Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Open Studios 2012-A Great Weekend!

Open Studios 2012 was a huge success! We had such a busy weekend and enjoyed every minute of it.
We had over 400 visitors to the studio over the weekend. Thank you to everyone who came along.
Here are a few photos of our studio space for those who were too far away to visit.

Many people ask me why I don't use this as a studio throughout the year and the simple answer is that it just isn't practical. I enjoyworking from my cottage and do a lot of work in the evenings sometimes and with children to look after a nice garden to go out into, I just prefer working from home.
We have access to this space whenever we need it though and although it was a bit of an upheaval moving production from home to here, it was enormously beneficial for an event like this and really nice to be able to display all my work to it's best advantage.


As well as the main room with my work space set up and most of my work on display, I used a secondary room as a Seascapes Gallery.
We had the sound of the sea on CD playing in the background and we served tea and coffee in here.

We also left a weekend newspaper for the men folk that weren't that interested in textile art and craft and nick named this room the 'Man Creche'.
It was so busy on Sunday afternoon that it was like a cafe in here with standing room only!

The response to my work was wonderful and it was nice to share some ideas and techniques with other fibre art enthusiasts as well as give demonstrations to other interested visitors.

So now it's back to work replenishing stock and fulfilling orders and commissions.


My online shop has reopened today and I will be adding new pieces over the next week or so. A great way to keep up with what's new from me is via facebook so if you are new to my website here and are a facebook user, do come over and say hi!

Also Open Studios North Fife is not finished yet. Many of the studios are open for a second weekend on 12th and 13th May. Look for the little orange 2  on the brochure entries. www.openstudiosfife.co.uk

I won't be open myself but you can check my events listings on the right hand side of the page here to see where I will be exhibiting next.


  1. The studio looks great, I love the Seascapes Gallery :)

  2. It looks divine! Glad it was so busy

  3. It looks fantastic! I would have loved to go visit!

  4. So pleased to hear it was such a successful event, Aileen! Your work looks gorgeous, as ever :)

  5. Oooh! I love the box in the last photo!

    Glad it was a success, but then you deserve it. And I can understand why you prefer to work from home - makes absolute sense.

    The man creche is a good idea, and I wish there were lady creches at places such as tank museums and car showrooms.

  6. It looks gorgeous and sounds like you did very well! I think a 'man creche' is a genius idea - bless them!

  7. It was lovely to see you (as always) and I'm glad to hear you had such a busy, successful event.
    Outside Starfish Studio I have a 'Man Bench' which is regularly used. Much better than having them tutting and looking at their watches whilst their lady friends are browsing the shop!
    Totally agree with Lyn - lady creches should be compulsory in places like Halfords!

  8. Sounds like a lovely weekend. I absolutely love the way you have laid out all your things in that space. Looks fantastic and hard to believe it was just temporary!


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