As we're in the lead-up to Mothers' Day this Sunday, let's look first at the delights that we've got in the NaviStitch shop for those of you that are able to drop in between now and Saturday afternoon:
We know that affordability is key right now and so we've stocked up on a range of coastal based ceramics at £10 and under - more useful, long lasting and unpredictable than flowers and chocolates (although we can't guarantee that they'd smell or taste as good!).
For an oarsome mum with a love of the ocean or a beach bum mum who has fond coastal memories, a little trinket tray may be just the ticket.
We've got plenty of Mothers' Day Cards in stock if you're a last-minute shopper and we're open today, tomorrow and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Talking of cards, we now have an ocean of different ranges to choose from. We've recently received the following new designs from three great artists:
From left to right, Daniel Mackie brings us beautifully stylised animals and birds; Poppy Treffry's faux-stitching designs feature our favourite things 'shop local and swim in the sea'!; and Den Jones, a local felt artist has some absolutely beautiful cards featuring photos of her felt creations. Together with our own range of cards and those that we've featured in previous newsletters, we really do have something for everyone (we apologise in advance: we may end up being that shop - you know, the one you spend hours in looking at the cards?!).
In Sail Loft news, we're looking forward to welcoming David Downes into our creative space next Wednesday with his 'Skies and Light in Constable's England' exhibition. He's with us from 30th March through until 9th April so be sure not to miss it - David's work is really stunning and features lots of local scenes:
Throughout April we're also hosting a joint exhibition: Carla Watkins (photographer), Christine Gallant (artist), and Chrissie Richards (artist), are bringing 'Exploring Memories - three approaches' to the Sail Loft from 13th to 23rd April.
It's exciting to us that the Sail Loft is booked for the whole of April and beyond - there aren't many occasions when you won't find an exhibition or workshop taking place in our great upstairs space.
Following on from Exploring Memories, we've got Sheila Martin joining us from 27th April through to 7th May. Sheila's work is really interesting - she uses all kinds of art techniques and effects with acrylics and watercolours, mirrored paper and gels to produce a 3D effect.
If you're an artist or maker and would like to exhibit your work, hold a workshop or host a pop-up shop in our space, please do take a look at what we've got to offer here
To keep up with the exhibitions, workshops and events that we've got going on later on in the year, bookmark our calendar page so you don't miss anything exciting
Finally, here are a couple of new pieces that I've been working on recently: one a commission and another to add to my artwork available at NaviStitch:
On the left is a lovely commission that I completed recently: it's a very small piece on an Ordnance Survey map and shows the footpath between Dedham and Flatford. The route has been stitched in red to commemorate a special walk, and framed using SS Pegu timber - it's a beautiful memento of something with a specific meaning. If you're interested in commissioning something to create a memory for you or someone special, it's a very simple process
On the right is a piece that I've added to my own artwork collection: Medusa Channel - showing Harwich, Shotley, Felixstowe and the Naze on a vintage chart in a SS Pegu reclaimed frame. Obviously, as with all of my nautical stitched work, this is a one-off piece and will suit someone with memories of that particular area. Look at the great SS Pegu frame too - I just love all of the quirks that each piece of marine timber has.
It's great to catch up with you again - please do let me know if there's anything you'd particularly like featured in our two-weekly newsletters. Also, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about my work available either online or in the NaviStitch Shop.
I wish you calm waters and plain sailing until the next time.