Tuesday, 8 December 2009

IT’S BATHTIME FOR DESIGNER JANE’S COLONY OF MOTHS!

Textile designer Jane Deane has a ready supply of silk to create her work – she raises her own colony of moths in the bath at her Devon home!

Jane from Tavistock uses the tub to house a number of different varieties of moth including the Bombyx Mori, which is recognised as producing the best quality silk - but she also has a variety of wild silkmoths that she uses in her creative work.

All the moths are allowed to complete their short life cycle and it is the discarded cocoons, from where the silkworm caterpillars emerge as moths that Jane uses to make a variety of textile products.

Jane’s passion for silk moths began when she had the opportunity to attend a 10 day course with the leading artist weaver Sue Hiley-Harris.
“Moths are quite extraordinary creatures and I became fascinated with the way they begin life in an egg the size of a pinhead, emerge as a caterpillar and then spin a cocoon in which to metamorphasise into a moth, “ said Jane, a resident artist at Duchy Square Centre for Creativity in Princetown.

“It is such a short life as they immediately mate and lay eggs for the next generation before dying. It is a quite magical process though and even after all these years of keeping silkworms I still find witnessing their life cycle as awe inspiring as when I first saw it.”

By spinning the silk instead of reeling it, Jane can ensure her moths are able to live out their natural lifespan. Reeling the silk would involve using the cocoon before the moth had emerged as it requires the single thread from the cocoon to be unwound intact.

To spin the silk, Jane removes the protective gum the caterpillar excretes to harden it by boiling it in soap flakes with a little washing soda. She then stretches the softened cocoon over a plastic pudding basin and allows it to dry before dyeing it and then spinning a thread.

Alongside her own products, which she creates using natural and synthetic dyes, Janes offers talks on the silk moth processes and workshops in spinning, weaving and dyeing. All these are her main disciplines, she also does paper-making, batik, embroidery, knitting and braiding.

She was recently invited to join the Society of Dyers and Colourists and is also a member of Frayed Edges Weaving Group, formed in 2004 for the graduates of Bradford College of Art and Design, which exhibits nationally.

Opened in March and supported by a number of organisations, including The Duchy of Cornwall and Devon County Council, the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity offers low cost workshop space on two floors and is helping boost the local economy by connecting local businesses with other key industry sectors.

The artists and creative practitioners take part in workshops organised by the centre, but also stage their own sessions with smaller groups in their own studios. Anyone wishing to find out more about all the workshops on offer should telephone the centre on (01822) 890828 or visit the website www.duchysquare.org where contact details for all the artists can be found.

Monday, 23 November 2009

MOOR GIFTS TO CHOOSE FROM AT LATE NIGHT FESTIVE SHOP

The Duchy Square Centre for Creativity is getting in the festive spirit with a late night Christmas shopping event where scores of creative gift ideas will be available for purchase (Thursday 26 November 10.30am -8.30pm).

More than 100 people turned up to the recent launch of the Moor Presents exhibition, and Thursday night marks a wonderful opportunity for visitors to the Princetown centre to buy unique gifts with an artistic and creative flavour.

All the gifts are one-offs and have been created by the resident artists and creative practitioners at Duchy Square, as well as other talented makers living and working in the Dartmoor area.

A whole range of present ideas will be on display, including, furniture, jewellery, paintings, weavings, textiles and quilts, with many at affordable prices.

Philippa Smith, Gallery Manager at Duchy Square, said: “Visitors will be able to shop at the centre right up until Wednesday 23rd December, but this Thursday marks the only date dedicated to late night shopping, so we are expecting a busy night.

“It is a great opportunity for visitors to find everything from small stocking fillers to larger items created by some of the most talented artists working in the Dartmoor area.”

Late night shopping will be followed by a fundraising coffee morning Saturday 28 November (10am -1pm) in aid of the Help for Heroes charity then on Thursday 3 December (5pm -7pm) by a festive filled Christmas singsong by pupils from Princetown Primary School around the Xmas tree at the centre.

The event is an opportunity to thank villagers and local traders for the support they have given Duchy Square over the year and there will be plenty of minced pies and mulled wine on offer.

There is also the chance to book places on a variety of workshop sessions to be held by resident artists and other creative practitioners based on Dartmoor. Sessions include a rag rug course, textiles, weaving and dyeing, silver clay jewellery making. Bauble making and a Christmas wreath making sessions will also be available to give the workshops programme a proper festive feel.

For full details of the Christmas events calendar and to book places on the workshops, contact Duchy Square on (01822) 890828 or visit the website www.duchysquare.org where contact details for all the artists can also be found.

Opened in March and supported by a number of organisations, including The Duchy of Cornwall and Devon County Council, the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity offers low cost workshop space on two floors and is helping boost the local economy by connecting local businesses with other key industry sectors.

