Last week I was out in Wareham before the snow stopped everything and Anne and I dropped into The Purbeck Artisan Yard to see what was happening as I had heard several new artists were getting involved. Now I had a guest wall appearance in November that was good exposure but not a sales success. Since doing the Artisans on the Beach event I could see the benefit of having my work on display somewhere all of the time in addition to the four cards on sale at Swanage TiC.
We were blown away by Michelle’s enthusiasm and the new bay shares downstairs and new residents moving in upstairs. I saw bay H where Eddie had been based was vacant, it offers an end wall of hanging space, well lit by its window and can be seen as visitors walk through the upstairs space. Also Abi who was setting up had a banner similar to one I have used at craft fairs in year one. Also Jessamy who I have chatted to on Instagram was also setting up her bay.
So I considered it and even before walking downstairs had reached the decision that this is a community where I already know several of the artists and would like to be involved so I expressed interest in a bay. that was Thursday, the plan was to start putting work in my bay on Saturday 3rd but the weather put paid to that so now Monday 5th I will start to stock AndyKnillArt in Bay H. The yard is also a Purbeck Art Weeks venue so I will have work in my studio,at Rollington Barn and the yard too. I know that there is much I can learn and hopefully share to with my fellow artists.
So March 5 – Church Street, Wareham upstairs at the Purbeck Artisan Yard represents a chance for friends and fans of my work to see it more often. I will be exhibiting a range of pieces as I develop different collections. Today alone I have finished a winter tree piece I am very pleased with and started to produce a piece inspired by Storm Emma from Thursday’s pictures.
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