I’m sitting here writing this on my last day manning The Art Shed. I joined this group of artists just over two years ago and it feels like it’s been a second home for my little business. It’s the day before we pack everything up and move on to other things. I’ve had a little while to get used to the idea, but wandering around here on my last shift, it feels very sad.
It’s been a quiet day with a handful of very enthusiastic human visitors and one dog (always a highlight!) Our human visitors (and probably the dog too) are all very sad we are closing and have been such wonderful supporters of all the artists that have made up the Art Shed during the time it’s been open, even helping us win Muddy Stilettos awards year after year. I guess someone else can have a turn next time!!
Happily, this isn’t the end of the Art Shed, just of our time at The Medicine Garden. While I’ve grown hugely fond of this beautiful location, I’m excited to see where these changes take us. Please follow The Art Shed on Facebook to hear where you might find us in the future.
Work by Oorla Morgan, Stephanie Wright, Pratima Kramer, Louisa Sullivan, Jojo Rowley, Sophie de Taranto, Claire Hardwick-Wilson, Sarah Simonds-Gooding, Joe Szabo and Naomi Beevers.
I’ve been busy organising and delivering work to a flurry of new amazing and quirky shops and galleries recently. One with a very special story is The Craft Gallery in Merton Abbey Mills, SW19, which I visited last week.
Abbey Mills is somewhere that naturally attracts creative types, having formerly been a textile works used by William Morris and Liberty & Co. The gallery itself is situated in the building that was the old Apprentice Shop, used by Liberty to train their apprentices. Each of the buildings in the complex had it’s own job when the mills was making beautiful textiles. While it’s very easy to get distracted by the occupants now (restaurants, shops, galleries, coffee shops, theatre) it’s worth stopping to read what each part was originally used for. Even wandering around completely oblivious to all this, however, the mills is still enjoyable for just being incredibly pretty, right on the river wandle.
The Craft Gallery is home to a diverse selection of locally made items such as cards, ceramics, glassware, jewellery and, of course, textiles plus craft making items, especially ones for those good with a needle and thread. (Sadly, I am not one of them) While I wanted to buy one of everything, as I often do with places like this, I managed to deliver more items than I left with. (Very proud!) I wasn’t, however, able to resist an adorable little pottery dog bowl by Margaret Haslam, handpainted with ‘for a very fine dog’ – a must for Socks!
A selection of Shutter Jewellery is now on show and for sale at The Craft Gallery including sterling silver drop earrings, stud earrings and necklaces as well as a selection of rhodium plated cufflink sets.