The artists and creative practitioners take part in workshops organised by the centre, but also stage their own sessions with smaller groups in their own studios.

WEBSITES:
www.duchysquare.org
www.integria.net

Friday, 6 November 2009

‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE ARTY WITH MOOR GIFTS TO CHOOSE FROM

Christmas is coming early to the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity where visitors can enjoy a whole variety of events in the run-up to the festive season, beginning on Saturday 14 November.

The central theme of this year’s festive calendar will be the Moor Presents exhibition, where visitors to the Princetown centre will get the opportunity to buy unique gifts with an artistic and creative flavour.

It is a rare opportunity to purchase one off gifts created by the resident artists and creative practitioners at Duchy Square, as well as other talented makers living and working in the Dartmoor area.

There is something for everyone with a whole range of gifts on display, including, furniture and floristry, jewellery, paintings, weavings, textiles and quilts, with many at affordable prices.

Philippa Smith, Gallery Manager at Duchy Square, said: “The emphasis is on quality presents available at a range of prices, which means there will be something for the casual buyer, the serious collector and anyone with an interest in contemporary art.

“Visitors will be able to find everything from small stocking fillers to larger items created by some of the most talented artists working in the Dartmoor area.”

Alongside the Moor Presents, the upstairs gallery at Duchy Square will be hosting an exhibition to showcase the talents of members of the Tavistock Embroiderers Guild, which will be on display from 11th to 21st November.

There is also the chance to book places on a variety of workshop sessions to be held by resident artists and other creative practitioners based on Dartmoor. Sessions include a rag rug course, textiles, weaving and dyeing, silver clay jewellery making. Bauble making and a Christmas wreath making sessions will also be available to give the workshops programme a proper festive feel.

There is a late night shopping evening on 26 November and December 3rd will mark a high point in the festive events as Duchy Square hosts a carols and mince pies evening to thank the local community for its support. There will be a festive singsong around the Christmas tree and children from Princetown Primary School will also be performing.

Visitors will be able to Christmas shop at the centre right up to Wednesday 23rd December.

For full details of the Christmas events calendar and to book places on the workshops, contact Duchy Square on (01822) 890828 or visit the website http://www.duchysquare.org/ where contact details for all the artists can also be found.

Opened in March and supported by a number of organisations, including The Duchy of Cornwall and Devon County Council, the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity offers low cost workshop space on two floors and is helping boost the local economy by connecting local businesses with other key industry sectors.

The artists and creative practitioners take part in workshops organised by the centre, but also stage their own sessions with smaller groups in their own studios.

WEBSITES:
http://www.duchysquare.org/
http://www.integria.net/

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Landscape Painting Tips For Watercolor Artists Part 1

Landscape painting is just one of the many workshop and course subjects available at Duchy Square Centre for Creativity.

One of the biggest challenges beginners face with any type of art, is the ability to really connect with the creativity that is inside of them.

It's difficult in the beginning to just let go and paint from your heart and soul. Your mind is being filled with techniques and systems for approaching painting, which in my opinion, tends to drown out your inner creativity.

Learning techniques is essential, but there should be a point where you begin to draw from your own creative imagination.

When painting a subject, whether it is a person or a landscape, it is important to first observe your subject. You have to get close and personal to what you are painting.

If you want to learn how to paint great landscapes, then you should spend time near the area that inspires you to paint in the first place. Only then can you really understand how to transfer what it is you see to canvas.

Take a ride out to the area you wish to paint. Bring along some pencils and paper. The best way to become really intimate with the scene is to just spend time there doing some sketches. This will really force you to observe what you see and burn the image and the environment into your
senses.

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Enjoy Arts And Crafts

If you are looking for a way to enjoy a little relaxation or perhaps to spend a couple of hours with friends, think about making arts and crafts a part of your life, here at Duchy Square Centre for Creativity, in the heart of beautiful Dartmoor.

It is true that arts and crafts is a broad, non-specific thing. But that is the beauty of it. Basically, taking time to explore new arts and crafts means you get to be creative and have fun in any way you want to.

One of the best ways to learn new arts and crafts is to sign up for a class. There are many arts and crafts courses and workshops covering a whole variety of topics on offer at Duchy Square.

Are you interested in learning how to paint, knit or weave? Or maybe you would rather learn to make your own jewellery. Regardless of what kind of arts and crafts you want to explore there should be a class that fits the bill. If you have no idea what you want to do, perhaps it would be good for you to start exploring the world of arts and crafts by looking first at the classes that are offered and then simply choosing one.

Spending time doing arts and crafts of any kind is a great way to relax. We all know how busy work and home become. It is so easy to get swept into the routine of all that needs to get done that we forget to take time out for ourselves to enjoy something new and fun. Arts and crafts are a great way to sneak away for a while, and make something you will want to treasure at the same time.

Doing arts and crafts together with friends and family is a great way to spend quality time while doing something everyone enjoys.

