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Carillon Tower Loughborough – lit up for literature

Loughborough Carillon tower was illuminated with a fantastic light show and fireworks to signify the launch of Loughborough Childrens Illustrated Literature Festival , the festival next year will coincide with the 100th anniversary of Ladybird books.
Lights were beamed onto the tower and showed stories ranging from Nursery Rhymes, Alice in Wonderland, The Golden Compass and Harry Potter with fireworks exploding from the top of this amazing building. It was a spectacular evening.
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Starting to light up ready for the show

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Jack & the Beanstalk – fee fi fo fum …..

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The Cheshite Cat from Alice in Wonderland

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Fireworks made me jump a little

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Narnia and Golden Compass

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Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Harry Potter

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 More fireworks from the top of the tower conclude the evening, this time I was prepared for them!

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The Children’s Illustrated Literature Festival is to take place from October 22 to 26 2015

Tower Poppies

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London, what an amazing art installation.
Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins & stage designer Tom Piper marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Seeing it last week as the final waves of ceramic Poppies were being planted was just breathtaking. I stood for quiet sometime imagining that each one represents a life & creating in my mind a sea of soldiers standing shoulder to shoulder. Today on Armistice day  the last of the 888,246 Poppies was planted.

These are just a few of the photos I shot.

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I would like to offer prints for sale with donation from each sale going to the Royal British Legion, what do you think?

20% of sales from this Tower Poppies album goes to the Royal British Legion
http://susanguyphotography.zenfolio.com/towerpoppies

Last few days for Sock Gallery open exhibition – Loughborough

Over 345 pieces were submitted into this years Sock Gallery open exhibition, the judges then selected 179 to be hung in the gallery.
Here is my entry the judges chose to hang in this years exhibition, a photograph on canvas titled “Dandelion Stars”
Susan Guy_Dandelion StarsAfter running for 4 weeks the exhibition that features local artists is coming to an end this weekend 6th September. Now is the time to make a visit to Loughborough Town Hall to see the free exhibition sponsored by Moss Solicitors and purchase some local art.

It doesn’t seem 5 minutes let alone 4 weeks since I was invited to the preview evening to proudly see my selected entry hanging alongside all the other chosen works of art.
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There’s such a fantastic variety on show this year, pencil & ink drawings, pastel, oils, photography, pieces of artwork painted on a variety of mediums from canvas to wood to cardboard boxes. I particularly like the collages that incorporate different textures as seen in this image depicting Lime tree avenue at Calke Abbey by artist Tracey Lamb who used watercolours recycled paper and stitching (apologies for reflection on image I only did some quick snaps with my compact camera)
SockGallery_Susan Guy_Tracey LambHere are a few more images from the preview event – click image for larger view
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The Poet and Storyteller @ Packwood House

A day filled with fun, laughter, finding amazing art around the grounds of National Trust Packwood House, Warwickshire and being entertained by the talented Jo Bell and Gavin Young who came along for the opening of Packwood Follies.
Read more & see photos about the Packwood Follies works of art that have been installed around the grounds here: Inside Out HouseEmbedded and Hive.

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Jo Bell performing one of her poems in the Great Hall, a superb venue for poetry reading

SusanGuy_PackwoodHouse_JoBellThere is such beauty in the words Jo speaks, taking inspiration from all around and everyday objects like the broken plastic bootlace tips as heard in this short recording.

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Here Gavin is performing to invited guests attending the opening of Packwood Follies, standing on “Embedded” a giant 4 poster Oak bed just one of the fantastic art installations created by Hilary Jack

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Packwood Follies Hive – National Trust Packwood House

It was a privilege to be invited by the National Trust to attend the opening of Packwood Follies.
Packwood Follies are three commissions by artist Hilary Jack entitled InsideOutHouse, Embedded and Hive located around the grounds of National Trust Packwood House, Warwickshire.

– This is the third in a series of blogs from the opening event.

