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Harvest Festival

Time in the Studio – a Harvest Treat

It’s certainly turning chilly in the mornings this month, although we could be due another burst of summery weather, you never know! As the children go back to school, my mind turns to the last quarter of the year, the traditional Harvest festivities and what I’d still like to achieve in 2019.



I read somewhere once that “the law of harvest is to reap more than you sow – sow an act and you reap a habit.” I like this sentiment but it’s not always something I’m terribly good at! One habit I’d love to cultivate is spending more time in the studio to put my creative ideas into practice. Fitting workshops and exhibitions around family life can be a major juggling act and my precious studio time sometimes suffers.

But I’m determined to ‘sow an act and reap a habit’ this autumn. I took great inspiration from the Powertex tutors I mingled with at the Retreat in the summer and I visited other artists to learn new art forms so I have planned in some studio time to create samples and think about new ideas for workshops to offer in the future.

Some say that September is the new January and I really feel like it’s a time of new beginnings. With just a quarter of the year left, it concentrates the mind into thinking of what’s really important to achieve now and what will be great to plan into 2020. 

In my studio time, I hope to use the brand new Powertex silicon mould in one of my new ‘makes’. Taking inspiration from Native American art, the cow skull and flowers mould will be perfect for use on dreamcatchers and other craft projects. This new exciting mould and some new plaster moulds are available on the website now if you’d like to give something new a go.

I love the change in seasons at this time of year and I’m really looking forward to spending the week at Valley View, our Cornish cottage and art studio. Valley View is set in a wooded valley that falls away to the sea and the autumn colours will be starting to take over soon. I like nothing better than a walk through the woods, kicking and crunching the fallen leaves and watching the big breakers crashing onto the beach. These often deposit all sorts of interesting flotsam and jetsam with fascinating shapes and textures that I can use in my artwork or take inspiration from.

It will be glorious to experience Cornwall away from the throngs of summer and whether it’s a spell of Indian Summer or a misty chilly week, I can’t wait to share more Powertex workshops with visitors at the Valley View Studio in Lamorna and also at ‘Helston Makes It’ during the week of 22- 28 September. Check out the details of the Cornish and lots more workshops here.