Is there an important holiday or a special event coming up that you need to remember with a gift? If so, use arts and crafts to make the perfect present. Think about the person you are making the gift for and then use your free time to relax and enjoy arts and crafts. There is never a better gift than one that was made with love.

Click here to find out what classes and workshops are coming up at Duchy Square Centre for Creativity.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Art Instruction - Portrait Painting

Tips & Techniques from Duchy Square Centre for Creativity.

Being able to capture the likeness of a human being on canvas, using paint, is certainly a sought after accomplishment for many new painters. It can also be somewhat challenging. This article will cover some of the more basic portrait painting tips & techniques and help lessen some of the confusion many beginners face. With practice, you will soon be painting portraits like the masters.

If at all possible, I highly recommend you paint your portraits using a live model as opposed to a photograph. There is simply no substitution for painting from life.

Painting a successful portrait is all about how you observe the subject. You want to study the subject as a whole. Study the bone structure and try to see shapes and planes. Do not try and paint every little detail exactly as you see it.

For beginners, it is probably best to start out with a lighting effect where light and shadow are in high contrast. This will make for a much easier painting.

Focus on one section at a time. Finish each section before moving on to the next.

Keep the darks of your portrait at a thin consistency while your lights should be painted on thickly.

Many beginners struggle with mixing flesh tones, I know I did when I first started painting. Remember that skin comes in a variety of colors & textures, so there is no specific formula for mixing flesh tones in portrait painting. You will have to experiment and practice, until you find the right color mixtures for any particular subject. Never purchase any pre-mixed flesh colours. When mixing your colours be careful not to over mix, which can deaden a colour.

Try and repeat the colours and values in your painting to create balance.

When painting hair, don't try and paint every individual strand of hair. Look at the hair as one object and then paint the lights and darks. Paint the hair in the direction of the shape of the head.

The muzzle area of the face (the space between the nose and mouth) is generally the same colour as the flesh but cooler.

When painting backgrounds, don't make them too detailed or busy. If you do, you will draw focus away from your portrait.

Add bits of colour where the shadow meets the light in your portraits.

Fleshier parts of the face are generally warm and bonier parts of the face, like the chin for instance, are generally cool in colour.

The white in the eye is not white. To get an accurate colour for the white in the eye you can take the subjects basic flesh colour and then lighten it with a gray made from black and white.

I hope these portrait painting tips & techniques have helped. Portrait painting can be difficult, possibly even frustrating in the beginning. Never give up and keep practicing. You will get the hang of it.

For details of courses and workshops available at Duchy Square, please visit our website.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

A Brief History of Quilting

The art of quilting is just one of the many arts and crafts on offer at Duchy Square Centre for Creativity.

Quilting is not something new to this world, it has been around for centuries, but still there is no confirmation about the exact origin.

According to the historians, quilting, piecing and applique were widely used for clothing, decorating and furnishing at home in ancient times.

There is a common belief that quilting originated in China and Egypt at the same time. The oldest quilted garment found till now dates back to somewhere around 3400 BC.

Back in the 11th century, the crusaders picked up a type of quilting from the Middle East and brought it back to Europe. During that time, quilted piece of cloth was used by the Knights to give them extra cushion under their armour.

The Romans were the pioneers in introducing quilted bedding, which was used as a mattress. Europeans got hold with this idea and stuffed sacking between two-combined mattress. It was in the 15th century when the Europeans found quilting as a necessity when they were troubled by cold winds in the winter season.

The very first quilts were made of few layers of cloth that was attached together with running stitches. Quilt Frames came into existence as it was difficult to stitch many layers of cloth together. Europeans, blessed with these frames started to create quilts that were more decorative, more finely stitched.

The 19th century marked a great period of quilting in Europe and America. People in villages would come together and make one or more quilts in an afternoon.

For more information on quilts and quilt making, visit - Duchy Square

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Sonny Jim Saves the Night!

Sorry I have not been in touch recently. I have been away and came back to problems.

We had a bit of a fright last night. Sodoff and Buggeroff - the Geese, where late going to their house, which is the island on the pond, and Mr Foxy who was looking for his tea nearly had "catch one get one free"!





But Sonny Jim the Shetland pony was very brave, and galloped to the rescue and saved the night.

Must go as stile work to do. A pigs tidying is never done!


Dave.

Interested in Arts And Crafts on Dartmoor? Click here to visit our website.

Friday, 16 October 2009

IT’S BATHTIME FOR DESIGNER JANE’S COLONY OF MOTHS!

Textile designer Jane Deane has a ready supply of silk to create her work – she raises her own colony of moths in the bath at her Devon home!

Jane from Tavistock uses the tub to house a number of different varieties of moth including the Bombyx Mori, which is recognised as producing the best quality silk - but she also has a variety of wild silkmoths that she uses in her creative work.

