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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Raffle prizes and the Sick Children's Trust

Acorn House
I recently visited Acorn House, The Sick Children's Trust Cambridge-based home-from-home accommodation for families whose children are receiving hospital treatment for serious illness.  I met with Joy Worship, Acorn House Manager, who told me about the two paediatric specialists who set up The Trust because they believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment benefited a child's recovery.  Acorn House is a calm, restful place that many families call home while they are on hand for their sick children. It is also a place that families can stay together, however long it takes, for their child to get well again.  I came away full of admiration for Joy, her team, and The Sick Children's Trust for providing such a special place. 

On Friday, 3rd December we will be holding a raffle raising funds for The Sick Children's Trust, who rely totally on voluntary donations.

Our first prize is a fantastic Keshi pearl bracelet, worth around £200 kindly donated by Cellini Jewellers in Cambridge. 

Close-up of pearl bracelet donated by Cellini
Pearl bracelet donated by Cellini

We also have many other prizes; a Le Crueset mug donated from The Steamer Trading Cookshop; a wine tasting voucher from Cambridge Wine Merchants; a bottle of red wine from The Old Spring; even a Paintballing voucher worth £59.99 is up for grabs from Charity Paintball. We also have donations from exhibitors including a vase from Anna Nilsen and Artisstics; earrings from Gina Gherardi: a mug and bag from Roxana de Rond, cards from Alison Hullyer and a festive bone china plate from Amanda MacPhail.
 Jo Tunmer
Bone china plate by Amanda MacPhail

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Greeting cards

On Friday 3rd December Rhiannon Thomas, Alison Hullyer, Roxana de Rond and Jo Tunmer will be selling their latest collections of greeting cards.  Here are a few examples of what you will find.

Printed Christmas cards by Alison Hullyer

Printed cards by Alison Hullyer

Printed Christmas cards by Roxana de Rond

Printed Christmas cards by Roxana de Rond

Printed cards by Jo Tunmer

Printed Christmas card by Rhiannon Thomas

Printed Christmas card by Rhiannon Thomas

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Alison Tait

Marieke Hordyk (Allielola) and Alison Tait will also be exhibiting at
The Marquee on the Severals, Bury Road, Newmarket on
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th December from 10am - 5pm.

visit The Newmarket Town Council website events page for further information.

New fused glass work by Alison Tait.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Anna Nilsen

Anna Nilsen is a woman of many talents. She is an international award-winning children’s author, illustrator, and games devisor.  Anna has written over 100 books and devised 25 jigsaw puzzles and games to date and she has no intention of stopping yet.  Some of her best selling titles include Kingfisher's highly successful Art Fraud Detective, The Great Art Scandal, I Can Spell and I Can Count titles.

Anna was trained in ceramics, glass blowing and sculpture and with a passion for pottery.  As well as writing her books she now runs an online gallery, Artisstics selling studio pottery ranging from unknown potters to the very best of British and a range of international ceramics.  Anna can also be found at The Cambridge Market with Artisstics on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Alison Hullyer - Midnight Hare

This is one of my new prints just completed for the show.  It is a collograph, which uses a plate made from mountboard and PVA glue.  It is a limited edition of 25 prints and will be available framed or unframed. There are two others in the series, including 'Mr. Fox' and 'Love Bird'.  Watch this space for images of them as soon as they are finished.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Cambridge Christmas 10: Jo Tunmer, tree collection Nov 2010

Cambridge Christmas 10: Jo Tunmer, tree collection Nov 2010: "My latest obsession with trees and leaves started in Canada during the summer. However I do remember being obsessed with them as a child. W..."

Jo Tunmer, tree collection Nov 2010

My latest obsession with trees and leaves started in Canada during the summer.  However I do remember being obsessed with them as a child. We lived near a forest and my brother and I used to disappear for hours building dens. 

In our corner, suburban garden we have quite a collection: Magnolia, Apple, Weeping Willow, Beech to name a few.  There is also the very large walnut tree that overhangs my studio.  When the nuts are ripe the squirrels run up the tree and have a field-day cracking them and throwing the shells onto my roof.  It's highly entertaining.

Here are some photographs of where I have started my tree and leaves collection of perspex paintings. 


Moraine Lake

Lynn Creek

Moraine Lake

59 Highworth Ave, Cambridge

59 Highworth Ave, Cambridge

Monday, 22 November 2010

Birgitte Bruun

Birgitte Bruun has shown her jewellery collection at The Christmas 10 show for the last three years.  She is currently exhibiting at Primavera with ACJ (Association of Contemporary Jewellers).  Birgitte was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and came to the UK when she was twelve.  She has been exhibiting her jewellery for the past four years.

