Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Favourite things at Pulse

We had the delight yesterday of both basking in the explosion of creativity and colour that is Pulse and bumping into friends old and new. Our first encounter was with the lovely Mrs Booth who I remember as a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed graduate with an excellent and memorable portfolio in around 1989. I think, although I'm not positive, I bought a book from her then (something to do with lino cuts and mermaids?) Her lovely work for children is elegantly economical and evocative of simpler times. She is not only married to another designer I met when he was a graduate even longer ago, she is now living in North Berwick, one of our favourite places in the world.

We also caught our friend and fellow Artist at Home eating her sandwich. Linda Bloomfield has some beautiful thrown ceramics ( I love the subtle glazes on the interiors of the pots) and is branching out into some manufactured products, which were impressively sympathetic to her artistic aesthetic.

Two stands we liked, although we'd never met them before, were Bee & Tea, luscious water colours on ceramics and kitchen textiles, and Alison Hardcastle, rather nice hand printed cards, books and stationery.