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Can we mention the 'C' word yet?

Well, in this edition we may be using that word at least a couple of times, just to keep you posted as to what's happening in and around the NaviStitch shop and our Sail Loft space. There's nothing like being prepared is there?!

News from the Sail Loft...

We've been incredibly lucky to have had so many talented people displaying their work in our Sail Loft space this year so far - can you believe that we've only got 2 more exhibitions and 4 more workshops to go before before we start getting all festive?! Here's what's on:

This week:

We've got the Wisdom Art Prints exhibition on until Saturday. If you're looking for art that represents our local Essex area, look no further. Based in Tiptree, this family team create incredible Art Deco-style art prints. We also stock a range of their cards and prints in the NaviStitch shop.

On Saturday 22nd October we've got photographer and artist Mike Klencher joining us to take a workshop on Zine making - exploring ways of alternative self-publishing by making your own zine, from simple folding to a variety of binding techniques. Click here to book your ticket

Next week:

From 26th to 29th October we have a collaborative exhibition from Poppy Curtis and Sue Bedford. This is Poppy's first exhibition and she'll be displaying a range of oil paintings and lino prints - she grew up surrounded by boats and is a keen sailor and her work is heavily influenced by the sea and boats. Sue Bedford is a local artist and teacher and her is inspired by the natural world. Watercolour techniques are at the heart of her work.

On Friday 28th October, Sue Bedford will also be taking a lino printing workshop from 10:30am to 3:30pm. You will learn lino cutting techniques that will allow you to take away with you not only your prints, but the knowledge to practice and develop your new-found skills ... what a great way to make your own Christmas presents?! For more info and booking details, see our Sail Loft calendar

And finally:

Our last exhibition of this year is by Tazzy Bro Photography. Based in Manningtree, all of the photographs are of the town and the surrounding area and really are quite spectacular. You've got 2 weeks to take in this amazing exhibition as it will be with us from 2nd to 12th November. We also have the Tazzy Bro 2023 calendars and cards available in the shop now.

On Saturday 4th November, Vic from Mae Kandoo will be taking an Advent Deer all-day workshop in our Sail Loft. Make yourself something that'll last for years to come and can be passed down. Click here to book.

Our final workshop of the year is another one with artist and photographer Mike Klencher on 19th November. Based on Manningtree's coastal location, you'll be presenting this habitat on Christmas cards, using a wide range of materials: recycled card, watercolours, cyanotypes, wood, ink, pencils and more. Click here to book your place.

What happens next?

Once our final exhibitions and workshops are packed away, we're excited to be bringing you a pop-up preview week during from 16th to 19th November. You'll be able to nip up to the Sail Loft and have a little advance view of some of the artists and creative fayre that will be available.

From 23rd November to Christmas Eve, and on 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st December we'll be bringing you around 30 of the most fabulous makers that this area has to offer. Many of the artists and creators will have exhibited with us over the last year or so; some will be new to NaviStitch and we look forward to welcoming them all. What a great way to get all of your Christmas shopping done and supporting small, independent businesses to boot! We've pretty much chosen all of the artists and makers for our pop-up even but, if you're a creative and feel like you make something that's unusual and difficult to resist, by all means get in touch. To see who's joining us over the festive period, take a look here

Calling artists and makers

It may seem like a long way off, but we're now taking bookings for both exhibitions and workshops in our Sail Loft for 2023. If you'd like to find out more about our creative space to either exhibit your work or to teach a creative art or skill, take a look at how it all works, and get in touch. This year has been full of great work - here's to another year of the same!

NaviStitch shop news...

We've got lots of new work on our Guest Wall:

The three paintings above are by Charlotte Upton - one of Cattawade and one of the Walls in Manningtree.

We've added a lovely little print of Manningtree High Street to the Guest Artist wall by artist Gregory Hamilton Lane. We have multiple copies available of this numbered limited edition print - fabulous if you're local or for someone with Manningtree memories.

And Tina.Bullen (left), has two new pieces, both oil on canvas and with an Autumnal feel.

We've got these Mistley and Manningtree Christmas cards back in stock - they sold out last year so, if you're around soon, you may want to grab yours while you can.

I also want to reiterate that, although I fully support the postal workers' cause and their need to strike, but, because of what's going on, I'm getting ready for Christmas so that people can order in advance and not get caught out. Christmas cards are now available in my website shop and on Etsy - I fully expect there to be delays and so I'd advise all of my lovely customers to order cards and commissions as early as possible.

I've got a couple of Christmas card displays in the shop and also we've got this amazing book in stock. One of our Christmas pop-up exhibitors, @PhilliplReed has written and illustrated a beautiful children's book, 'The Christmas List' - as the blurb states "Take a walk around Manningtree and Mistley with Hedgehog and Badger as they must on the perfect Christmas List" What a fabulous festive present for someone growing up locally!

And finally...

I'm delighted to be selling my greeting cards and art in Fenwick in Colchester for a week starting on 5th December. I'm really looking forward to returning - it's a great opportunity to bring my work to a new audience. This year, I'm also going to have work in the Salty Dogs Pop-Up shop in Maldon so there's plenty of opportunity to spread the nautical, stitched love around the area ... never a dull moment!

Lots of Manningtree Christmas planning going on at the moment too ... but let's leave something for the next newsletter...

Until next time, I wish you calm waters and plain sailing


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