Chelsea Flower Show, as we are admirers and exponents of all things artisan. The RHS explained that it has asked designers to use natural, sustainably resourced materials in an artistic manner. "We are excited about the new introduction of artisan gardens, which, combined with urban gardens at Chelsea, will ensure that visitors will see some incredible designs highlighting innovation, creativity and sustainability," said RHS head of show development Bob Sweet.
The best Artisan Garden this year is, which seems curiously appropriate, a Korean lavatory, designed by Jihae Hwang. The garden is actually called Hae-woo-so and is 'the Korean word for the traditional Korean toilet. The inspiration behind the garden is that for centuries the Korean people believed that going to the toilet was a cathartic experience and considered it to be highly spiritual.'
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
While I was supposed to be doing something much more pressing, Jonathan just handed me this print hot off the press - wow! It's a wood engraving less than one and a quarter inches square. He's getting ready for the next Artists at Home weekend, 6-9pm on Friday 17th June and 11am - 6pm on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June. Do come along.
Monday, 16 May 2011
Not the Essex so recently described as 'the only way' but the rather more pastoral and delightful Essex of Ravilious.
|Caravans, Eric Ravilious, © Estate of Eric Ravilious, All Rights Reserved, DACS|
Our visit to the Fry Gallery was sublime. The Ravilious paintings are so lovely and we discovered a book we had missed, Ravilious: Engravings by Jeremy Greenwood, published in 2008 by the Wood Lea Press.Mainstone Press Ravilious in Pictures trilogy, A Country Life. Our bookshelf groans a little more - thank goodness.
Monday, 9 May 2011
|Ties at Old Town|
|Jonathan's Ravilious inspired pattern paper, photographer Catherine Gratwicke|
Three cheers for Selvedge and Country Living.
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
|Fishing, wood engraving by Jonathan Mercer on show at Spring Fling|
|Dusk, Coniston Water, giclee print by Joanna Brendon on show at Spring Fling|
Over 25 artists (including Jonathan) - paintings, prints, sculpture, photos, ceramics, jewellery
An Eclectic Mix of International Musicians throughout the day
... and the Garden
Suggested donation £2.50
It's all on Sunday 22nd May, 2011, 11am - 6pm at 59 Emlyn Road, London W12 9TG.
We hope to see you there.
Monday, 2 May 2011
|Daisies are our Silver, Kate Fishenden, April 2011|
Daisies are our silver,
Buttercups our gold:
This is all the treasure
We can have or hold.
Apparently written by 'Jan Struther' the pseudonym of Joyce Maxtone Graham, 1901-1953, and author of Mrs Miniver.