More News About My Third Lung

Biologically impossible, I know, but my Dad has always called Richmond Park his third lung.  If you live close to London and spend much of your time struggling with the volume of people, the traffic, the fumes and all the other things that living near a big city involves – as well as all the great bonuses such as galleries, events, courses and so on – then having Richmond Park on your doorstep is a truly wonderful plus point.  I treasure it so much and its conservation is of considerable importance to me.

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The inside of this vessel is decorated with images which remind me of the life in and around the brook.

It was with that thought in mind that I arranged with the park manager to make a few pieces using material from the park and selling them for its benefit: 50% of all sales proceeds is donated to the Friends of Richmond Park for their use in conservation projects.  Having sold the first one at Kew Gardens during Handmade it was with great pleasure that I presented the Friends with a cheque for £300.  In response they posted a link to my website in their newsletter and on Facebook.  The result has been dramatic!  I am enjoying peak viewings on my website and have had a number of requests for similar vessels.  Given that I am short of work ready to sell during the Open Studios, which starts in less than a week, I had already decided that I would keep my space as more studio than gallery and would make Beverley Brook vessels throughout the weekend, as a kind of ongoing demonstration.  It seems that this is a good plan because, if activity and enquiries are anything to go by, I am going to need a couple!

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A new Beverley Brook vessel is already under construction.

At the moment I have one, slightly smaller one which is half finished so it looks as though I am going to be a bit busy before, during and after the show and that the coffers of the Friends of Richmond Park are in for a boost.

 

 

Did you miss me?

It seems that you did – I have had the most activity on my website this week that I have had for many months.  Were you all hanging on to know what has been going on?

The truth is that I have been hard at it all week trying to get work ready for Kew Gardens.  I want to have a really good body of work and, whilst it was all under construction before my trip to Canada, the finishing is a lengthy process.  I have no images of work yet because I didn’t want to do snap shots and it has been more important to get the work ready.

I am particularly looking forward to responses to my ‘piece de resistance’ though: the Beverly Brook vessel.  Beverley Brook runs through Richmond Park, one of my favorite places on earth.  My Dad calls it his third lung!   Poets Corner, within the gardens of Pembroke Lodge was restored partly with money collected in memory of my mum.  I grew up ‘in the park’: on long walks in the company of a procession of family dogs; horse riding; pond dipping; making dens; climbing trees; yes, OK, I was always a bit of a tom-boy.

So I gives me a huge sense of excitement to be able to make with material from the park which was give to me, by permission of the management, when they were restoring the brook.  It is my plan to have one large piece for sale at Kew and I have agreed with the Park that 50% of the proceeds of the sale will go to the  Friends of Richmond Park for use on a project of their choosing.

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Beverley Brook in Winter. 

http://www.richmondparklondon.co.uk/walks/beverleybrookwalk.html