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No, not the wine, sadly,  just the town! A few photos from a brief stopover en route to our twin town of Voiron recently.          

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Piroska Horváth [Austria]

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Piroska Horváth is a Hungarian artist who works and lives in Austria. Her art is mostly inspired by nature – her paintings bursting with colours, applied on the surface often in thick layers. Piroska sent us…

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Marbling in Malvern!

An entertaining afternoon at Malvern Hills College on the creative bookmaking course – trying out a traditional Chinese ink marbling technique.

A simple but engaging process and somewhat random but pleasing results.

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Self Portrait 2018

Why not join in?

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New year, new mail art project!

         past, present, future and wannabe self
[other-pair-of-eyes self, mum’s-wish self, socially-acceptable self, if-only self,
before-I-met-you self, selfish self, the-best-of self, naughty self, clever self,
silly self, good-deed self, ignorant self, stubborn self…]

After a very successful 2017 exhibition, with a large number of submissions arrived and my fear that gallery space allocated to the project won’t be enough big, I am glad to announce that the new Droitwich Mail Art project is on now. The theme is Self Portrait [past, present, future and wannabe self] and the artists are invited to look at their mirrors (real or imagined) and create the picture of themselves, as they are or wish to be, or how they looked once upon the time. Here are few important notes:

poster 1Theme: Self Portrait
Technique: Any [except videos and 3D]
Format: please choose A6 [10cm…

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Sourdough – what’s in a name?

Hear, hear.

The Idiot Baker

Once upon a time I’d never even heard of sourdough. In fact, I was middle-aged by the time I did, and I only heard of it because I started making my own bread. Funny thing is, that for most of man’s civilised existence on the planet, that’s what bread generally was. Or if it was bread and wasn’t sourdough, it was by definition a flatbread!

Explained at its simplest level, sourdough is bread that is naturally leavened. No baker’s yeast, just a form of wild yeast. If you’re a bread baker, you start off with either an original culture of your own, or you are given some by a friend and you then nurture it. Basically, it’s a pet, but one of the few you can eat without people getting upset.

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A bright February day at the farm.

The farm is the headquarters of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. These are a few phone snaps from a wander round the farm on the cusp between winter and spring.

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Books as Art

Yesterday was the first session of a creative bookmaking course (Anna Yevtukh’s 10-week Books as Art incorporating mixed media) at Malvern Hills College. I had been on a day’s workshop with the tutor there and thoroughly enjoyed that, though to be fair, like most crafts, it doesn’t exactly play to my strengths! I decided to sign up as it’s always good to have a new challenge, and had a great first day starting to produce a small keepsake or scrapbook album. Here’s the rather lovely example piece for the first workshop that we were shown…


..and we were shown some more examples of tasks we shall have over the next few weeks to develop some basic skills before starting our own short project.


Inspired by these, we promptly set to folding our pages and creating the bindings for our own miniature albums.

We didn’t finish but progress was made and we shall bind the books next week. I went home tired from concentrating and slightly sticky (I obviously didn’t do enough Blue Peter ‘makes’ as a child and remain hopelessly inept with scissors, knives and particularly glue!) but very happy and thrilled out of all proportion to have created the makings of a proper book from scratch!


Cover of my album showing end papers and the ‘pocket’ pages ready to go…


The front cover and the pages ready to go in. So chuffed!

Now to develop some ideas for the project…



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Twelfth Night Blues

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    And today….  

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Just some phonecam fun…

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Preserving the past: the salty histories of Droitwich

Bag of Droitwich salt, sourced from local brine springs.

Droitwich is producing salt again – Churchfields Saltworks.

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