It’s been such a great couple of weekends here in Hebden Bridge, we’ve had the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, the Open Studios, and of course the Le Tour (more on that later). Would you believe that in 14 years of living here, I have never actually made it to the Open Studios?! A rather poor show, I’ll admit. So, the other weekend, myself and Christine from Hat Therapy (who has also never made it there)
It was over 2 weekends, and I managed to get a quick look round the first one. Thanks to the lovely artists, designers and makers who let me snap pictures of their work, so many of whom I hadn’t even met before (as above, never been to the open studios before!!). It was also nice to catch up with some local creative friends.
Here are some of the highlights that caught my eye. First, I went to Brooklyn Studios on Hangingroyd Lane.
Catherine Edwards – contemporary leather work made and stitched by hand using British leather – www.ce-leathergoods.com
Sakinah Haq – mosaic mirrors and plaques, hand-built ceramics and paintings inspired by her love of nature and local Pennines landscapes – sakinahhaq.wordpress.com
Angie Rogers – responses to the South Pennine landscape in woodcut, charcoal and paint – www.angierogers.com
Lynda Thomas – artist, printmaker, handmade books and lino prints of local views and beyond – lynprints.wordpress.com
After Brooklyn, I popped next door to Northlight Studios:
Isobel Cortese from Verdantica – bespoke terrariums with tiny living worlds enclosed in glass and a verdant setting. Apologies that my snaps really didn’t capture them well, but Isobel’s card is great! – www.verdantica.co.uk
Juliet Blackman – coiled ceramic pieces concerned with natural form, landscape and ancient artefacts using raku firing techniques – www.northern-potters.co.uk
Sally Darlington – One-off fine art textiles produced using industrial felt and silk cocoons and embellished with surface embroidery – www.sallydarlington.co.uk
Kate Boyce – original mixed media paintings and reproduction prints – www.kateboyce.co.uk
Nicola Winters – handwoven designs made into cushions, purses and bags using bright colours that sing together, along with watercolour landscapes – pepsijo1 [AT] btinternet.com
Kate Rhodes – handmade jewellery inspired by everyday doodling – www.katerhodes.com
Annie Harrison – creates installations and objects, film and performance, which respond directly and personally to the stories she uncovers – www.annieharrison.co.uk
Roo S Waterhouse – paintings and prints celebrating the (extra) ordinary stuff of everyday life, I particularly love her book pictures – www.roowaterhouse.co.uk
Then I made it to Linden Mill, on Linden Road:
Dorothy Ann Simister – reflecting transitory aspects of life, with beautiful pictures of windows where the reflections and contents become one – www.dorothyannsimister.com
Then finally I managed to pop in to Burlees House on Hangingroyd Lane to see the studios of friends Hannah Nunn and Sarah Mason. I can’t believe I’ve never been before! Unfortunately my phone had given up the ghost by then, but I can share a picture of the gorgeous lamp that I bought off Hannah. This is from her website, and you can buy your own tall cow parsley lamp here. I’ll post my own once I get in plugged in (who knew that replacing the lamp by the telly would be so tricky – we have to take everything out to do it!).
Sarah is the talented photographer who took my first photo shoot pictures, and I haven’t caught up with her for ages. Unfortunately Sarah wasn’t in that day as she was poorly – I will come back another day!
I only scratched the surface of the Open Studios, as all these venues were within a stones throw of each other. Many other artists and creatives have studios all over the area. Why not make a point of visiting next year, I know I will. My tip is to leave enough time, and intersperse your day with tea and cakes!