Its funny how you can live somewhere for years , yet still find new places to explore. So, given a slightly showery July day, I headed to somewhere I had never explored: the Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington. I’ll admit, I didn’t know what Framework Knitters even meant. Maybe that was the reason I hadn’t got round to going. Read more
My knowledge of dance consists of watching several series worth of Strictly Come Dancing, one trip to the ballet and learning the moves to Whigfields ‘Saturday Night’ at school (if you have no idea what this is, YouTube it, it will give you a laugh if nothing else). So when my friend April suggested watching a contemporary dance performance of Scattered by Motionhouse at the Nottingham Playhouse, I had nothing to base any expectations on, but I said yes anyway. Read more
I had a lovely Sunday with my friend April last weekend, visiting Lustre and Handmade Nottingham, two excellent craft fairs in Nottingham. The world of craft fairs is varied, from small fairs held at church halls and community centres, through markets by local craft makers and artists to high end events featuring nationally recognised makers. I love the variation of work on display but most or all, I love the people. I really enjoy talking to other makers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their products and genuinely want to meet the people who buy them. As a maker myself, I love seeing people being drawn to my jewellery and asking me about it. Read more
Most people have heard of Leonardo da Vinci. Most will think of the Mona Lisa. But for me, its his drawings that capture the imagination. His sketches and technical drawings have a character and delicacy that just fascinates me. Da Vinci was one of the first artists whose work captured me, and it still does. Nottingham Castle is one of four venues across the UK and Ireland that is playing host to a touring exhibition of ten drawings from the Royal Collection. The drawings show the variety of da Vinci’s interests and curious nature, spanning anatomy, map making and engineering to botanicals.
I moved to Nottingham for University in 2002 and I’m still here 14 years later! (eek! that makes me feel old!) I love it because it is small but busy, friendly and brilliantly located to get to other parts of the UK. But mostly, I love the creativity that goes on on in this city: a thriving art and craft scene, an annual fashion week and lots of creative businesses and companies. So this is my own personal guide to places to visit here in Nottingham, with heavy emphasis on the cultural and creative side of the city, but is by no means an exhaustive list. There may be a bias towards places with good cafes too. Read more
Most city centres at night aren’t exactly family friendly, especially on a Friday. But city councils all over the UK are trying to produce events that encourage families to stay in the city after dark and to brighten up the dismal winter evenings. Nottingham has been putting on Light Night every February for the past 9 years, with the city attractions open late and buildings lit up, and special activities across the city.
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.
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.
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.