You can see my Steller Weekly Snaps here
Every day I make the simple plan which is ‘to catch up with everything’ and everyday for about 2 weeks it hasn’t worked!
I do have a list of ’to do’s’ every day too, but I more often than not think that once I’ve got those little jobs done I can start my day…unfortunately the start of those days seems to be at about midnight when my body says that it’s the end of the day…so things are falling behind with the ‘weekly snaps’ hence here is a 2 week catch up on a Tuesday rather than a Sunday…anyway, maybe the fact that at least they’ve appeared will get me back on schedule!
So…here’s a 2 week concise compilation of arrangements, pop-up shop at West Elm London, Open House organisation…and Cheeks taking it easy!
( the Mibo display! ) ( one of my paintings of ‘The Taste of Strawberries and Cream’ being hung in the window ) ( Cécile Gilbert from Tiki jewellery with Sophie Abbott ) ( some of my 5ftinf new products )( Sophie Abbott’s paintings ) ( my wrapping paper with added berries, mimosa, wax flower and eucalyptus )( Holly Bell’s ceramics ) Christmas decorations by Emma Herian, candles by Sushou Organics, cards by Tilly2Milly, ceramis by Charlotte Jones and leather belts by Hawkmoth Leather
and I also tried to revive a de-hydrated hydrangea……and failed!You can see the Steller Story ‘Weekly Snaps’ here
At the moment I have lots of different projects occupying my head, which is great creatively, but also sometimes it all becomes one big arrangement of abstract colour and amorphous shape…hard to explain; even harder to sort out, which is why colour really helps me…( the arrangement above was a sort of calming down exercise, and the cup of tea just out of shot also helped! )
One of the most exciting things is that I’ll be curating and exhibiting in a Pop Up shop at West Elm in London over the weekend of the 14th and 15th November, and it would be really lovely to be able to meet some of you there if you can make it ( there’s a Facebook event page here )
It’s going to be a bit like taking my Brighton Open House on tour, as lots of my regular guest artists will be exhibiting and selling their beautiful handmade work and paintings as well.
To give you a taste of the sort of things which will be there you can check out all the amazing work of the artists taking part here:
Me ( Philippa Stanton…paintings and 5ftinf ), Holly Bell ( ceramics ), Sophie Abbott ( paintings ), Mibo ( paper animals and textiles ), Tiki Brighton ( contemporary resin jewellery ), Holly M ( leather accesories ), Shyama Ruffell ( paintings and butterfly boxes )
These artists will also be exhibiting their work, along with Emma Herian, Charlotte Jones, Sushou Candles, Tilly2Milly and Peggy Poppleton, in my own home at my Christmas Open House in Brighton during the 2 weekends after, so you can get a sense of how you’ll be able to stock up with handmade Christmas goodies both in London and the South Coast from the flyer below, as well as visit a new Christmas shed installation. ( there’s an IG account for the house here )
There will also be a new shed installation which has a working title of ‘Ice Pops’ ( stay tuned on IG with the hashtag #5ftinfshed as it takes shape over the next few weeks )
And the flyers arrived this morning!
( here it is so you can read it… )
I’m also running a practical synaesthesia painting workshop for The Perfume Society this week on the 29th October ( you can read more about it here ), working with Illuminum London fragrances, as well as having created the front cover for this month’s Scented Letter.There is also a new date for a Grimms inspired small wreath making workshop in the rooftop wigwam at The Queen of Hoxton on Sat 12th December, 2 – 4:30pm…which includes a free cocktail in the ticket price! . ( You can book a ticket for £45 and read more info here )
So now I have to finish the large canvas I’m currently working on…I hope it dries in time!
P.S Only 6 days left on the 20% discount with Checkout code: CALENDAR2016 in my shop here
I’m always determined to get the most use out of flowers even if they seem past it, so this morning I was utilising the severely wilted hydrangeas I bought last week, which I’d hoped would last much longer to put together some images for the 5ftinf Pop Up which will be part of the Brighton Fringe for this weekend.
Some of the flowers here I’ve had for nearly 3 weeks, and some of them are now destined for the bin…
…but not before they have completely exhausted their purpose! …I also like to mix in things from the garden like this golden marjoram, seed heads from grape hyacinths, dog rose leaves, oxalis and forget – me – nots… …the real remnants must be wept away!! But the garden at the moment is really coming alive with the chives about to flower and the heuchera really putting some energy into everything… …but I’m really excited about these Oriental Poppies which will probably flower by next week… I’ve also moved the succulents near to Frances Doherty’s sculpture, and putting them in a copper trough seems to have kept the snails and slugs away for the time being… Love these poppies with the blue spruce…The fennel is doing well and I think the campanula may flower next week too, so this area will be completely blue! …I love how this ceramic sculpture make the lacecap hydrangea actually look like it’s flowering already… …and the Giant Echium’s final journey has begun… …as it has at long last started to produce flowers…and hopefully these 2 will take up the baton for next year And my first Arum Lily!
Not massively impressive I know; it’s been a bit battered by the winter, but I’m hopeful now that there could be more to come……and this is the first flowering aqueligea from one of the plants I rescued from the tip last year…
The Ceonothus is now actually planted in the ground by the shed, rather than in the pot which kept blowing over… …and the first of some wild carrot amongst the honeysuckle, whose seeds I scattered all over the garden last Autumn… So there were 2 happy beings in the sunny garden this morning, and fingers crossed it stays sunny over the weekend for the Pop Up and Open House!