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‘Start by not knowing’, the Dove Arts artists’ residency in June, turned into ‘SixUnravel’ for the presentation of our work. Here is some of it.

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Bird Masks by Sophie Willoughby and modelled by the public

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Shannon Leah Watson’s workshop ‘Can you teach me how to knit’ – dishcloths made from torn up charity shop pillowcases (Sue Palmer’s video on the screen)

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Kathryn John’s signpost, which bemuses the dog walkers that come through on the footpath,

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Fiona Hingston’s ‘Wigwork’; on the left as featured in Sue Palmer’s video, and right, modeled by one of the knitters….

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Sue Palmer’s video ‘Who is this, who is coming?’

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and Bron Bradshaw’s Tree Guardian.

Also on the meadow: the extraordinary Treehouse Library, finished in the nick of time,  with its display of specially commissioned books

 

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Welcome to Amazing Space III, the third Biennial Arts and Crafts event at Dove Studios. There’s a great deal to see: in the studios there is work by Mike Dodd (pottery), Sandie Roche (handwoven textiles), Diana Milstein (painting, and a moving image painting), and Robin Frood (Mokuhanga prints). Outside, on the meadow, Bronwen Bradshaw, Fiona Hingston, Kathryn John, Sue Palmer, Shannon Leah Watson and Sophie Willoughby display some of the work that resulted from their collaborative residency earlier in the year. And – at last! the Tree House Library is up and running, housing 25 artists’ books that celebrate this small but happening corner of Somerset.

Come to our Open Evening on 28th September, 5 – 8 pm, with a performance in the Tree Circle of Ama Bolton’s collection of poems ‘A Conference of Trees’ and music by Maya Love and Bron Bradshaw. After the performance Paul Stubbs will fire up his pizza oven, and drinks will be available. Parking this evening will be on the adjacent field ‘Wild Lea’; watch out for signs to the entrance in Barton Road. Also, bring a folding chair if you need one for the performance, which takes around 30 – 40 minutes, and a torch to help you find your way home!

Workshops and events: Shannon will be in the Door House on the meadow on Sunday 22nd September and Saturday 5th October with her drop in workshop ‘Can you teach me how to knit?’ The last weekend of SAW will see an ongoing workshop in the meadow: ‘Draw the Trees’, with all materials provided.

We hope to see you here!Dove Meadow September 2019

 

 

 

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Faye’s apple blossom sketches

Easter Sunday, and artist Faye Suzannah and dog Mango came to stay for a week’s residency in the Door House. The perfect week to choose, with blossom bursting out all over, as here in the Whitefield

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Happy dog

and here on the ash trees (sorry, not blossom: embryos already! A fecund tree)

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Ash trees getting on with the business of procreation

Other artists were attracted to the Nature bounty that is going on:

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Corinne sketching in the Dove Meadow

Meanwhile Faye was making excursions into a poly tunnel

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A tropical world, and it’s just next door.

where she sketched the flag irises (not often you find a pond in a poly tunnel) and became intrigued by the entwined fig branches

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Figs and Flags by Faye

while I was mesmerised by a falling peach blossom that never made it to the ground:

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Frozen in time

On the following Saturday it was Artists’ Book Club Dove day in my studio, and after discussing our current book theme ‘Repetition’, we drew a new topic for the month ahead out of the pot: ‘Tracks’. Which made me think of the animal tracks running through the flowers on the Whitefield, so we made our way round there after lunch; across Wild Lea (which I wanted to call Broad Lea because it is always broad whichever way you look at it and therefore in need of a panoramic photo. The Dove used to be known as Broad Moor farm not so long ago and you can see why from this photo)

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Broad Lea? Getting wilder, anyway

The sheep have been ‘borrowed’ from a nearby farmer: they are large, and so I’m told, prize-winning Charolais sheep that are grazing the tough rye grasses that were planted on this field over the past few years. But new grasses are appearing fast, and we are hoping for a gradual change to meadow grasses and flowers. Then into the Whitefield with its glorious carpet of cowslips (a cowslippy year, said a friend).

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Making tracks through the Whitefield

Back to base via the Dove Meadow, where Clare hopped like a bird onto Olivia’s ‘perch”. This little platform that we put up last year is to be the start of the Tree house project starting this coming Saturday, 6th May, places still available in the enthusiastic group that is forming around this venture…come and join us in the trees!

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First venture back into the trees