Friday, 18 November 2016

All that Glitters Could Be Tinsel

 Just when you thought the Circus Acts wagons had left town, the sequel event, Tinsel Town, can be seen glittering on the horizon and we can't wait to take part!

This unique event will not only be an exhibition/market of work by some very splendid makers indeed but it will also involve a series of creative workshops. A great opportunity to buy unique gifts and the chance to have a go at making some yourself too. 
In this post we'll concentrate on telling you about the workshops on offer. Bookings are already being taken so if you'd like to take part (bring a friend, make it a pre-Christmas treat), it's best to book early.  Here's what you need to know. 

Monday 12th December 10am-3.30pm: 'Tinsel Town Teacups: a hand stitched Winter landscape' with Kathleen Murphy of Murgatroyd & Bean     *FULL*
"During this workshop you will create a miniature 3D scene of a Wintery, woodland landscape atop a china teacup, using wool felts, fabric scraps and embroidery. Decorated with trees, gingerbread cottages, snowmen or tiny baubles, these dinky scenes would make a great Christmas table decoration heirloom or gift and are also useful as pincushions. Teacups will be provided but you're very welcome to bring along a treasured teacup of your own to use." 
Skill level: Intermediate Some previous handstitch knowledge helpful.
£50 per person. Includes materials, refreshments and a light lunch 

To book contact: or call 07971 684573 

Tuesday 13th December 10am-3.30pm: 'Tinsel Town Wrap' with Chrissie Pritchard (Bradley's) and Kate Hickson
"A day of fun and creativity - we'll help you cut some of your favourite, Christmas images in Lino so that you can then block print your own wrapping paper and print cards on our book press. Previous experience would be useful, but beginners can expect to learn a new skill as well as come away with some beautiful, one-off designs."   
£45 per person to include materials, refreshments & a light lunch
To book contact or call 07724 554 290

Wednesday 14th December 10am-1pm: 'Tinsel Town Baubles' with Chrissie Pritchard (Bradley's
"A multi-media workshop for people of all abilities. Fill a selection of baubles with, well, whatever you like! Choose from our own selection of materials or bring your own trinkets to create baubles that will give your tree a new look for 2016. Alternatively, use the opportunity to make a present that truly won't be on the high street."
 £25 per person, to include materials and refreshments

To book contact or call 07724 554 290

All workshops will take place at the Tinsel Town venue, 3 Newbury Terrace, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1AY  

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Make A Mask With Us

This weekend we will be running one of our favourite workshops, mask making, at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester. It's a chance to use creative handstitch to make a wearable piece of textile art which will definitely get you noticed! 
There are a couple of places left if you would like to join us?  Bookings are made directly through the gallery HERE. 
Here's what else you need to know...  

Saturday 22nd October 2016
 'Wild About the Eyes' Mask Making 

Join Kathleen as she shows you how to make a handstitched, highly decorative, fabric half-mask with a beastly character. Taking inspiration from the vibrant tales and customs of European folklore and the flamboyant masks worn by Kathleen's hand embroidered Silva Populi creatures, these eye-catching masks are made to be worn but would also look great when framed.
Intermediate level: suitable for those with some previous hand sewing experience.  
10am-4.00pm Book directly through venue HERE  
Venue: New Brewery Arts
Brewery Court, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1JH 

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Elmslie House Designer Maker Market Sunday 16th October 2016

We shall be at this beautiful venue tomorrow between 10.30am - 4.30pm. 
We will be in the esteemed and talented company of artists such as painter Mariette Voke, Lois Parker Glass, Lindsay Mann Jewellery, taxidermist & decoupage artist Jo Verity, metalsmith Claudia Petley, Kate Brazier Illustration and many more. 
It really is a great line up. It would be fantastic if you could join us.

There will be Silva Populi looking for new homes...

Friday, 16 September 2016

Craft Open West Midlands 2016

An exciting piece of news for us is that we've been selected to be an exhibitor in the first Craft Open to be held in the West Midlands. This inaugural exhibition, incorporating a spectrum of craft disciplines, will take place at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, opening tomorrow, Saturday 17th September, at 11am. To celebrate, the opening includes a day full of craft activities for the whole family between 11am-3pm so why not join us?   
If you can't get along tomorrow the exhibition runs until 6th November. 
Click on the link to find out more HERE

Saturday, 20 August 2016


Stitching a ruff: work in progress on a series of brooches for next month's Circus Acts event.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Roll Up, Roll Up!

Cor! Here you see the splendid poster for our next exhibition, Circus Acts, hot off the press. It has been designed and printed by the exhibition curator, Kate Hickson, at Tilley Letterpress Printing and what a beauty it is!

Circus Acts is going to be a unique two-day event of colour, curiosity and delight as an eclectic band of makers come together; from printmakers to animators, poets to needlesmiths. From the visual to the aural, there will be things to see, handle and taste. The added frisson is that all of this will not take place in a gallery but in a domestic setting. It will all happen in the Herefordshire home of the curator in Ledbury over 10th - 11th September. 
The inspiration for the event's title was drawn from a series of photographs of circus life in the early C20th which were traced back to the Taschen publication, 'The Circus 1870's-1950's' by Noel Daniel. 
We've taken inspiration from this tome ourselves in the past. One of our Silva Populi Lepus had a lilac and pink headdress influenced by this photograph from the book. 
With such a rich source of inspiration we're working on a number of pieces for the event, the smallest of which you can see in the work-in-progress photo' below. If you'd like to see what the other makers are up to why not join the Circus Acts page on Facebook HERE.

We'll keep you posted with our own progress and give you a reminder when the exhibition is about to open.

Proceeds from refreshments will go to Ledbury Refugee Support

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

A Group Gathered

It's the mid-way point for the Group Gathering exhibition at Unit Twelve in Stafford which reminded us that we had some photo's to share from the show's celebration which took place on 2nd July. 
It was a smashing afternoon, the sun shone and the Summer dresses were out in force. The event was hosted by the very lovely Jennifer Collier, an award winning artist who has her studio based there and who is also the driving force behind Unit Twelve Gallery. If you're not already aware of Jennifer's work please follow the link HERE to find out more. Jennifer is one of several artists who have studios at Unit Twelve so in addition to viewing the current exhibition you are also welcome to visit the artists and see what they are currently working on.

Don't forget you still have until Saturday 27th August to visit the exhibition. 

Apologies for the quality of the photo's, the old point 'n shoot camera was suffering in the heat!
L-R: Christine Kelly Gentlework, The Human Murgatroyd & Bean, Mariette Voke, Karen Shapley & Viv Sliwka Hensteeth
'15 1/2'by Viv Sliwka. It's great to see The Shirt Collar Project on display once more.

'The Shop @Unit Twelve': A tribe of Silva Populi waiting to be re-homed in the very good company of pieces by Karen Shapley, Ali Ferguson & Mariette Voke.  With accompanying pieces by Alice Fox, Ella Robinson, Angie Hughes & Anya Keeley. It's worth knowing that some of the project pieces are now also for sale.

Daphne's Glove pieces by Sarah Burford Curious Pip, Tamsin Abbott, Claire A Baker & our very own Tanbury Phenda piece
Summer had arrived! Vintage prints, florals and warm yellow shades

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