Newcastle Vintage Fashion Fair is back very soon so if you are in the North East don't forget to go - you will find quality real vintage pieces rather than 80's/90's retro that seems to dominate most fairs now! Anyway to whet your appetite there is a great interview with my mum and Jayne (who organise the fair) in this issue of Collection, on page 26,27, and 28 - they even provide some tips for buying vintage! (While you are there you should read the article about Kim Lewis - a family friend and wonderful Children's Book illustrator). Get it in your diary now!
Popped down to Eastbourne yesterday (in the pouring rain) to look at the exhibition at the Emma Mason gallery, that I have a few prints in - it looks lovely! Unfortunately I didn't take a camera but take my word - a lovely selection of artists, books and 'things' and a glorious selection of Robert Tavener prints as they hold the families archive - they created this brilliant book which provides a wonderful overview of Tavener's life and career.
In conjunction with this exhibition I went in to see the Museum of British Folklore curated exhibition, 'Collective Observations' at the Towner Gallery which had a fantastic collection of photography documenting British customs and traditions - very inspiring!
I was commissioned a little while ago to design some Christmas ribbons for Ray Stitch, a rather wonderful Islington based haberdashery shop (and cafe) that plays host to a remarkable collection of fabrics, trims, ribbons buttons and more! The ribbons are hot off the press and look great - so if you fancy decorating your Christmas presents in a more unique way then usual, head down to Ray Stitch and pick up a couple of metres - I dare you not to go away with something else aswell!
Picked up this lovely bit of hexagonal patchwork today - pretty wonderful colours in the pieces of dresses and shirts that must've been cut up to make this. Regretting a little now that I have packed it up to post it to my mum. Although I am sure she will do something much more interesting with it than I would...
Yesterday I had a sunny and crisp day trip to Saffron Walden to drop off some prints and have a look around the Fry Gallery (and every bookshop in the town). An absolutely wonderful collection of works by some of my favourite artists (I particularly enjoyed seeing Bawden's Fortnum and Mason work in the flesh) and 'The Fry Menagerie' a temporary exhibition showing works carefully (and brilliantly) selected by Mark Hearld from the permanent collection, that represent animals in some way. I feel refreshed and inspired and want to take up wood engraving. Here are a few of my favourite pieces on show from both the permanent and temporary exhibitions. Images from the Fry Art Gallery website. (Rothernstein, Cheese, Bawden, Hoyle, Ravillious)
I am having a solo show at Wem Town Hall, opening in two weeks today. Come along for the PV on the evening of Friday October 26th, 6-8pm if you are in the area! Otherwise it is on until Christmas so you have plenty of time to have a visit, view and a shop!Wem Town Hall, 28 - 32 High Street, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5DG
I am an illustrator and printmaker based in East London. Research is at the heart of my practice and my work frequently explores themes of British folk lore, tradition and superstition. To see more of my work visit www.alicepattullo.com. If you have any questions email me at email@example.com