Work at the Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester by Rowena Ardern

Last thursday was the official opening of the BluePatch pop-up shop or Sustainable Department Store at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester with goods for sale from a selection of Blue Patch members. It is there until the 31st of March Mothers Day (could be the perfect outing !!) I shall be there on that day at the Meet the Makers event . There is a limited range of my work there but you can now buy some of my cushions online ( see my shop on this website ) and you can always email me for other work that is for sale but not yet online.Here are a few images to whet your appetite of course the thing about any hand made work it os better seen in the flesh so to speak !The Gallery is open every day from 10 til 6 with a late night opening on thursdays until 9 pm .

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My Silver Birch cushion on Katie Walker ‘s beautiful rocker .

My Silver Birch cushion on Katie Walker ‘s beautiful rocker .

Intaglio Prints by Rowena Ardern

small white egret

small white egret

Experimental print at the Mary Ward Centre over the past few weeks has been challenging but at last I feel I am getting somewhere . This is last weeks intaglio of a small white egret .The second print I added colour using the chin colle process but with fabric rather than paper as I have had problems finding good quality coloured tissue papers . It has worked well . The image is from a drawing I made at the Horniman Museum’s collection of taxidermy birds and animals in Forest Hill London .

White Egret with colour added

White Egret with colour added

Work at the Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester by Rowena Ardern

Exciting news! We’re going to be at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester from the 12th to the 31st of March for the @blue_patch Original Sustainable Department Store popup with  beautiful sustainable products all made here in the UK. We look forward to seeing you!


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Hand made one off applique and stitch cushions available at the Whitworth Art Gallery  Pop Up Shop Manchester from tuesday  .Individually priced from £60

Hand made one off applique and stitch cushions available at the Whitworth Art Gallery Pop Up Shop Manchester from tuesday .Individually priced from £60

Kew Borders and Silver Birch cushions by Rowena Ardern

Just in time for Christmas a beautiful new design to adorn your home my Kew Borders cushion , screenprint and notebook is available from Zenubian .Prints are also at Freds Cafe in Crofton Park .Both designs are now available from my website shop as cushions and digitally printed onto linen 45/ 45 cms at £60 including feather pad.

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Christmas Shopping by Rowena Ardern

Come and buy !! I shall be at St Peters Church Brockley SE41LT on saturday 24th November with my lovely goods individually hand made cushions , cards, embroidered tea cloths , lavender bags and my new designs !You can also find my silver birch tea towels and London and Bird notebooks at the `made in Brockley stand at Brockley Christmas Market Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 12 PM – 6 PM Coulgate Street, London, SE4 2.

An individual studio visit is also possible if you contact me on 07866591208 or email me at rowenaardern@googlemail.com with your order so come and buy !!

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Pop Up Shop Shoreditch by Rowena Ardern

For one week only you will be able to see and buy my Woodland Screen at the Espacio Gallery Shoreditch hosted by Bluepatch The Original Sustainable Department Store promises

“a fun packed week of sustainable shopping, free talks, workshops, socialising…Blue Patch’s store will be sparkling with beautiful, ethically made products, creative workshops, breakfast talks, pamper nights, bubbly drinks, delicious cakes and late night shopping to 9pm. Buy organic wellbeing products, Fair Trade jewellery, ethical fashion, designer lighting, handmade furniture, ceramics, gifts and toys. Ethical Shopping –  just in time for Christmas !”

Spring at Kew by Rowena Ardern

Although it was a long time coming when Spring finally arrived it did so with a flourish ! The blossom this year has been exceptional and at Kew Gardens the avenue leading to the restored Temperate House is lined with cherry trees underplanted with tulips , absolutely beautiful ! I painted this water colour on site in the sunshine so good to be able to be outside again .

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Peony and Goose by Rowena Ardern

For the last few weeks I have been busy in my studio working on a new design which is from a drawing at Kew Gardens (one of my favourite haunts} last spring . The background them is peonies . There is an amazing specimen bed at the edge of the walled garden with many different varieties . I was also lucky enough to  watch a heron bathing in the large pond . The process has taken a lot of sampling and both a paper and fabric version are at the printers as we speak 

Sampling , the design board .   

Sampling , the design board .

 

Applique on cotton the fabric version . 

Applique on cotton the fabric version . 

Mixed media on paper .

Mixed media on paper .