We're starting this year with a 'Meet the artist' feature about each of our members - we hope this feature gives you an insight to the work each of our members do and why they do it. Our first member under the spotlight is Helen Rushton who is based in High Littleton.
Also we're starting to plan for our second Spring Sale & Exhibition which will be at the start of May - we'll be at Camerton Village Hall.
The Art Trail 2014 pages now have more photos of the event and remember to have a look at our facebook page.
Meet the artist; Helen Rushton
What is your background/ where are you based?
I was born and brought up in Bristol and as a teenager, spent my time either on boats or in the countryside. So my love of the countryside developed at an early age. I lived in Chewton Mendip at the edge of a wood for 20 years and moved to High Littleton 15 years ago to be a carer for an elderly relative. Having to be at home gave me time for my crafts of spinning, weaving, dyeing, feltmaking and willow weaving.
When and how did you get started in your art/ craft?
My parents were both artistic and as children we were encouraged to be creative. I used to knit and sew clothes for my toys. About 28 years ago I was interested in evening classes at the Blue School in Wells. I noticed there was one for Spinning Weaving and Dyeing, the next day I saw an advert in Wells for a spinning wheel and everything fell into place!!
The classes were run by Mary Stanbridge, a very talented lady and I loved every minute. From there I joined the Somerset Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers.
Mary came to the class one evening, wearing an amazing felt hat, she made it at a workshop with Ama Bolton. I went to Ama's next workshop and completely fell in love with feltmaking, which became my main passion. I ran feltmaking classes for 10 years
What inspires you?
Colour and texture inspire me, I love the colours of nature, the flowers in gardens, sunsets, butterfly wings and bright clashing colours.
What are your aspirations as an artist for the coming months/years?
I want to concentrate on improving my weaving, textile and willow.
What is your most memorable piece of work and why?
My most memorable piece was an 8 shaft block weave double cloth rug. It was a nightmare to set up the loom and the weaving took forever, but I was pleased with it in the end.
What hints and tips woud you give to fellow artists?
Join guilds, workshops with like minded people. Visit craft fairs and exhibitions. Never be afraid to try something new, even if I doesn't work, you will still have learnt something.
As I tell people that come to my workshops... JUST TRY IT AND SEE
Dates for your diary
The Cam Valley Arts Trail Group AGM is on
Thursday 19th March 2015
7pm at Clutton Village Hall, Venus Lane
Clutton BS39 5SP
Spring Exhibition & Sale
Saturday 2nd May
Camerton Village Hall
Further details to follow. Members wishing to book a pitch should contact Karen via the contacts page.
Coming soon -
In the new year we'll be producing a newsletter which will be emailed out to all members each month. It's an opportunity for members to let each other know what they are doing and for the committee to update everyone about upcoming events they may like to be involved in. For details contact Karen via the contact page.
Enjoyed the trail and would like to be a part of future events?
We'd still love you to get involved either as a supporter in which case do send us your contact details and we'll email you about all our events or for you to join our group as an artist member.
To become a member or if you have any queries do get in touch via our contact sheet. or download the membership application form.
We look forward to you joining our events.