All the moths are allowed to complete their short life cycle and it is the discarded cocoons, from where the silkworm caterpillars emerge as moths, that Jane uses to make a variety of textile products.

Jane’s passion for silk moths began when she had the opportunity to attend a 10 day course with leading artist weaver Sue Hiley-Harris.

“Moths are quite extraordinary creatures and I became fascinated with the way they begin life in an egg the size of a pinhead, emerge as a caterpillar and then spin a cocoon in which to metamorphasise into a moth, “ said Jane, a resident artist at Duchy Square Centre for Creativity in Princetown.

“It is such a short life as they immediately mate and lay eggs for the next generation before dying. It is a quite magical process though and even after all these years of keeping silkworms I still find witnessing their life cycle as awe inspiring as when I first saw it.”

By spinning the silk instead of reeling it, Jane can ensure her moths are able to live out their natural lifespan. Reeling the silk would involve using the cocoon before the moth had emerged as it requires the single thread from the cocoon to be unwound intact.

To spin the silk, Jane removes the protective gum the caterpillar excretes to harden it by boiling it in soap flakes with a little washing soda. She then stretches the softened cocoon over a plastic pudding basin and allows it to dry before dyeing it and then spinning a thread.

Alongside her own products, which she creates using natural and synthetic dyes, Janes offers talks on the silk moth processes and workshops in spinning, weaving and dyeing. Although these are her main disciplines, she also does paper-making, batik, embroidery, knitting and braiding.

She was recently invited to join the Society of Dyers and Colourists and is also a member of Frayed Edges Weaving Group, formed in 2004 for the graduates of Bradford College of Art and Design, which exhibits nationally.

Opened in March and supported by a number of organisations, including The Duchy of Cornwall and Devon County Council, the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity offers low cost workshop space on two floors and is helping boost the local economy by connecting local businesses with other key industry sectors.

The artists and creative practitioners take part in workshops organised by the centre, but also stage their own sessions with smaller groups in their own studios. Anyone wishing to find out more about all the workshops on offer should telephone the centre on (01822) 890828 or visit the website www.duchysquare.org where contact details for all the artists can be found.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Autumn at Duchy Square Centre for Creativity

Welcome to the autumn season of exhibitions and courses at Duchy Square.

We have had our Royal visit and think HRH Like what he saw. We certainly enjoyed meeting him and his party.

As life settles down to the season of ‘mist and mellow fruitfulness’ we hope to have something of interest to you.

Our next exhibition in the Main Gallery @ Duchy Square comprises the award winning work of a collection of pewter craft makers. Some are recent graduates of South Devon College and some more established metalworkers, all of them very gifted... Come along and be amazed at the beautifully crafted items on display.

In the Upstairs Gallery @ Duchy Square we are very proud to present the watercolours of local wildlife artist Jennie Hale. Her diaries may be well known to some of you, but few of us have had the pleasure of seeing large original watercolours by Jennie. To accompany this we have a collection of new ceramic pieces also on display.

Our courses are taking off and we have a very varied collection. Everything from wreaths, dyeing and weaving to feltmaking and rag rugging. Come and give it a go!

For more information please visit our website www.duchysquare.org

Thursday, 24 September 2009

A Beautiful Scarf




Paddy Younge came to the Duchy a couple of weeks ago to do a day's textile design course with me. We worked on her chosen picture and did some simple exercises and Paddy was so enthused she wanted to come back straight away and dye a warp. She made her warps (two) at home and brought them into the studio, we dyed them, steamed them and Paddy went home to weave them up. This is the result - stunning! The photo on top of Paddy wearing her scarf is the chained warp dyed.


This afternoon Paddy, Sarah, Val, Sue and I had great fun at the start of the dyeing course (Thursday afternoons, 13.00-16.00). We have room for a couple more, if anyone is interested...

Call Duchy Square on 01822 890828 or visit the website.


Jane

Meet Larry!

Jacqueline Welby is a resident crafts maker at the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity in Princetown, Dartmoor.


Hi sorry I have not been around for a few days but it is a very busy time for us on the moor, what with Widecombe Fair and the horse round up I have needed to catch up on my sleep.

I would like you to meet Larry he is 6 years old and not far off his sell by date, he came to Watergate when he was 1 day old and our human mummy had to bottle feed him 7 times a day until he could eat grass.

He is looking very smart after his fleece was taken off in the summer, 1/2 went to Mary for felting and the other 1/2 went to Jane for spinning, when you are next up at the Duchy Centre pop in and feel the quality.

It is time for my beauty sleep now I will introduce you to some more of my friends in the week.

Luv to all
Dave.


Telephone Jacqueline on 01364 631221
Mobile : 07881456608
Email : moorsewing@yahoo.co.uk
Website : www.moorsewing.2day.ws

Click here for more information about Duchy Square Centre for Creativity.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Christmas Events at Duchy Square.



