Monday, 11 August 2014

Art in Action 2014

Back in July I made my annual trip (this time with Solihull Embroiderers' Guild) to Art in Action at the beautiful location of Waterperry House & Gardens, near Oxford, an event held every summer over four days where 400 artists and craftsmen display and demonstrate their skills and discuss their work.  It's a fabulous way of getting up close and personal to painters, sculptors, textile artists, illustrators, printmakers, ceramicists, woodworkers, glass blowers, jewellery makers and even beekeepers.  Artists sell their work and hold practical classes and workshops so you get a chance to have a go yourself.  There is also the opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea on the lawn listening to live music concerts and watching dance and theatre performances along with the obligatory jug of Pimms of course.  Art in Action to my mind is the Glasto of art - a veritable cornucopia of all things arty in a fabulous festival atmosphere with overnight camping available too.  Indeed wellies are recommended, in true Glasto style, if the weather turns a bit inclement as one year I remember getting well and truly bogged down while dodging the showers and dashing between the marquees.  Anyway enough chit chat - here are my best bits for this year .....
I always make a bee line for the Printmaking tent as I love making my own prints and have dabbled with lino-cutting, monoprinting and etching. Some fabulous printmakers in there this year...

Helen Murgatroyd

What I really need is one of these of course - a Printing Press.  Don't think there is room in my girl shed though and they cost a few bob too. 

 The Textiles Tent - my favourite tent of course.....

Sara Fordy - Indigo Moose

Carol Naylor

Batik - I would love to have a go at this.

Some lovely embroidery here from Ellie Evans who combines hand embroidery with digital print. Here she has embroidered a postcard and her school report.

Amanda Wright embroiders using machine knitting wool to create beautiful wall  hangings. Her husband Dan Wright is a ceramicist who was in the Ceramics tent (oddly enough!) . Together they run Goat Street Gallery in St David's, Pembrokeshire.

Lindsay Taylor here using freehand machine embroidery on Solufleece, a dissolvable fabric which washes away to just leave the stitching. She used this technique combined with felting to create this amazing lampshade with matching armchair.

Onto the ceramics tent next then and here is Amanda Wright's husband Dan Wright from Goat Street Gallery


Lots going on in the Painting tent...... spot the Werther's Originals here.

This artist was making her own gesso with a traditional method using Rabbit Skin glue.

Loved this artist who paints from photographs

Out and about in the gardens.....

Simon Griffiths Sculpture

 My friends Rita and Joan had a go at life drawing in the The Big Draw tent. 

Note the look of intense concentration.

For me there is always one stand out artist that catches my attention and this year it was Harriet Riddell , a young girl who has travelled the world with her sewing machine, setting up in public to draw in stitch. On her recent trip to India she sat in front of the Taj Mahal and stitched it, trekked up the Himalayas with her machine and stitched at the top and rode on the back of moving trucks stitching people as she has gone by.  At Art in Action she was stitching portraits of people in 15 minutes. Here she was stitching the portrait of twins who live on opposite sides of the Atlantic. It was going to be a present for one of the twins to take back with her to Cananda.  

This was just some of her amazing work.....

Harriet has set up her own business called InStitchYou, travelling to weddings, parties and events to capture all the events of the day in stitch.   A truly inspiring young girl.

It was a lovely hot summer's day. 

But, oh dear,  for some I think the heat and all that art was just a bit too much....

Well that's it for another year.  I can't recommend this event highly enough.  Art in Action is back next year from 16th - 19th July 2015.

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