I had been poorly in the week leading up to October’s Windsor Emporium so Ben took pity on me and came to pick me up early on Sunday morning to save me the job of packing up my Smart Car - thank you lovely Ben. There was a lot going on in Windsor this Sunday what with the Fringe Festival, Eton Art Trail and the marathon in the afternoon so we were hopeful for a busy Emporium!
I had the same spot as last month in the main room of the Guildhall next to John and his antiques. It was much easier to set up the table this time, having done it once before and I am very grateful to John for lending me a couple of antique lights to help illuminate my artwork.
My arty chums Julie Rumsey (printmaker) and Lis England (fine art) were in their usual spaces in the side room with the Vintage Café. Jules had been really busy and had a range of new collographs on display. One work entitled ‘Did you Tweet me?’ featured a dog with a bird on its back which was great (I think she sold it too). Lis had a range of book covers with detailed paintings on including ‘To the Lighthouse’ that also sold!
It was good to see some faces from last month’s Emporium and to meet some new artist makers. On the table to my right was Rosamund Fowler who had a delightful range of cards and limited edition relief prints from wood engravings, mostly of animals and birds – the detail on them was just incredible. Rosamund makes her prints using an antique Farley press. She has been a successful illustrator and painter for over twenty years and has recently moved into wood engraving – a truly multi talented lady.
I was particularly taken by Fox Terrier, which I learnt had been exhibited at the RA Summer Exhibition in 2010 - so I must have seen it on my annaul RA jolly with my brother. I have a thing about wire haired Fox Terriers (and Border Terriers and Pugs even though I am a cat person) and have to stop and say hello when I see one (Ben despairs with me). Rosamund reminded me they are after all the original ‘push along dog’ so maybe there’s a touch of childhood nostalgia with my liking of them.
I sat and looked at Mr Fox Terrier on and off through the day and he looked back at me and you guessed it, he left Windsor in my bag! Just need to get Cath at Emerald to make me a frame so I can proudly display him on my wall.
You can see Rosamund’s work at: www.rosamundfowler.co.uk
Look for Mr Fox Terrier here - there are a few editions left if he tugs at your heart too:
Opposite me were Sue and her hubby of Chandlers Candles who last month had the table where Rosamund was this month (does that make sense?). This meant I could get a better view of the handmade natural soy candles that they make. Their candles are so elegantly packaged and the classic scents are beautful - making it easy to see why they were so busy!
Another table that caught my eye just up from Rosamund was Roelofs and Rubens who had a beautiful range of handmade ceramics ranging from practical plates and mugs to some just lovely hand painted hanging ornaments in many shapes and colours. The decoration on most of the works was a modern take on the traditional ‘blue and white’ colour way – but the more colourful pieces (termed ‘banyak warna’ on their website) were just glorious.
Some of the shapes were new to me as ornaments - camels, crustaceans and hands, but these complimented the more traditional forms of hearts, birds and butterflies - and many more. I found it impossible to pick a favourite design and now have the website saved as a ‘favourite’ for future use.
Take a peek I’m sure you will love it too: www.roelofsrubens.co.uk
On the Windsor Emporium’s facebook page a while back there was a post about a particularly colourful vintage chair that had been restored and reupholstered in a patchwork of Designers Guild devoir velvet. Dawn from Trove Designs was present with not only THAT chair – but also the most fabulous chaise longue that had been reupholstered in the same way. I tried to convince Ben when he popped in that the chair would be just the ticket for his office in the future and that every girl needs a chaise to lounge on with her cats but I’m not sure he really felt the same!
You can find out more about this lovely upcycling at: www.trovedesigns.co.uk
Over the way from me, opposite John’s stall was Laurel Howell and who must have been her twin sister. Laurel is a graphic designer artist maker and had a range of unique, quirky and original contemporary gifts on display. I just loved the shrink plastic rings and necklaces she had produced with moustaches and typewriters on and can see some of these finding their way into Ben’s nieces’ Christmas gift bags:
This is just a few of the stalls that were there on this Sunday. Jackie Couzen’s who runs the Windsor Emporium has a great mix of makers each month – and as it changes each time it is worth popping in regularly as you never know what treasure you may find.
Remember - the first Sunday in the month from March to December is Windsor Emporium day!