Christmas may seem a long way off, but it will be with us once again before we know it!

Please find below some brief details about our planned Christmas schedule at Duchy Square.

Friday November 13th - Christmas show launch - “Moor Presents” - 6.30 - 9pm - light refreshments available

Thursday 26th November - Late night opening - Christmas shopping 6pm - 8.30pm - Mulled wine and mince pies

Thursday 3rd December - Christmas evening - carols around the tree 6pm - 8.30pm - Community invite

Moor Presents at Duchy Square

We are looking to have a series of evenings with a festive atmosophere.

The first of these is on November 13th when we open the first part of our Christmas exhibition. We will also have a wine tasting and some other local producers with their wares available on the evening.

For the festive season at Duchy Square we are putting an emphasis on quality presents at a range of prices.

We hope to have something for the collector and the casual buyer and anyone just interested in contemporary art. This will be a great opportunity to experience a range of affordable works and make purchases in time for Christmas.

Open to our own Resident Artists and those Artists within the immediate Dartmoor area. We hope the exhibition will show a high standard of work at a range of prices

Everything, from furniture to Christmas decorations smaller stocking fillers to larger must have items to enhance your home.

On the 26th November we will be keeping our doors open late until 8:30 to provide, with a festive flair, still further opportunities to purchase that special gift or piece of art.

To say thank you to our local community we will have our second ‘Tree’ party on the 3rd December with some carols and Mince pies so we may welcome in our Princetown neighbours with some Christmas cheer.

For further information, please visit our website or tel : 01822 890828.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Meet Dave!

Jacqueline Welby is a resident crafts maker at the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity in Princetown, Dartmoor.

Jacqueline would like to introduce you to Dave!

Let me introduce my self ; my name is Dave and I am told that I am a Kune Kune pig.

I was born in September 2003 and my mummy's pig name is Rose, and my daddy's is Freezer.

When I was 10 weeks old I went to live at Watergate Chapel, which is the only home I can remember. I have a very nice Peggie home which is green with a floor, door and back window, and have lots of yummy grass, roots, as well as the fruit, veg, sugar beet and oats that my human family give me each day.

I have to go now as it is feeding time and I must get my share. I will introduce you to my friends later.

Dave.

Telephone Jacqueline on 01364 631221
Mobile : 07881456608
Email : moorsewing@yahoo.co.uk
Website : www.moorsewing.2day.ws

Click here for more information about Duchy Square Centre for Creativity.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Studio Sessions in September / October


COME ALONG TO THE DUCHY SQUARE CENTRE FOR CREATIVITY AND MAKE YOUR OWN PIECE OF FINE SILVER JEWELLERY TO TAKE AWAY ON THE DAY!


PLT Designs,

Duchy Centre for Creativity

Princetown

07765512061

lisa@pltdesigns.vpweb.co.uk


TASTER SESSIONS - £35

Taster sessions introduce you to Silver Clay. You will have the opportunity to design, create, fire and finish 1 - 2 pieces of fine silver jewellery. Price includes 10gms clay, use of all tools and firing. Coffee/Tea, cake/biscuits.

(Findings such as chain, cufflinks and earring wires can be purchased at a small additional cost.)


Thurs 17th Sept 10am - 1pm

Thurs 24th Sept 5 – 8.30 pm

Thurs 1st Oct 10am – 1pm

Thurs 8th Oct 10am – 1pm

Fri 16th Oct 10am – 1pm

Thurs 22nd 0ct 5 - 8.30pm

Fri 30th Oct 10am -1pm


PLEASE NOTE YOU CAN BOOK YOUR OWN TASTER SESSION TO SUIT YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS - GIVE ME A CALL TO ARRANGE!!!


COLD ENAMELLING - £65 NEW!! NEW!! NEW!!!


Add colour to your Silver Clay. Design, create, fire and finish a piece of fine silver jewellery which you will embellish with cold enamel. Practice your enamelling on pewter bezels – these make great pendants or keyrings! Price includes 10gms clay, use of all tools and firing; pewter bezel and enamels for two pieces. Cofffee / Tea, Cake / Biscuits. Local cafes serve great lunches or bring a packed lunch.


Sat 10th Oct 10am – 4pm

Sat 24th Oct 10am – 4pm


PRIVATE STUDIO SESSIONS AND BIRTHDAY PARTIES ARE AVAILABLE TO BOOK. PLEASE CALL LISA OR CONTACT DUCHY SQUARE TO DISCUSS.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Anglo-Saxon Dyeing




This week I had an unusual experience in that I was asked to teach spinning and dyeing to two Anglo-Saxon re-enactors. This provided several challenges: the Anglo-Saxons apparently spun on low whorl spindles (English drop spindles). In common with many other spinning teachers, I much prefer to use a top whorl spindle. Additionally, there was a requirement to spin from a distaff - something I have often done with a wheel but not with a spindle. We manged, though, and by the end of two days, both students were spinning well.




