Thank you to everyone who came along to the Wessex Guild’s annual exhibition at the lovely Sir Harold Hillier Gardens between 30 June and 13 July 2022.
A total of 16 members took part over the two weeks, with a changeover between the first and second weeks so that regular visitors to the Gardens could see all the different art and craft on offer.
This year, we hired some very smart white display panels with built-in tables, which gave a professional aura to the whole show. This meant that, for the first time, we were able to hang a lot more work at eye level.
In the first week visitors could see textile work ranging from handbags made from Harris Tweed to intricate stitched landscapes of flowers and woodlands, digital art based on unique designs, original stained glass wall art and small pieces, contemporary paintings featuring a feel of the sea, individually turned pens, large and bold ceramic dishes, plus detailed art pictures featuring local scenery.
In the second week there was a fresh display of handmade pottery, hand-woven baskets made using traditional techniques, new textile designs, including covered books and bright bird and animal pictures, colourful fused glass creations, plus organic ceramic art inspired by the seaside, along with leather bags and accessories.
Despite Wimbledon being on at the same time, sales were healthy and higher than the previous year.
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens covers 180 acres in Romsey, Hampshire, and is well worth a visit – preferably when the Wessex Guild of Craftsmen is exhibiting there in Summer 2023!