The beginning of February and March saw my first and second Print Friendly Workshops at Made and Making in the South Downs Heritage Studio.  This is an informal session for anyone who has a little bit of printing knowledge or who has attended my Introduction to Lino or Dry Point Workshops.  It’s an opportunity to come along with your project and receive help when needed.  Here’s something that Annie produced:

Bag from Print Friendly

I am also very happy to say that I am returning to the Chalk Gallery in Lewes as a member on the 13th March.  This means that I will have new work, every six weeks, permanently displayed on the wall alongside 20 other artists.   I will also have unframed work in the browser and the gallery will have a large supply of my greetings cards.

New ‘Song Sparrow’ Linocut:Song Sparrowhttp://chalkgallerylewes.co.uk/

Preparations for the Brighton Open Houses have also begun here in Hassocks.  My husband has a deadline to rebuild the ramp from the gate into the garden.  I am going to have work on display in the lodge every weekend in May which also needs a lot of TLC.  We are trying not to panic too much here.  http://aoh.org.uk/

Looking back at my diary for the last couple of months, as well as working, we have been away a few times.  Firstly we had a weekend in Bournemouth.  I had only been to Bournemouth once before when I was about 13 and it was a beach visit and so I knew there was a lovely sandy coastline.  However, this time I also got to see the Russell Coates Art Gallery and Museum.  This Museum and Gallery are housed in the most beautiful early 1900s Art Nouveau building.  We stayed at a Village Hotel which was great and used up the last of our Tesco Vouchers to eat at both Café Rouge and Zizzi.  Zizzi was my favourite.

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We also managed a few days with my family in Plymouth whilst my youngest son had an interview in Falmouth for a Graphic Design degree course.  Visiting friends in Ilminster on the way back was great fun.  I could hardly believe that we hadn’t seen each other for over a year.  I really don’t know where the time goes.

Last weekend we went to the Bolney Wine Estate for a wine tasting experience given to me by my eldest son as a birthday present last August.   This was a very interesting and enjoyable experience where we got to try some sparkling red made with the same process as Champagne.  The following day we visited my stepson at London Bridge, for his birthday, with a bag full of Bolney wine as his present.

I have also completed a new flower textile design which, hopefully, will be taken Sweden this week and so my fingers are crossed for a sale.

Unfortunately, my application to be a member of the RE wasn’t accepted.   However, I received some feedback and may well apply at another time with some less illustrative work.  I also got the opportunity to visit the Southbank when I was delivering and collecting my work.  I accordingly made the most of my trip and visited the Rauschenberg and Wolfgang Tillmans exhibitions at the Tate Modern.  My daughter came to see the Tillmans exhibition with me which had some eye opening images.  We also had enjoyable lunch and bottle of wine at Wagamama on the way home.  I almost forgot to mention that I also walked past the Fashion and Textile Museum which just happened to have an exhibition of one of my favourite textile designers, Josef Frank.  I obviously could not resist going in and it was lovely.  This exhibition is on until the 7th of May if anyone is interested in going.

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My Etsy shop is closed for the next couple of weeks while I give it a refurbish but my work is available at the usual venues.  Please see www.suecollinsart.com for more info.

That’s all folks until next month.  Have a good one….


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