Positivity and Inspiration at Blogtacular 2018

Positivity and Inspiration at Blogtacular 2018

When people ask why I go to Blogtacular each year, the one reason I always give is that I love the intense burst of positivity. There is something about having so many creative people in one place, all cheering each other on, all rooting for each other to succeed and helping one another out, that is almost dizzying. Something magical happens when so many creatives converge for the sole purpose of being inspired and learning, and Blogtacular is the best example of this that I have experienced.

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Sherwood Art Week 2014

Sherwood Art Week 2014

I love that each year, my little corner of Nottingham has a whole week dedicated to art and craft. Sherwood Art Week creates such a wonderful creative community spirit that is so rare to find so near to a city.
On the first Saturday, the main street had been yarn bombed, with the highlight definitely being the bicycle from my friends at Sherwood W.I.

yarnboming collage

Then that afternoon was the Sherwood Craft Fair, a great range of makers, artists and food producers, all from in or near Sherwood. The quality of stuff being produced in the area always amazes me! There were bands playing, kids activities and the sun even shone.

Sherwood craft fair 2014

Throughout the week, many of the shops on Mansfield Road display art and craft in their windows, effectively turning the shop windows into one huge art gallery. I had some of my jewellery in one window last year.
This is just a small selection of the great work on display. Again, the variety of techniques, disciplines and styles on display was wonderful.

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Star Wars Illustration by Dominic Murray and  Painting by Ingrid Bee 
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Felted Animals by Made by Sasha and Embroidery by Wild Goose Designs 
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Mixed Media Art Dolls by Nick Tedd 
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