I am pleased to announce - as part of Chiddingly Artists Open Houses- my "Open Studio" on the weekends of 29th & 30th of September and the 6th & 7th of October.
It has now been a full year since I first offered up my wood engravings for the first time, although 14 years had elapsed since I first took up the engraving tools, it had been a very rarely visited hobby with the results reserved for close family and friends. It was with some trepidation I opened my doors last year, guessing that I could at least rely on my immediate family to turn up and support me but beyond that I really didn't know! I was, however over whelmed by the interest shown by the incredible numbers of lovely people that made the effort to come to see my work. And that kicked started a most remarkable year, the interest in my engravings continued with several exhibitions coming in the months that followed Chiddingly Festival. Most notably was the weekend I spent with Cate and Nash at Much Ado Books in Alfriston, and the Affordable Art Fair at The Hive Lewes. Successful sales were joined with critical acclaim as well, with a selection of prints making it through the selection process to become part of the Society of Wood Engravers 74th Annual Exhibition - which has toured the country, with it's high light being an appearance at The Bankside Gallery on the banks of the River Thames, next door to Tate Modern- and the East Sussex Open at the incredible Towner Gallery, Eastbourne. And a print is also soon to be seen at the Hop Gallery - Lewes' South East Open Exhibition. And with a small solo exhibition in November at the Towner and a larger solo exhibition at the Trinity Arts Centre in Tunbridge Wells in December the exciting momentum seems set to continue.
And not just with my engravings has it been an exciting year- my bonfire sculptures have really caught peoples imagination too, the Sculpture that I built for East Hoathly's Carnival was followed by another in May/ June this year, built to take part in the nationwide chain of beacons lit as part of the weekend long celebrations of the Queens Jubilee. The Beacon really caught peoples imagination and was seen both on the BBC television and nationwide press.
My workshop will again be opened up into a really exciting exhibition space. And I will be exhibiting my wood engravings and prints as well as demonstrating the art of engraving and the printing process. With a broad range of engravings on display from my very earliest engravings to the most up to date ones, there will also be a range of newly hand printed greetings cards taken from original wood engravings available.
For more details, or to arrange an out of hours private viewing please contact me via the contact details here on my site. You'll find me and my studio at: Village Works, East Hoathly, Nr. Lewes, East Sussex. BN8 6QA.
Here is what the BBC made of my Open Studio: Wooden Wonders