Art in Action, Waterperry
Visit Art In Action, spend a day in the country? 'Great!', I thought, 'a chance to get out of the big smoke, see some craft, breathe in some fresh air, soak up the sun and say hi to a few cows'. But the country had other ideas...
And then it rained some more.
Once inside you managed to forget about the weather and could start concentrating on some of the work. I was particularly happy to see Daphne Krinos there with her jewellery especially these architectural gold and silver rings.
Here’s Louise Gardiner momentarily looking up from her sewing machine at the prospect of a cup of tea whilst passers-by oggled her work.
David Gates showed his furniture as a group of small models surrounded by sketches and working drawings.
At the more traditional end, Jim Steele showed his various tools and processes for making Windsor chairs, along with some very cool looking stools.
The beautifully delicate bone china by Sasha Wardell (she’s the blurry figure in the background on the right). They look especially good when a rare ray of sunshine shone through them.
Linda Bloomfield was working at her wheel with a large crowd gathering round.
The lovely Alpa Mistry brought her loom all the way from London – perhaps the textiles tent was on a hill because she seemed miraculously dry and stable.
Most people didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits, and it’s a testament to the exhibitors that what began as a wash out ended up as a rather good day. We headed back home, got the train from Haddenham & Thame station, took off our wellies and settled down to a copy of ‘Thame Out’ which I found on a platform bench.
But the question is, when do I start praying for sunshine for next year?