Silk scarves at the Cressida Bell open studio
Quote of the week: ‘Odd how the creative power at once brings the whole universe to order.’ – Virginia Woolf
It’s been a lovely, if incredibly busy, seven days! I can’t believe I was attending a wedding dress rehearsal this time last week, and spent a lovely day on Saturday being a bridesmaid and seeing two of my best friends getting married. The week has flown by since then, but has left me with a lot to be thankful for, especially:
-Getting to attend the Cressida Bell open studio in Hackney. I first discovered Cressida Bell’s work when I visited Charleston a couple of years ago and fell in love with her beautiful silk scarves hanging in the gift shop. I bought one for my mum, who was thrilled, and got one of her gorgeous lamp stands and shades for my flat. As the granddaughter of Vanessa Bell, the influence of the Bloomsbury Group is clearly shown in Cressida’s work, and I love her bold use of colour and the symmetry to her designs. It felt such a privilege to get a glimpse into her studio and to chat with her a little about her work. I shall be doing a proper post about it all next week, but the open studio is still running over the weekend, so if you get a chance do drop by. It was honestly such a fun experience, and there are some stunning scarves, cushions, lampshades and wash-bags for sale (many are seconds so are a reduced price), as well as utterly charming Christmas cards. It’s the perfect place to start off your Christmas shopping, and offers a fascinating insight into an artist’s studio.
-Enjoying the thrill of a lovely surprise. I’m terribly excited that I’m going to meet another favourite artist, Emily Sutton, over the weekend! My Mum planned a surprise trip to Yorkshire for me, and I’ll get to attend Emily’s exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which I’ve been dying to see, and I’ll also be doing this workshop with Emily which I’m sure will be fabulous. I can’t wait to be able to tell you all about it next week!
-Having time to pursue my own creative endeavours. I’m so very, very thankful that this year I have so much more time to follow my own interests in writing and photography. This blog is proving to be a wonderful creative outlet, but I’m also looking forward to getting back to some knitting and sewing that I’ve long neglected.
I hope you have all had a lovely week and have a wonderful weekend ahead. I’m so excited that next week will see the start of December and the countdown to Christmas! I’m itching to put my newly created Christmas itunes playlist on constant repeat!