MAY 2021

The feedback was great.  

900 people over the course of 9 days at Watlington ArtWeeks.  I met and chatted with as many as possible.  I met a man who works with stained glass and who was extremely excited that he’s got a pokeberry plant in his garden.  It gives a bright pink and is well known for its’ vibrancy, it’s not a common plant here, hence his excitement.  He said he’d get me a cutting.  I had a fantastic conversation with a lady who was extremely interested in the crossover between art and science, we exchanged book references, and it turns out her husband is one of the hedge surveying team.  Many of the exhibiting artists were interested in using natural pigments in their work.  One of the illustrators wants to start using my inks in her work, or learning how to make her own.  I had a lot of interest in ink making demos and workshops.  Nigel Adams, our hedge expert, came to see the exhibition and he and fellow hedge surveyor, climate action member, and exhibiting artist, Andrea Brewer, had a long conversation about a double hedge system, cutting it down at different times to preserve wildlife corridors whilst maintaining the health of the hedge.  I had some great feedback from an architect who suggested I should get in touch with the Royal British Society of Architects regarding my brick samples, and the YouTube video has had over 500 views.  We conducted a survey for the artsHUB which, as an overall impression, burst with enthusiasm and support for the setting up of studio space and facilities for artists.  Watch this space…