Thanks to everyone who came and visited Lady Bay Open Studios, even though it was so cold!
As you can tell from the pictures, I was set up in my friend Jane's kitchen, which was an excellent venue.
I had a great weekend, met some really lovely people and received great feedback on my work.
I did name cards for the children coming round - there's something rather nice about them being so happy just because you've written out their name in "fancy letters".
Interesting (to me, anyway!) was that last weekend at the Historic crafts event, it was the family tree that was most studied. This weekend I took that, but also my shipping forecast piece that I have not exhibited before, and Shipping Forecast was definitely my star piece, to the extent that I do need to think about how to get some high quality prints made - someone even gave me their details in anticipation of the doing exactly that!
Well - I had a lovely day in Southwell Minster yesterday, and met many people who were really interested in the crafts on display. Lots of great conversations - in particular about the family tree on my stand (which happens to be my ownthat I had on display.
I did do some demoing, but I was really cold - having forgotten that even if the sun is shining (and it was) it's going to be cold in a stone floored cavernous minster! Thanks to my kind friend who loaned me a scarf for a while and the splendid cups of tea, I survived.
I'm sorry this image is poor, but it gives you an idea of the look of my stand.
It was an interesting mix of crafts and people to advise on restoration of buildings. I enjoyed watching medieval tiles being made, stone carving, furniture making, beautiful embroidered stoles, calligraphy from another calligrapher, amazing hand bound books, and more.
A whole set of activities (all good) have arrived together - three new workshops to run, and preparation for 4 craft events, as well as a lovely commission for the name cards for a diamond anniversary. The name cards job wasn't great for my nerves, as I knew there were 61 names and 61 cards, which isn't great. As I wrote the last few names I realised there were in fact only 60 cards (and yes, 61 names) so the last card had to be created - this included choosing a good match of card (weight and colour), cutting it, embossing a double depth square in the middle, patterning it, randomly cutting the edges, and then writing it - took as long as the 60 that had gone before!
I'm Janet Smith, a calligrapher who loves to experiment with lettering and calligraphy.