So after handing over my latest exciting wedding stationary project (all to be revealed soon) I thought I'd write about my lovely weekend. It started with a trip up to Leeds to meet my sister who accompanied me up to Richmond to visit Sarah Morpeth's latest exhibition 'A Theatre of Words', inspired by and displayed in Richmond's Georgian Theatre. Having seen a glimpse of the work in her studio and in following her progress on her blog, I must say I was rather excited by the trip and especially to visit the large piece Sarah had been working on and of course catch up with Sarah.
The piece was absolutely stunning in the flesh and so beautiful to look at. There is so much to take in. The mixture of words, fonts and foliage work together wonderfully with the delicate moths fluttering through the paper to create a fascinating piece of art. Sarah mentioned she was going to hang it in the theatre after the exhibition to photograph, I can't wait to see the dramatic results you just know it will create.
Sarah also has a series of pieces on display and for sale in the exhibition including these moth pictures which, although certainly not my favourite creatures in real life, float around the framed space beautifully. I love the way she'd used insect pins to display the intricate paper cuts. It was very hard to leave without one of them!
I just love the layering she creates so cleverly in her pictures both with the coloured textured backgrounds but also within the hand cut sheets themselves.
On arrival we met with another of Sarah's followers, who was a local to the area, she was such a lovely and interesting woman and told us all about the wonderful theatre, in which she had also performed.
The theatre was gorgeous, full of history and character. It was wonderful imagining the crowds who would have once filled the space, in a very different atmosphere to what we are used to today. The hand painted scenery was absolutely stunning too. We've heard the panto is something special so may plan a trip again later in the year.
Rachel and I then went for lunch at The Station a converted Victorian railway station with a contemporary cafe bar and restaurant, a cinema, art gallery and also six artisan food producers who create their delights in full view of the public, amongst a bakery, cheese-maker and honey-maker the smells from the fudge house were irresistibly delicious and the ice-cream in the parlour looked like fluffy meringue. We also bought the boys a locally produced ale from the micro brewery.
The food was fantastic and very much value for money, there was absolutely loads! It was a great day out and lovely to spend time with my sister and toast her success in almost finishing her PGCE and in getting a job next year.
I happened across a wonderful stall adorned with wooden type, it was lovely speaking to the owners of the stall, Pash Directory, who are keen letterpress printers themselves. They had a wonderful collection of industrial pieces and I just couldn't resist this beautiful typewriter. I've been pining after one for quite some time and I just loved the button style keys. It's in great condition and looks fab after a bit of a dust and a polish!
Before leaving we had to have a peek around the stunning historic surroundings. The building has so much to share, I just love the character of these changing spaces and the beautiful tiling in the wet rooms, from which one day I shall take inspiration in creating my dream bathroom!
It's great to see the building in use again, if not quite for it's original purposes but definitely in raising its awareness. It's great to see there are regular events over the next few months and I'm certainly looking forward to the next fair already!