The previous weeks weather had been glorious sunshine, blue sky and fluffy white clouds, today however was different ….rain, not ideal you might think for walking around the grounds of a large country estate but it was a thoroughly enjoyable day sharing lots of laughter, catching up with friends, having fun and puddle splashing! So don’t be put off by the weather, get out and enjoy

Hilary Jack has designed and created beautiful structures from reclaimed objects, chairs, cupboards, draw fronts & windows and turned the “junk” into fantastic works of art. The pieces are staggeringly beautiful, most people would just throw away broken pieces of furniture but Hilary has revived what could be destined to a skip into something that I will certainly be visiting again and bringing my family to see it.

DSC_0446 SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies cReady to explore the next artwork, Hive. A community of small huts almost secretly hidden within the topiary Yew garden to honour the gardeners at Packwood who over the years seem to secretly maintain the flower beds & yew bushes dashing backwards and forwards to their tool sheds like bees to a hive.SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies DSC_0355 0357 0445SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies_HiveSusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies_HivesJo Bell, poet smelling a rose “it was like Peaches on a stick” wonder if this will inspire a future poem?
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You can read about the cafe opening here

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– The Packwood Follies was funded by a Cadbury Play Grant, with technical assitance from JP Art Services & Architectural drawings by Melissa Hunt.

Packwood Follies Embedded – National Trust Packwood House

It was a privilege to be invited by the National Trust to attend the opening of Packwood Follies.
Packwood Follies are three commissions by artist Hilary Jack entitled InsideOutHouse, Embedded and Hive located around the grounds of National Trust Packwood House, Warwickshire.

– This is the second in a series of blogs from the opening event.

The previous weeks weather had been glorious sunshine, blue sky and fluffy white clouds, today however was different ….rain, not ideal you might think for walking around the grounds of a large country estate but it was a thoroughly enjoyable day sharing lots of laughter, catching up with friends, having fun and puddle splashing! So don’t be put off by the weather, get out and enjoy

Hilary Jack has designed and created beautiful structures from reclaimed objects, chairs, cupboards, draw fronts & windows and turned the “junk” into fantastic works of art. The pieces are staggeringly beautiful, most people would just throw away broken pieces of furniture but Hilary has revived what could be destined to a skip into something that I will certainly be visiting again and bringing my family to see it.

First glimpse of “Embedded”, a giant hand carved four poster Oak bed frame using felled Oak and covered with turf.  Inspired by a quote from the 1930s visitors book, describing Packwood as ‘a house to dream of, a garden to dream in’ it’s another fantastic piece of sculpture by Hilary Jack.
DSC_0412 SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies cHilary welcoming all of the invited guests to the launch and thanking everyone for their dedication to attending regardless of the rain & soggy conditions.
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DSC_0421 SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies cIf the weather wasn’t quite so wet or I had worn more waterproof clothing I would have layed on the grass bed and looked up at the world. On the next visit that is exactly what I intend to do, the view will be magnificent, laying there looking at the blue sky, imagining clouds into animals & dreaming. Maybe I will feel like the Princess laying on the bed piled high with mattress’ in Hans Christian Anderson’s Princess and the Pea?

Gloomy skies were brightened up with a sea of multicoloured umbrellas!
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– The Packwood Follies was funded by a Cadbury Play Grant, with technical assitance from JP Art Services & Architectural drawings by Melissa Hunt.

Packwood Follies InsideOutHouse – National Trust Packwood House

It was a privilege to be invited by the National Trust to attend the opening of Packwood Follies.
Packwood Follies are three commissions by artist Hilary Jack entitled InsideOutHouse, Embedded and Hive located around the grounds of National Trust Packwood House, Warwickshire.

– This is the first in a series of blogs from the opening event.

The previous weeks weather had been glorious sunshine, blue sky and fluffy white clouds, today however was different ….rain, not ideal you might think for walking around the grounds of a large country estate but it was a thoroughly enjoyable day sharing lots of laughter, catching up with friends, having fun and puddle splashing! So don’t be put off by the weather, get out and enjoy

Hilary Jack has designed and created beautiful structures from reclaimed objects, chairs, cupboards, draw fronts & windows and turned the “junk” into fantastic works of art. The pieces are staggeringly beautiful, most people would just throw away broken pieces of furniture but Hilary has revived what could be destined to a skip into something that I will certainly be visiting again and bringing my family to see it.

