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Buy handmade Christmas gifts and decorations direct from the makers

While 2020 has not been the most conducive to creating art, Wessex Guild members have not been thwarted and have been busy in their studios and workshops making unique Christmas gifts and Christmas decorations that are sure to bring a smile this festive season. ...
Meet the Maker: Painter Karen Frampton

Meet the Maker: Painter Karen Frampton

In this regular feature we speak to one of the members of the Wessex Guild to find out a bit more about them and their craft, techniques and inspirations. How did you start doing your craft? What inspired you? I have always drawn and painted. At school, Art was my...

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Meet the Maker: Teddy Bear Artist Pauline Collison

Meet the Maker: Teddy Bear Artist Pauline Collison

In this regular feature we speak to one of the members of the Wessex Guild to find out a bit more about them and their craft, techniques and inspirations. How did you start doing your craft? What inspired you? I have always been interested in sewing. Knowing this, my...

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Buy unique art and craft in Hampshire and the South Coast

Buy unique art and craft in Hampshire and the South Coast

There is no doubt that 2020 has proved difficult for artists and craftspeople, with the majority of the events they rely on for sales cancelled or postponed because of COVID-19. However, they are fighting back and finding innovative ways to share their creativity....

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Meet the Maker: pen maker Ron Caddy

Meet the Maker: pen maker Ron Caddy

In this regular feature we speak to one of the members of the Wessex Guild to find out a bit more about them and their craft, techniques and inspirations. How did you start doing your craft? What inspired you? In 1989 my wife gave me a Christmas gift of a weekend...

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Come to Christine’s Art House summer event

Come to Christine’s Art House summer event

Among the 45 local artists and craftspeople taking part at the Christine’s Art House event in Romsey this August and September are Wessex Guild members Elizabeth Saunders and Ashley James. This will be a great opportunity to see and buy unique, handmade artworks, all...

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Southampton Uni art and craft fair 2020 cancelled

Southampton Uni art and craft fair 2020 cancelled

A further victim of the coronavirus in 2020 is the normally popular Southampton University Christmas art, craft and gift fair, which was due to be held at the end of November. This cancellation is a further blow to artists and craftspeople, who have had so many of...

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Meet the Maker: basketmaker Louise Brown

Meet the Maker: basketmaker Louise Brown

In this regular feature we speak to one of the members of the Wessex Guild to find out a bit more about them and their craft, techniques and inspirations. How did you start doing your craft? What inspired you?I started basketmaking on a whim, seeing an adult education...

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The Garden Show at Loseley Park

The Garden Show at Loseley Park

Against a backdrop of postponed and cancelled events so far this year, it is exciting to be able to confirm that the Garden Show at Loseley Park, near Guildford in Surrey, will be going ahead this month, from 24th to 26th July. The show will feature a great mix of...

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The journey of a mixed media commission

The journey of a mixed media commission

Textile supremo Sheila Barrow was commissioned to create a bespoke artwork for a special gift. Here she explains how this piece came together, revealing its development in the series of images you see here. Sheila and many of our members enjoy making exclusive art and...

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Meet the Maker: glass artist Dorothy Borland

Meet the Maker: glass artist Dorothy Borland

In this regular feature we speak to one of the members of the Wessex Guild to find out a bit more about them and their craft, techniques and inspirations. How did you start doing your craft? What inspired you?I have always done lots of different crafts, ranging from...

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Hampshire Open Studios 2020 cancelled

Hampshire Open Studios 2020 cancelled

It is probably not a big surprise to learn that another major event in the annual arts calendar has had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus, COVID-19. This time it is the popular Hampshire Open Studios event. This year was to have been a bumper year, with a...

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Meet the Maker: potter Jo Berryman

Meet the Maker: potter Jo Berryman

In this regular feature we speak to one of the members of the Wessex Guild to find out a bit more about them and their craft, techniques and inspirations. How did you start doing your craft? What inspired you?I was trained and worked as an Occupational Therapist and...

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