Brighton Artist’s Open Houses

Graphic art at Open House
Ceramics at Open House
Textiles at Open House
Graphic art at Open House
Textiles at Open House
Graphic art at Open House
Photography at Open House
Graphic art at Open House
Jewellery at Open House

It’s time for the May festival frenzy in Brighton, and we’re pleased to be taking part in Brighton’s Open Houses again. We’ve got some fab new work by some returning artists and also from some new people, so lots to look at. I love the motivation the Open House gives me to produce my own design work outside of my clients’ briefs, and often the work I do on my personal projects feeds back into my day job; which definitely makes it worth it. Plus, I love seeing people smile when they look at my work. It’s nice to make people happy!

This year we’ve got a great line up of artists:

Alex Bamford – photography
Lisa Bamford – graphic art
Sarah Edmonds – Illustration
Anna Vartiainen – Printmaking
Claire Griffiths – Jewellery
Laura Danby – graphic art
Sally Evans – textiles
Jemina Schlee – textiles
Helen Lucas – ceramics

We’re open from 11am to 6pm every Saturday and Sunday in May at 21a Brunswick Square – The garden will be open for savoury and sweet treats from Real Patisserie… if we haven’t eaten it all before you get here! Look for the bunting outside.

Posted on May 2nd 2017
Posted in Exhibitions & Galleries, News

Christmas Markets

Christmas Fairs posters

I’m delighted to be taking part in two excellent markets this year. Both are really well organised and will feature a mix of lots of different artists and makers. The details are:

Etsy Made Local – Saturday 3rd December, 11am–5pm at Brighton Dome

Fairy Tale Fair – Sunday 11th December, 11am – 4pm at Brighton Open Market

I’ll be selling my range of playful cards, prints and gifts… preview in my Etsy shop but it would be lovely to see you at one of the fairs.

Posted on November 10th 2016
Posted in Exhibitions & Galleries, News

Christmas Markets

Fairytale Fair poster
Christmas card designs

As I mention on my shop page, my day job is being a graphic designer which I really enjoy (handy that eh?) but I also have an enduring love for all things silly so in my spare time I like to keep my inner child very much alive by creating quirky designs for badges, magnets, greetings cards, books and prints. If you want to see them (and me) in person I’ll be at the Fairytale Fair on Sunday 15th November and at the Etsy market on Sunday 6th December, both at the Open Market in Brighton. I will also have my work in Brighton’s Fishing Quarter Gallery every Fri–Sun until the end of January. Come and say hello!

Posted on November 11th 2015
Posted in Exhibitions & Galleries

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft

Ditchling Museum 1
Ditchling Museum 2
Ditchling Museum 3
Ditchling Museum 4

If you’re looking for a civilised activity for a Sunday then a visit to Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft not far from Brighton is just the thing. It certainly beats our previous Sunday’s trip to the tip and lunch at the garden centre. Unfortunately that’s not quite true as I am rather partial to trip to the tip… erm…

Anyhoo. The museum was re-opened in September 2013 after a £2.3m redevelopment and the result is a stunningly designed new building. It’s not particularly big but it is perfectly formed. The museum mostly focuses on the work of artists and designers who were connected to the village in the early 20th Century and who made it one of Britain’s most important creative centres. Artists included in the group included the type designer (amongst many other things, some of which are best not to mention) Eric Gill and also Edward Johnston (who designed the typeface for the London Underground.) My favourite part, quite predictably what with me being a graphic designer, is the print room at the back of the museum that holds the old printing machinery and block letters; photos above.

The museum has a good little gift shop (always important!), a cafe area and also puts on an interesting and varied programme of events.

There’s no parking dedicated to the museum so you have to park where you can find space in the village. When we went that meant in a virtual mud pit, but it was worth it to watch Mr B trying to manoeuvre his way out of it, arf.

The aforementioned museum cafe is only really for a quick cuppa (and maybe cake) but you can get a very tasty Sunday lunch at the nearby The Bull pub. Yum yum.


Posted on February 3rd 2015
Posted in Exhibitions & Galleries

Affordable art and cake

It’s that festival time of year again, and we’re already half way through our Open House schedule. We’ve had two very busy first weekends (and a crazy Private View) and are hoping that it continues for the remaining two. Everyone puts in such a lot of effort to make our Open House look so good, but it’s definitely worth it. For me, I enjoy the focus it gives me to produce my own design work outside of my normal graphic design for clients role… and of course everyone gets to nose about other people’s houses around Brighton!

This year we’ve got a great line up of artists:

Lee Albrow – papercuts
Alex Bamford
 – various photographic projects
Lisa Bamford – graphic art
Kate Benjamin – scanography
Edward Bishop – photography
Frances Bloomfield – dream boxes
Hannah Cole – printmaking
Claire Griffiths – knitting needle jewellery
Barbara Gorton – ceramics
Finn Hopson – landscape photography
Wesley West – sculpture

Come and say hello and eat some cake! We’ll be open on Sat 17th, Sun 18th, Sat 24th and Sun 25th from 11am – 6pm. After that we’ll be trying to find where we hid our furniture and redecorating! We’re at 21a Brunswick Square, Hove – just look for the bunting.

Posted on May 13th 2014
Posted in Exhibitions & Galleries

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