Introduction and welcome from Lucy Reid general manager at Packwood House with artist Hilary Jack. DSC_0345 SusanGuy_Packwood House_PackwoodFollies cFirst glimpse of the InsideOutHouse in the woodland, a timber framed cottage created from recycled and salvaged materials. This sighting felt so magical like I could have been in a fairy tale…Hansel & Gretel, Narnia or even Alice in Wonderland
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It’s homely, rustic, spacious, cosy & dry with a chair in the corner, perfect for storytelling, I can imagine a family living here from long ago.
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– The Packwood Follies was funded by a Cadbury Play Grant, with technical assitance from JP Art Services & Architectural drawings by Melissa Hunt.

Ceramics in Charnwood 2014

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Last weekend a variety of ceramicists came to Loughborough market for the Ceramics in Charnwood market.
It is amazing to think that these beautifully crafted items all started off as a lump of clay, such a wide variety of objects from trays, cups, vases and plant pots to buttons, decorative objects and wall hangings.
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List of traders at the event, links to artists in blue.
David Pantling Ceramics
Bridget McVey Studio Pottery
Lindsay Thomas Ceramics
Janet Halligan Ceramics
Carl Gray Ceramics
Hazel Higham Ceramics
Oddbods Ceramics by Jean Blood
Guy Routledge Ceramics
Kathy Goodridge Studio Ceramics
Anna-Mercedes Wear
Sheepshead Pottery
Snail Pottery
Lindsay Thomas Ceramics
Mark Smith Ceramics
Simon Shaw
Lynn Hazel British Wildlife Sculpture
Stonesplitter Pottery
The Handmade Mug Company
Art by Zoe Petrie
Nicholas Marsh
Penny Withers Ceramics
Michael Richmond Ceramics
Ben Brierley
Muggins Pottery
Ceramics by Hank and Kath
Salsbury Ceramics
Consall Forge Pottery
Pollie and Garry Uttley Ceramics
David Wright
Katherine Winfrey Earthenware Pottery
Zoo Ceramics
Lesley Nason Ceramics
The Other Pottery
Barbara Butterworth
Nita Rao
Martin Shackleton
Lynn Fox
Barbara Butterworth
Sue Barton
Kath Jamieson

If you were trading at the Ceramics market and I have missed listing you please let me know, those who are not linked to a website and have one let me know and I will include you

Steampunk – Claymills Victorian Pumping Station

Over the festive period I made a visit to Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, excitedly the Pumping Station was in steam. (Check the website for forthcoming steam days)

In 1885 the pumping station was completed and pumped sewage from Burton-upon-Trent to farmland 3 miles away. The site closed in 1971 & restoration work began in 1993.

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Claymills img1612 1776 1899Fabulous blacksmith onsite,  Hayley Powell from Forever Forged

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Claymills img1588 1591 1599Fantastic Victorian workshops with a great collection of tools, pincers & spanners

Claymills img1578 1583 1604There are four large beam engines by Gimson of Leicester, 1885, these are  in pumping house C-D.
The heat smell and steam was overwhelming but nice.

Claymills img1649 1741 1744 Gimson & Co builder’s plaque on the cylinder casing of ‘C’ engine. Claymills img1666 1689 1742Climbing the stairs to gain access to the top floor was quite a challenge with a camera bag as they are quite narrow.
It was worth it though, watching the beams go up and down was mesmerizing

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Claymills img1696 1702 1714Deep in the basement is a bathroom with small bath that workers and families used on a rota basis.
I can imagine how much of a luxury a hot bath with running water must have been, instead of a tin bath in front of the fire.

DSC_1748 ClaymillsA fabulous museum and well worth visiting, especially on the days when it’s in steam.