Here are two of her new pieces and one of her working.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Rhiannon Thomas

A couple of images from Art for Autism showing my framed sculptures and standing sculptures.
For the last three years I have created Christmas cards and donated a third of the profit to the Vietnamese Charity Hue Help. These are my three designs for 2010's cards.

I spent the summer of 2008 in Vietnam volunteering for Hue Help: a charity set up to provide assistance to the large numbers of people still living in poverty in central Vietnam. The funds support children's orphanages, mobile clinics and other projects.

These colourful festive cards are 10cms x 10cms with the message 'Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year'. They come in packs of 6 cards, 3 designs with envelopes. Each pack costs £4 plus postage and packaging and will be on sale at Christmas 10 and at

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Made 10 Brighton and Marieke Hordyk

Made 10 is on in Brighton until Sunday 21 November.  Fantastic exhibitors including Cambridge based Helen Martino and Rachel Dormor are there as well as one of the Cambridge Christmas 10 - Marieke Hordyk.

As usual I couldn't resist taking some photos during my visit to the show.

Here is Marieke working away and a sneal preview of what to expect at the Christmas 10 show on Friday 3rd December.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Alison Hullyer - printmaker and illustrator

As well as being a printmaker producing work for exhibitions I also work as as freelance illustrator for Phoenix Trading, the award winning card publisher.  I work in a completely different style for them, mainly using a combination of drawing and digital artwork.  At the Christmas 10 show I will have my framed prints alongside some of my products published by Phoenix.  Shown here are my new Christmas cards, wrapping paper and some paper angels that can be used as tree decorations or place setting cards.  I'll also have everyday cards, note-cards, invitations and cupcake paper-chains.

Jo Tunmer - additional work venues November 2010

Jo has a collection of framed oils on canvas paper, small reversible oil paintings in perspex and cards for sale at her framers - Jane's Frames, 8 Station Road, Histon, Cambs CB24 9LQ.

Six oil on canvas works will also be on display at The Edith Cavell Gallery in Peterborough at their Winter Showcase also from 3 December 2010.  The private preview for the Winter Showcase will be at The Gallery on Thursday 2nd December 2010.  It will be a busy week!

Alison Tait

As well as the Christmas 10 exhibition on Friday 3rd of December I am also exhibiting work at Ely cathedral stained glass museum where there is a Christmas exhibition throughout Decmber.

The stained glass museum is well worth a visit at any time of year.

I will also be selling my work in Newmarket on 18th and 19th of December.

Monday, 15 November 2010

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Alison Hullyer

Birgitte Bruun

Gina Gherardi

Gina has been busy with a new range of neck/scarf pieces following their popularity.  They can so easily be dressed up to complement a special outfit or just as easily popped over the head to jazz up a plain winter sweater or t.shirt. They will be available to purchase on the 3rd December 2010.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Alison Tait

I'm busy working making new pieces for the Christmas 10 exhibition. Here I'm loading my kiln with some fused glass pieces.
New work for Christmas includes Doves, Deer and Trees.

I will also be exhibiting at Newmarket Christmas market on 18th and 19th December.

Rhiannon Thomas

At Christmas 10 I will be showing small textile wire sculptures both in frames and on little plinths, my greetings cards and Christmas cards, I can’t wait, it is always a special event.

My inspiration for both the sculptures and paintings is from nature and the techniques I use to create my sculptures. I use basketry and braiding techniques to manipulate materials such as wire, used guitar or cello stings and paper yarn in basketry. Each material responds differently which creates an exciting process and a lovely outcome.

I have taken part in Cambridge Open Studios for the last three years and am always chuffed at the amount of people that come to see my work and love speaking to visitors about my work and hearing their comments. For the last two years I have displayed my work alongside Jo Tumner’s lovely oil paintings. Currently my framed textile work is on display in Cambridge Contemporary Crafts and my greetings cards are on sale at Cambridge Contemporary Art.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Roxana de Rond

I found this picture of myself the other day and realized I still feel the same about drawing and painting now.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Birgitte Bruun

Birgitte works predominately in sterling silver with the addition of gold and gemstones. She is  influenced by Scandinavian design and aims to make pieces of jewellery which are simple, timeless in design and easy to wear.

She is currently exhibiting at Primavera with the Cambridge branch of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery (CACJ).  The exhibition consists of thirteen local jewellers and the show runs until 31st December 2010. Birgitte has also been a member of Cambridge Open Studios for the last three years and has also had her work displayed in the Riverslade Gallery, Saffron Walden.

For the Christmas 10 show she is enjoying creating different textures and contrasts in the silver using a variety of techniques including hammering, milling and oxidisation.

Birgitte's collection for 2010/11 will range from earrings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets and bangles and maybe an unusual gift or two such as a silver bubble blower!