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I am Jenny Pepper, feltmaker and lover of all things fibre... I have been feltmaking for 20 years, but creating all my life in one way or another. I exhibit my felt work and sell in galleries. I also offer occasional tuition near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Rain didnt stop play...

The heavens opened and the roads ran like rivers as the drains spouted, reminding me of fountains. That was my journey to the Cemetery on Sunday for the second of the Flare craft markets. I did wonder if anyone would turn up, but, I was surprised to see a constant flow of visitors throughout the day. Had a really good fair, now I must spend the week replenishing stock for next Sunday at Ripley Hotel De Ville. Hope to see you there....

Hotel de Ville, Ripley
Sunday 6th December
11am to 4pm



Friday, 27 November 2009

Getting ready for the Cemetery!!!


Not literally, its the second York Flare Craft Market that is at the cemetery! Pop along on Sunday 11am-4pm if you get chance.

Stumbled on this...


This is a photo someone has kindly taken of a piece of my work I exhibited earlier in the year, they cropped and cut it for their website. I forgot to take pictures in situ, which is something I regularly do. But when I still have the piece on my wall its not a problem. I really enjoyed making this and have since developed the project further. The piece was actually hung on a white background and the shadows cast by the light worked well. Unfortunately there is no credit on their website, but the work is mine.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

East Coast Open Exhibition

I recently came across this article, thought it could be of interest to some of you in the area:

East Coast Open Applications

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"You are cordially invited to submit up to 2 pieces of your art work to The East Coast Open at Scarborough Art Gallery. The Exhibition will run from 23rd January to 28th February 2010 and will be selected and curated by Yorkshire based artists Andy Black and Sue Timmins, Stuart Cameron the Director of Crescent Arts and Jan Bee Brown the new Curator of Exhibitions at Scarborough Museums Trust."

"Your work can be in any medium, paintings, photographs, sculpture, textiles (sadly we are unable to accept film). Work should be brought to the gallery between 14th -17th January 2010 10am - 4pm inclusive. Please call into the gallery or contact georgette.donoghue@smtrust.uk.com to ask for an application pack."

Monday, 16 November 2009

York Cemetery...... a day out



I have a Christmas Craft Fair booked at York Cemetery, not the first venue that springs to mind. I have never been before, I tend to cry when I visit a cemetery, usually an unhappy occasion attached. But, everytime I mention this place, I am surprised to find, people respond saying they enjoy visiting this cemetery. Apparently its well loved and cared for and regular events take place in the Chapel and grounds, such as art exhibitions, music and guided walks. I have found their website and after reading fully I am now quite excited about visiting at Christmas. What a refreshing approach to take, if only all cemeteries were so well tended and respected. They are special, tranquil, moving places, I will try not to cry at the Fair.

The fair organised by Flare, takes place on Sunday 29th November 11am to 4pm. Pop in and say hello if you are in the area. I think there's tea and cakes.

I rarely attend craft fairs, not for any reason other than I dont know of many and never get round to booking, but I really enjoyed the last one at Nether Poppleton, it was a really pleasant day out and I met lots of great people. In fact I am thinking I would like to find some more Craft Market type events next year, not just at Christmas. If there is anyone out there reading this, can you recommend any events, not just near York?

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Sashiko exhibition


A really amazing exhibition I have just visited is at York Art Gallery until 24th January 2010.
It was truly inspirational and makes you come away wanting to stitch. A combination of old and new work, clothing and accessories with interesting history attached.Full details are here.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Christmas Market Sunday 8th November


Well Sunday is nearly here and the first of the markets takes place at Nether Poppleton near York. When I booked this, earlier this year, it felt so far off I would have lots of time to be totally prepared......where did all the time go?
I'm nearly ready, rushed as always, but looking forward to Sunday. This is a lovely venue, unique work for sale, with great home cooking and cakes and now has become an annual event to meet up with people.

If you get chance to come along, come and say hello. If you know anyone that might be interested in visiting, it would be great if you could pass on the details, more the merrier!

Monday, 2 November 2009

Learn a new craft, be creative, have fun in 2010 !


I have now listed my workshop dates planned for 2010. All of these take place on a Saturday at my local village hall. This is a beautiful hall in a peaceful village location.

The year starts with a Gloves and Neck Wrap workshop, take away some finished gloves and a wrap to keep warm! This takes place on Saturday 16th January. Full details of this and other workshops are on my website www.jennypepper.com

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Glimpse

Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate

Looking forward to this months show. I will be demonstrating on the Friday morning on th IFA stand and then whizzing round the rest of the show in the afternoon. I always look forward to the new graduates showcase to see new and exciting work.

I take myself a limited amount of 'pocket money' and only spend that and not a penny more. When I first viited shows like this I was so amazed by everything on show and came home with bags of goodies. All very exciting but often quite random! I now have a more controlled approach, I look around once, anything that stays in my mind I go back for a second look and only then do I buy, keeping to a colour scheme. I then come home and play with my stash and somehow it all gels together better and gets used, unlike some of my early days purchases that seemed a good idea at the time!

I love the advert for this years show that I've seen in magazines, but couldn't find an online copy, but here is the link to the show:

http://www.twistedthread.com