We took a break from taking part in Brighton & Hove’s Artist’s Open Houses for a while; something to do with face masks and not being allowed to touch things. That time feels so distant, even though it’s still with us. Now that everything’s been opened up for a while we decided to take the plunge and join the AOH for our first Winter Season – see our website. We displayed modern and contemporary designs from local artists, designers and makers. Stylish additions for your walls, home and body. We’ve taken part in the May one eight times now, but still didn’t know what to expect in December. We loved it! We were lucky to welcome lots of friendly visitors and made healthy sales for our contributing artists, designers and makers.
And you can see (ahem, browse for purchase) some of the designs I had on display here: Stoats & Weasels Shop
Our AOH blog interview
We were also interviewed for the AOH blog. I’ve copied the text of that interview below but if you also want to see the full feature, find it here.
Hi Lisa and Alex, You’ve taken part in Artists Open Houses for many years now – when did you first take part?
When we first viewed our flat in early 2012 we both said “this would be perfect to do an Open House in” so in May that year we took the plunge, and haven’t looked back.
Lisa, you work under the intriguing name of name Stoats & Weasels – can you tell us how that came about?I could give you some graphic designer fluff about how it represents things like being small yet mighty (I work on my own), but the truth is I’m a big advocate for silliness and just liked how it sounded. I am a fan of the animals themselves, but my top choices of Otters & Squirrels doesn’t have quite the same ring to it! I could have gone for Raccoons & Red Pandas but that would have just been weird.
What work will you be showing this winter?
My work is mostly about designs that raise a smile and bring a little joy. I’ll be showing a range of illustrative prints and greetings cards, along with a range of gift items and, for the first time, cheeky wrapping paper designs.
Which other artists will be exhibiting alongside you in your Open House?
There are 11 of us in total. We have jewellery from Hello Terry and Laura Danby, accessories from We Are Mountain and GRD Design, homewares from From Brighton With Love and Sarah Edmonds, printmaking from Anna’s Drawing Room, tree decorations from Andrea Gregory, and clothing from Hello Dodo. It’s a really fabulous mix of modern, colourful and graphic artists and makers.
What are you most looking forward to in taking part in the Winter Artists Open Houses?
This is our first time taking part in the Winter festival. We’re hoping to create a cosy, relaxed shopping experience and, after a couple of year’s break, really looking forward to welcoming visitors again into our home.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
We’re so excited for it to start!