Monday, 12 May 2014

Dulwich Festival Artists' Open House or Noseying in Other People's Homes

Happy Monday all, did you have a good weekend? We popped down to London town to see some friends in our old neck of the woods, and as luck would have it, it was the first weekend of Artist's Open House for the Dulwich Festival. So my friend and I ditched our husbands and children and popped off to take a look at a few. The art was, of course, fab, but I think there is nothing better than getting to see the inside of someones studio and workplace, they are as inspiring as the crafts and designs themselves.

Take a look:
images from Roddy and Ginger
Virginia from Roddy and Ginger lives in my dream house I think, with 5 floors of open space filled with mid-century finds. See a wonderful article on the house over in the Autumn 2013 edition of hearthome magazine here. And keep your eyes peeled for a feature from me on Roddy & Ginger in the coming weeks...

images from Sarah Hamilton Prints and Carlos Dominguez Photography

Sarah Hamilton designs her mid-century inspired prints from another divine home with light and windows to die for. See more about Sarah Hamilton's studio plus lovely pictures, over on Confessions of a Design Geek, who did a feature on her a little while ago. For the Open House weekend, she shared her home with Colour Lovin' favourites Mini Moderns, and Paul Craig, a photographer with some stunning land and cityscapes. Sadly she's not opening next weekend, but you can view all her products on the links above (I particularly love the pencil drawings) - and mark her house down for next year!

image: Mini Moderns

The Open House event is on again next weekend, 17/18th May, I highly recommend you go and have a mooch (ours was more of a dash between downpours) around South East London.
Download the brochure here

My picks for some studios worth visiting:

Roddy & Ginger
20 Woodsyre, Sydenham Hill SE26 6SS
Craft & design; illustration; prints; textiles

Jo Lewis
6 Woodsyre, Sydenham Hill SE26 6SS
Fine art - Exquisite watercolours!

The Montage
33 Dartmouth Road SE23 3HN
Ceramics; fine art; prints

Havelock Walk Studios
152 Havelock Walk SE23 3HG
17 different artists with a diverse range in one place

Lisa Levis
11b Wood Vale SE23 3DS
Craft & design from Lisa Levis (nee Stickley) with her new brand Betty and Walter

Bainbridge Studios
1 Sydenham Place SE27 0AR
(off Lansdowne Hill)
Fine art; prints; textiles from several artists, plus screenprinting workshops running.

Julia McKenzie
77 Roxburgh Road SE27 0LE
Fine art; prints and papercuts inspired bythe fragility of the natural world

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