The dyeing was most successful: we used madder and saffron, but not alum mordant as we weren't sure that alum was available. We modified the colours after dyeing with acid, alkali, copper and iron water. We also tackled woad, and got a lovely delicate blue - the delicacy of the colour being due to the fact that when I gathered the leaves in the morning from my one remaining plant, there was a huge slug enjoying my woad for breakfast!
I have uploaded the madder/saffron pictures above - who says natural dyes are dull?!

Monday, 31 August 2009

DEVON’S COUNTRYSIDE AND COAST ARE THE INSPIRATION FOR HEIDI

Prints and paintings inspired by Devon’s amazing countryside and beaches will be the focus of an exhibition of new work by Heidi Koenig at the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity (3-26 Sept, open daily 10am-5pm)

Heidi’s contemporary abstract prints and paintings will be on display in the downstairs gallery at Duchy Square in Princetown, which is also playing host to one of a series of taster exhibitions by members of Devon Open Studios in the upstairs gallery.

Devon Open Studios is the largest open studio event featuring the work of more than 230 artists and makers across 11 venues between September 5-20 , including the five taster exhibitions.

Along with Heidi’s exhibition, around 30 members of the Open Studios event will have their work on display at Duchy Square, which joins Exeter Phoenix Galleries, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, the Flavel in Dartmouth and Great Torrington’s Plough Arts Centre as the venues for the taster exhibitions.

Born in Germany in 1964, Heidi, who lives in Exeter, attained a first class honours degree in Fine Art Printmaking at Brighton University, before going on to study for a Postgraduate Diploma of Fine Art Printmaking at Slade School of Fine Art.

She has staged a number of solo exhibitions over the last decade, including the CCA Galleries in London, Oxford’s Inspires Gallery and at a number of venues in the Westcountry –the Viewpoint Gallery at Plymouth College of Art and Brownston Gallery in Modbury in the South Hams.

Influenced by the works or Rothko, Frankenthaler and Matisse, Heidi is recognised as one of the strongest artists to graduate from the prestigious Slade School and her enigmatic and energetic images are in demand worldwide.

“Inspiration for individual pieces is driven purely by observation and physical experiences,” said Heidi.

“When I set out to paint I don’t have a conscious viewpoint of how I want it to turn out -the image evolves as I paint, taking me back to the places that I have been and the sensory information that I have absorbed.”

Opened in March and supported by a number of organisations, including Duchy of Cornwall and Devon County Council, the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity offers low cost workshop space on two floors and is helping boost the local economy by connecting local businesses with other key industry sectors.

The artists and creative practitioners take part in workshops organised by the centre, but also stage their own sessions with smaller groups in their own studios. Anyone wishing to find out more about all the workshops on offer should telephone the centre on (01822) 890828 or visit the website www.duchysquare.org where contact details for all the artists can be found.

WEBSITES:

www.duchysquare.org

www.integria.net


AUTUMN’S THE SEASON FOR GETTING CREATIVE

There’s a chance for young and old to get artistic at the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity.

The resident artists and creative practitioners based at the centre in Princetown have drawn up their Autumn programme of workshops, to give people of all ages the opportunity to unlock their creative flair.

The autumn programme follows on from the hugely successful summer series of events at Duchy Square, which included a special bunting day community workshop, when people helped give the centre a bold splash of colour.

Once again, the new programme offers a varied selection of artistic and creative disciplines and gives the people the chance to tap into the skills and knowledge of some of the centre’s creative practitioners.

There’s the chance to learn contemporary card-making with Doris Smith Rolli on Sept 18th, followed by a Big Draw Masterclass on October 10th.

Two mosaic making workshops, one using everyday objects people can find and bring in, are part of the ongoing schedule and there’s also silk painting, dyeing, precious metal clay jewellery making, weaving, printmaking, quilting and embroidery on offer. Get into the festive spirit too with a ‘Baubles for Christmas’ workshop.

Tracy Hill, South West Regional Manager for Integria Ltd – which operates and manages Duchy Square – said the workshop sessions had proved a popular way to help locals and visitors alike to feel part of the centre.

“There is a real buzz around Duchy Square at the moment and the workshops are really contributing to that buzz,” said Tracy.

“It’s a chance to learn a new creative skill, but also helps local people in particular feel a real part of Duchy Square and what we are doing to connect businesses and breathe new economic life into the village and surrounding Dartmoor.”

The one-day workshops cost from as little as £10 to £35 and will mostly be held between 10am and 4pm.

