studios, which takes place only 4 days after I get home (4th/5th/6th and 12th/13th April)
|The Octagon Tower, Studley Royal|
In case you aren't familiar with the event York Open Studios runs over two consecutive weekends at the start of April, and gives visitors to the city the exclusive chance to see inside the workplaces of over 100 artists and makers in and around York. There is a complete guide to every artist taking part, and a map for you to plan your route with on the YOS website, and if you're in the area you'll probably have seen brochures and posters in shops and cafes everywhere. Every artist taking part will be selling their work as well as displaying it, so you may come away with a new piece of art when you visit.
|The Gatehouse, Burton Agnes|
I will be exhibiting a large collection of original papercuttings, along with cards and postcards, from my studio just outside the centre. There is ample parking nearby, and a number of other exhibitors a short walk from me, so I do hope you consider including me on your route. I shall be on hand every day to chat to visitors, demonstrate my working process and offer cups of tea and cake to everyone who comes to see me! I would also recommend popping in to see Pamela Knight who lives nearby me, along with the fascinating studios of Mark Hearld and Emily Sutton across town.
|The Sledmere Monuments|
Have a great few weeks, and I hope to see you in April!