Today was Day 1 of the annual Peacock Art Trail, so Little Jake and I decided to spend the day together and trail around the various artists studios and galleries. I had already picked out the studios that i wanted to visit but let him decide in which order we would visit them. It was so much fun, getting lost, exploring and visiting amazing places together.
We started in Box.
and then went over to Holt.
My highlight of the day must be Emma Leith.
The first time I met and bought from Emma was a couple of years ago at a local event near our home. She had some lovely mosaic kits that I then got for my children, who were about 5 years old. They absolutely loved them and in fact, still have them in their bathroom.
Anyway, it was such a lovely surprise walking into her studio and realised that we had already met. I hadn’t intended to visit her studio but happened to stumble across it by accident. I really liked her work a couple of years ago but now I just love it. Being in her studio/workshop was just amazing. All those wonderful things that she has created ! Talk about multi talented and super crafty. Truly inspiring.
Links to some of my favourites:
Kirtsy Lockwood – Upholstery, Curtains and soft-furnishings. If you need a favourite chair or sofa upholstered, she is your lady ! Kirsty also holds workshops.
Jewellery in Box – Handmade jewellery. Commissions welcome.
Kaz Lammie Creative – Children’s illustrator and printmaker.
Jane Johnson – Quirky, fun ceramic sculptures. Great gifts ! The only artist i bought from today actually …
Kate Westcott – Beautiful and bold screen prints on textiles. She also holds workshops near Bath, where you get to design and make your own screen to take home. This has now been added to my to-learn list !
Karen Skeates – Wonderfully delicate felted pictures of British animals and hand-dyed textiles. Very lovely lady.
Emma Leith Atelier – Felting, mosaic, papier mache, felting and so much more. So many colours and such wonderful textures ! Apart from great Paper Pet kits, Emma also holds workshops for both kids and adults. I am already planning to hold little Maya’s next birthday party there …. mainly because i want to be back in that wonderfully colourful and inspiring space !
The Peacock Arts Trail is on 3 – 11 October. Well worth a visit if you are near Wiltshire, to discover and meet wonderful artists and makers.