Opened in March and supported by a number of organisations, including Duchy of Cornwall and Devon County Council, the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity offers low cost workshop space on two floors and is helping boost the local economy by connecting local businesses with other key industry sectors.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the workshops on offer and to book a place should telephone the Gallery at the centre on (01822) 890828 or email gallery@duchysquare.org

WEBSITES:

www.duchysquare.org

www.integria.net

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Tri-coloured Jade jewellery by Treasured Forever


Thursday at the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity for me, was a busy one. So many people passed through to view the centre and all were really nice to talk to. It was a pleasure, really it was. I think many will come back again and I look forward to seeing them.


So did I get any work done I hear you ask, yes I did is the answer. Not massive amounts, but with so many interesting individuals passing through it gave me a chance to natter!!!

However, I did make one necklace that I was really really pleased with. It is made using tri-coloured jade and filigree beads. I think it has a sophisticated feel about it. Well that's me for today.

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Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Swarovski Crystal and Lampwork Beaded Necklace


Today I made this beautiful necklace and fantastic pair of earrings. They are made using swarovski crystals and lampwork beads. The crystals give a fantasic sparkle.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2009

The Story of Duchy Square Centre for Creativity (so far!)

A short (but perfectly formed!) video to explain how and why Duchy Square came about.


video

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Latest creations




Thought I'd post up a few of my latest creations. Let me know what you think.
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Monday, 17 August 2009

Beaded Jewellery by Alison Bickell

Well this is my first "blog". Hope it makes an ok read!!

I started about 5 years ago dabbling with making beaded jewellery. Now my hobby is my job and I love it. The Duchy Centre is full of great artists and really nice people. I am so pleased I took the gamble to take on one of the workshops - it's really a home from home.

I've been making regular sales with my bits and bobs, it's keeping me ticking over nicely!! I have started to notice now that I am getting lots of requests to make a certain design in a certain colour on the day. This is always exciting and I'm pleased to say that so far everyone has gone away with a piece of jewellery that they think is better than the original idea that they gave me. I have started doing mail order as well and have found repeat customers through this medium.

I don't have a website as yet, but may do in the future. Until then I regularly post photos onto my facebook group - Treasured Forever. Take a peek. It's like window shopping without the crowds!!!!

Thanks and hope you have a great week.

Duchy Square Centre for Creativity

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Gallery of Graduates......

Our 'First Steps' exhibition at Duchy Square Centre for Creativity, on until the end of August is being well received. The works vary from huge paintings, to staircases and glass and found object sculpture. It is well worth a look and shows the boundless creativity of the Artist and student. Upstairs in the 'other' gallery our very talented
resident artists are staging an impromptu summer show. Their creativty is also boundless and it is a stunning display of the versatility and talent here at Duchy Square.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Mary Toon's Feltmaking Workshops at Duchy Square.

Mary Toon will be running some more of her popular feltmaking workshops in September at the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity in Princetown.

There will be 4 classes for beginners (flat-work using different fleeces and fibres) and 3 classes "Using templates to make 3D objects" (also suitable for beginners), all running 10-4pm at £30 for the day incl. materials.

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Thursday, 30 July 2009

Jane's Colourwall of Natural Dyes


Jane Deane - Jane Deane Textiles

Whilst Anne is using her exciting new machinery, and others are making jewellery, embroidering, felting, painting and weaving, I am happily playing with fibres and yarns in my studio at Duchy Square Centre for Creativity.

I have several students coming for spinning, weaving and dyeing courses, and next week I have two Dutch ladies coming to learn creative yarn design. We will spend four days designing and spinning yarns from source material that they will bring with them or that we will choose from the moor. These sources might be found objects: flowers, pine cones, stones, etc., or they might be photographs, sketches and the like. We have masses of coloured fibre to work with, as well as naturally coloured fleece, and have a variety of different fibres, too. Apart from wool, I have cotton, flax, bamboo, tencel, recycled plastic bottle fibre, camel, yak, possum, silk....the list goes on!

On Saturday 8th August there is an Indigo Workshop, 10-4. We will be trying out different ways of stitching, tying, clamping, rolling and otherwise torturing cloth before dyeing it in the vat and seeing what happens. When we have done lots of samples, students can choose which they like best and use that technique on a silk scarf to take home. There are still some places available on this course, so if you've never experienced the magical and dramatic indigo experience, now might be your opportunity! Places can be booked through the Gallery.

The following weekend, 15th-16th of August, I will try to bring some silkworms up to the studio. I have a student coming to dye madder with me, and he is very interested in my silkworms, as indeed are many people. So I thought I might take this opportunity to bring a few to work.

Jane

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Anne Middleton - Part of the Country

People ask what goes on at Duchy Square Centre for Creativity - how long have you got? This is my first blogging experience and I hope it will give an insight into the busy, varied lives of artists and craftspeople. We turn our hands to a lot of things and love it. So here we go - behind the scenes!

I have a workshop at Duchy where I have my equipment for framing pictures, I am working towards my qualifications with the Fine Art Trade Guild. I publish artists' work, put on exhibitions and I am also a mosaic artist.

