Well, that was October…
The month began with an inspiring visit to our local National Trust property for Victoria and her partner Rich, Tynesfield. A gothic revival Victorian home of built by guano merchants. The house is well preserved even though it only recently came into the ownership of the NT, so the decor is very authentic, ‘it reminds me of my degree project about the beauty found in the ageing process- with a focus on patterns. I loved all the wallpapers!’
Introducing Mr Albert Sausage… Bec has added to her family with little Albert who will accompany her most days to the shop. He already loves all the attention he receives from people that see him, he is so cute. As a mini Dachshund he will always be small. He loves to find a sunny spot and sleep! 'He has a slightly cheeky personality loving laces running under and around everything, and around everything, and sitting at my feet with those puppy dog eyes staring up for a cheeky snuggle'
Our variety of workshops this month included Watercolour Brush Lettering with Harriet. There was deep concentration in the studio as everyone came to grips with lettering techniques. Harriet's demonstrations delivered a modern look to a traditional skill, inspiring the participants to continue practising to continue practising at home.
We also hosted one of our favourite Treasure Box workshops. Each box was different and so personal, with value attached to each small item that have memories associated with them, they become ' treasures'. It was particularly nice at this workshop to see the end results.
Vic and Bec went to Bath, to an Annie Sloan book signing for new book, Paint Everything! Annie was sharing a new message- to give it a go, you might be surprised by the result but- it just works! Try on any surface and work in a creative way with the imperfections. Try and make your projects led more by personally and individual style than trends.
She also spoke about mixing colours, so achievable with Annie Sloan paint as the colours are made from pure, saturated pigments and with no base of black they don’t just get darker and muddier when mixed. The paint is so versatile because if this, and the many techniques to achieve different looks, many of which are included in the book to inspire new thinking. Annie describes her paint as ‘sympathetic to its surrounds, soft and velvety’. Looking through the book, there are lots of new things to try, using it with fabric is very tempting…
‘Annie is very personable, she remembers each stockist and is so friendly and down to Earth. She was very encouraging about Nineteen and interested in our background and art degree, to learn how we’ve found our style and how we use this. We were keen to share our particular enthusiasm for one of her new colours: Amsterdam Green and how we can't wait to start painting in it!’