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

Cathy Edwards Brooklyn Studios  hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (11 of 31) (2)

Cathy Edwards Brooklyn Studios  hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (13 of 31) (1)

Cathy Edwards Brooklyn Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (11 of 31) (1)

 

Annie Lawson – cartoons on postcards and t-shires, latch-hooked wall hangings and knitting – www.annielawson.com and goss.bigcartel.com

Annie Lawson Brooklyn Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (9 of 31)

 

Sakinah Haq – mosaic mirrors and plaques, hand-built ceramics and paintings inspired by her love of nature and local Pennines landscapes – sakinahhaq.wordpress.com

Sakinah Haq Brooklyn Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (6 of 31) (1)

Sakinah Haq Brooklyn Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (6 of 31) (2)

Sakinah Haq Brooklyn Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (6 of 31) (3)

 

Angie Rogers – responses to the South Pennine landscape in woodcut, charcoal and paint – www.angierogers.com

Angie Rogers Brooklyn Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (4 of 31) (2)

Angie Rogers Brooklyn Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (4 of 31) (4)

Angie Rogers Brooklyn Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (4 of 31) (1)

 

Lynda Thomas – artist, printmaker, handmade books and lino prints of local views and beyond – lynprints.wordpress.com

Lynda Thomas Brooklyn Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (30 of 31) (3)

 

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

Isobel Cortese Verdantica Northlight Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (1 of 5)

 

Juliet Blackman – coiled ceramic pieces concerned with natural form, landscape and ancient artefacts using raku firing techniques – www.northern-potters.co.uk

Juliet Blackman Northlight Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (27 of 31) (3)

Juliet Blackman Northlight Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (27 of 31) (5)

 

Sally Darlington – One-off fine art textiles produced using industrial felt and silk cocoons and embellished with surface embroidery – www.sallydarlington.co.uk

Sally Darlington Northlight Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (4 of 5)

Sally Darlington Northlight Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (15 of 31)

 

Kate Boyce – original mixed media paintings and reproduction prints – www.kateboyce.co.uk

Kate Boyce hebden bridge Northlight Studios open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (29 of 31) (2)

Kate Boyce Northlight Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (5 of 5)

 

Nicola Winters – handwoven designs made into cushions, purses and bags using bright colours that sing together, along with watercolour landscapes – pepsijo1 [AT] btinternet.com

Nicola Winters Northlight Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (19 of 31) (2)

Nicola Winters Northlight Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (19 of 31) (3)

 

Kate Rhodes – handmade jewellery inspired by everyday doodling – www.katerhodes.com

Kate Rhodes Northlight Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (3 of 5)

Kate Rhodes Northlight Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (20 of 31)

 

Annie Harrison – creates installations and objects, film and performance, which respond directly and personally to the stories she uncovers – www.annieharrison.co.uk

Annie Harrison Northlight Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (16 of 31)

 

Roo S Waterhouse – paintings and prints celebrating the (extra) ordinary stuff of everyday life, I particularly love her book pictures – www.roowaterhouse.co.uk

Roo S Waterhouse Northlight Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (2 of 5)

Roo S Waterhouse Northlight Studios hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (21 of 31)

 

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

Dorothy Ann Simister Linden Mill hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (30 of 31) (2)

Dorothy Ann Simister Linden Mill hebden bridge open studios 2014 by Rachel Lucie (30 of 31) (3)

 

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!).

hannah nunn cow parsley lamp

 

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!

Rachel x

Rachel Lucie Johns

Hi! I'm Rachel, a jewellery designer-maker & nature photographer. My work is inspired by the gorgeous countryside around West Yorkshire & Art Deco design. This blog is where I share my creative life and inspiration. find out more ...

6 Comments

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    Ley Holloway

    9th July 2014

    Looks like some amazing talent up there, just a tad too far for me sadly, North Devon to Hebden Bridge.

    • Reply

      Rachel Lucie Johns

      9th July 2014

      Hi Ley, that’s a shame! Yes, I never make it to Bovey Tracey for exactly that reason. Maybe a weekend away to the north one time? I’m on holiday in North Devon this summer, can’t wait, love it in your neck of the woods :)

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    craig

    9th July 2014

    Many thanks for the lovely post and images. For those of us (only slightly) further afield who still also haven’t been to the Open Studios in Hebden this is a great who’s who of what’s on : )

    • Reply

      Rachel Lucie Johns

      9th July 2014

      Hi Craig, thanks for popping by. Yes it’s a great event – so much to see if you visited all of them. I reckon it’s a weekender, really! Do come next year :)

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    hannah nunn

    9th July 2014

    Lovely lovely post. What super stunning photos! Glad you like your lamp :)

    • Reply

      Rachel Lucie Johns

      9th July 2014

      I love my lamp! Can’t the wait to get it shining, soon! X

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