I have just pulled out a couple of photos quickly to illustrate that one minute I could be putting an exhibition and the next I may be working in school showing children how to make their drawings into mosaic pictures that they fix into concrete to go on their walls.

This week we were filling in the screw fixing holes and polishing 152 panels - that's 304 holes - no finger nails left and sore shoulders but the four murals look great. I also taught a mosaic totem pole course at the weekend, framed some old watercolours and made some oak frames that were hard to cut, the oak was very old.

In my mosaic studio I am getting some exhibition work together so lots of experimenting, thought processes and sketches, it is coming together now.

I have just got a hot vacumn press which is a lovely shiny red magic machine that flattens out the work and puts various finishes on it ready for framing. It needs to be kept dust free and there isn't enough room in my workshop at Duchy so I have it at home at present. I do wonder whether it could do the ironing??!

Also this week I finished off framing two mosaics that are going up in the Parish Hall here, one of them was inspired by some material I bought at the Centre.

There have been lots of visitors to Princetown, even in the summer rain - and some people I met on holiday in France last year called in - we had camped next to each other and they came from Tavistock. The new exhibition was going up so lots of bustle about. Oh... and not to forget the bunting workshops, the children have had fun and so have we - wishing for sunshine for Princetown Carnival this weekend. Sorry not to be there but Lisa (the silver lady) is running a course for Part of the Country in Moretonhampstead and I will be looking after them all. Bye for now.

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Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Amanda helps pupils achieve ecology award.


PUPILS at an Ivybridge primary school have enjoyed a series of ecological art workshops with Amanda Pellatt, who is a resident artists at the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity in Princetown.

Youngsters at Erme Primary School worked closely with art and ecology expert Amanda, before the end of the school year to help them "connect with their environment through the arts".

Teachers said that Amanda played a key role in the school's bid for eco-status through the workshops.

Amanda organised activities for about 100 children as part of a social arts practice initiative focused on the River Erme Valley, where she lives.

The school is seeking eco-status, a Government-backed initiative aiming to ensure every school is sustainable by 2020. It is an international awards programme that guides schools through the process to help embed eco-principles at the heart of school life.

During three sessions at Long Timber Woods, pupils from Years 3 to 6 at the school used their imaginations to pretend they were hearing sounds from the environment through a cardboard ipod made by Amanda.

During the fun sessions, the children also went bug hunting, framed leaves to make art and created an eco-web, showing how all the flora and fauna in the environment connect to each other.

It was the first time Amanda has worked with a school as part of her project in the River Erme valley. She said "The idea is to help people re-engage with their local environment and get to know it in more detail using the arts in all its forms as a catalyst. I wanted to give the children the opportunity to take part in fun activities on an eco-theme that could really help them in their bid for eco-status."

The project - entitled River Erme Valley, Mouth to Source - is an extension of Amanda's Masters Degree in Art and Ecology.

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FIRST STEPS EXHIBITION
CELEBRATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF
CREATIVE TALENT IN THE SOUTH WEST

Duchy Square Centre for Creativity, which opened earlier this year in Princetown, is hosting a joint exhibition during August 2009 of some of the best of this year’s graduating students work from Plymouth College of Art and the University of Plymouth’s Faculty of Arts.

The exhibition is titled ‘First Steps’ and celebrates the next generation of creative talent in the South West. The exhibition showcases art, design and media work from the College and the University’s Faculty of Art’s most recent graduates.

This is the first time that the college and university have collaborated on an exhibition like this with the Duchy Square Centre for Creativity, and it is hoped that these joint events will become a regular occurrence.

Because the work this year from all of the graduating students was of such a high quality, it was a really difficult decision to select pieces for the First Steps exhibition. But everyone agrees that the final choices look great in the Duchy Square main gallery.

The Duchy Square Centre for Creativity is managed and operated by Integria Ltd, the creative consultancy which is helping to nurture artistic talent by providing a diverse range of practitioners with an outlet to promote and sell their work. Supported by a number of organisations, including Duchy of Cornwall and Devon County Council, the centre offers low cost, workshop space on two floors and is helping to boost the local economy by connecting creative businesses with other key industry sectors.

The First Steps exhibition opens with a Private Viewing on Wednesday 29th July from 6pm until 8pm, and will then be open until Monday 31st August. The exhibition is free for all to attend.

For further information please contact Duchy Square Centre for Creativity on 01822 890828, email gallery@duchysquare.org or visit www.duchysquare.org.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Bunting Making Day Pictures

Duchy Square Centre for Creativity, in Princetown on Dartmoor recently hosted a fun-filled Bunting Making Day for locals, both young and old.

Some of the fantastic results from this very succesful day can now be seen decorating the Arts and Craft Centre in preparation for the village carnival day which is held on the first Saturday in August.


More pictures ..........




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