By the power of magic Bonker*s Clutterbucks will be in two places at once this very Sunday. Peter will be at Treacle market, Macclesfield with last remaining rugs and lots of lovely Turkish klilim cushions and Kate will be at Crafted by Hand in Masham Town Hall, Nr Ripon 10 – 4. Both events host a plethora of talented makers so if you’re near either do pop by and say hello. Here’s a selection of some new diorama pieces that will be Yorkshire bound.
We have just returned from a long weekend at Childwickbury Arts Festival near St Albans. The festival is in the grounds of Christiane Kubrick’s amazing estate and attracts talent from right across the UK.
We are very excited to be taking part the following new events this summer. The first is this weekend when we’ll be at Cliffe Castle Craft Fair, Keighley where each contemporary maker has been selected for their links to the museum collections. http//www.bradfordmuseums.org/whats-on/craft-at-the-castle-2018-06-10
We will be exhibiting at Crafted By Hand in the gorgeous market town of Masham curated by-handevents.com. Town Hall Sunday 1st July 2018 10am to 4pm
More information can be found at http://www.by-handevents.com/exhibitors-july-2018.html
We are also taking part in Childswickbury Art Festival set in the grounds of Stanley and Christiane Kubrik’s manor house near St Albans.
More information can be found at http://childwickburyarts.com
We happily had lots of lovely requests for personalised Christmas presents. Here is a selection including our tiniest tin diorama to date.
Remember, remember the 5th of November! In just two weeks we will be at the wonderful Salisbury Hall near Preston, with 40 other makers selling some gorgeous goodies.
We are taking part in the Platform Gallery’s annual winter exhibition Norther Star with a selection of lovely new dioramas and cloches. The show starts in Clitheroe on the 21/10/17 and runs until 06/01/18.
The lovely feature by Sue Riley is now viewable online Lancashire Life Magazine article
We are delighted to have been featured in the June edition of Lancashire Life magazine talking about our work and contribution to Mirador’s “Behind The Wall” exhibition at Lancaster Museum. This is the lovely article by the Sue Riley featuring photos by Darren Andrews in the June issue of Lancashire Life about our recent collaboration with Mirador and six other artists on the Behind The Wall exhibition at Lancaster Museum. The exhibition looked at the last 150 years of a heritage site now used by Standfast, once a wagon works, WW1 billets and WW1 internment camp. It was lovely working with the Mirador team and Standfast & Barracks print works in Lancaster and exhibiting beside Michael Brennan Wood, Darren Andrews, Carolyn Bartlett, Katie Duxbury, Jon Randall and Adam Clarke. Our four legged pals will appreciate that even Coco and Beanie got a mention!
March the 3rd marked the unveiling of a heritage art show that we took part in called Behind the Wall based on the history of the Caton Road building now used by Standfast & Barracks. The project was dreamt up by Mirador and was partly ACE funded. We contributed with five other artists including Michael Brennan Wood, Darren Andrews, Carolyn Bartlett, Katie Duxbury, Jon Randall and Adam Clarke all of whom brought their own interpretation of the site to the exhibition.
The building is now a print and dye works but has had numerous uses over the years including wagon works, temporary army billet in WWI and a POW camp and has an impressive clock tower designed by Edward Paley. We decided to recreate the clock tower as a time machine, the idea being that you dress up in period costume provided and climb inside the clock tower and off you go back in time! We also made 3D Clock Tower model kits which are available in the museum shop.
The locker room houses the costumes and the pigeon holes piece compartmentalises the various times and uses. We had access to Standfast’s beautiful pattern archives which we incorporated.
The show is made up of very individual site responsive pieces including Standfast in Minecraft, period costume made from contemporary printed fabrics, embroidery, photography and film and is interspersed with swathes of fabric printed with the historical timeline.
The exhibition is free, on until May 1st and you can come along to a free Clock Tower model making workshop for families on March 25th 11- 3pm at Lancaster Museum.