EXHIBITION PROGRAMME FOR 2013
NEXT : From Sunday 23rd June until the end of August
Kittie Jones is having her third summer exhibition “Birds in Print” .
Of course I am a bit biased but I have to say her work is just getting better and better, and it’s already brilliant, so defying mathematical laws and even words …you’ll just have to come and check the work out for yourself, but don’t wait too long, the red dots have a habit of proliferating rather quickly these days ! Don’t take my word for it, check out Kittie’s blog at
JUST FINISHED :
Sophie Martin's Watermill Sheep
Sophie Martin is a freelance illustrator specialising in quick pen and watercolour pictures drawn on location. She collaborated with Nick and Ana to produce the book "A Day in the Life of The Watermill" back in 2009, and has recently returned to see Ana's flock of Suffolk Sheep again.
Ana uses the wool to make knitwear using natural dyes...see this link to her page
On sale in the Millshop, and featuring sheep and some other Watermill creatures painted and drawn by Sophie, are placemats and cards - all perfect for Birthdays !
COMING in September, and as part of C-Art Open studios too
SACRED EDEN -
New poems by Alan Daltrey and Images by Nick Jones
Sacred sites up and down and close by the River Eden.
Watch this space !
Over the last three years poet Alan Daltrey and artist Nick Jones have collaborated together on themes inspired by Cumbria’s Eden Valley, producing anthologies of poetry and images. “Along the Settle and Carlisle" came first in 2010, followed by "Bridges of Eden" in 2011, and, this year, they are working on the theme of sacred places along the Eden. Their work to date is now on show in the Tearoom at Little Salkeld Watermill, with the title “Genius Loki”.
Alan Daltrey lives near Armathwaite in the Eden Valley, and was drawn to Cumbria by his love of the Romantic poets. He taught English at Keswick School, in the shadow of Southey's house, Greta Hall. His poetry is inspired by people and places, and what goes on between them.
Nick Jones lives at The Watermill at Little Salkeld in the Eden Valley, a traditional mill producing stoneground flours, with a famous tearoom next door. He has been painting and drawing for years and is now exploring the delights of the monoprint.
Nick says “ My prints are inspired by the Loki Stone in Kirkby Stephen Church. Alan showed me this remarkable fragment which dates back to the 8th or 9th century. Apparently it was part of an early Christian cross, perhaps a bit like the Gosforth cross in West Cumbria, which famously has the Christian story on one face and the Norse gods on the other – a remarkable example of religious toleration by the Viking invaders who overran Cumbria, and recognised the need to respect and work with local people. I have taken the basic geometric elements of the simple, relief image and, using a mix of collage, mono-printing, photography and drawing, I have literally re-organised Loki in a number of different ways to produce these pictures. They are part of an ongoing series featuring release, dissolution, and re-creation. Loki was notorious for being able to change gender, appearance and style, and speaks eloquently to us at this time of change and uncertainty about the future.”
The Loki Stone in St Stephens Church Kirkby Stephen Photo by Alan Daltrey
Alan has written several poems developing these themes, including this one:
The Loki Stone, Kirkby Stephen – by Alan Daltrey
A sharp jawed, triangular head and beard,
rams horn ears, twist pained mouth, bound arms, trapped
above the wrist, with hands caught and hanging limp,
legs stocked and chained, feet forced to the right,
creative energy downcast, crestfallen.
Loki, the shape shifter curtailed, his mischief
making mocked, his imagining sheathed,
the foster brother of Norse God Odin,
his nether half, like Milton’s Satan
full of guile, suggestion, envy pricked.
But look, his head, though sliced above the temple,
trepanned by the edge of stone, is joined
again along the top, as if the carver
felt the spirit had measures more,
not to be confined to vertical space.
The Viking demi god in stone, Loki,
the Joker and inventor, irritator
of the orthodox, magician, song maker
on the other side, depicted chained
but branching out in unencrypted thought.
Perhaps the artist, like the carvers
of misericords, recognised a censored spirit.
They hid their oak Green men, beasts and breasts
beneath a slab for sleepy bottoms, he wrapped
his view of things over the top and out of sight.
new work from Kittie Jones, again inspired by birds living around the mill....
here are some pictures of the exhibition :
and here is the first Kittie Jones Teatowel ....on sale at the mill or direct from Kittie via the contact form on her website...