I love living in this new house in Stevenage. having lived outside Stevenage for years, it's very different being in it, and I like it a lot. So much is easy here. It's such a warm house, its so light and the neighbours are friendly, and I can watch all sorts of people walk past the house. It's feels like a town with lots of activity, hussle-y and bustle-y. And look what's come out in the garden? gorgeous Autumn rose... and there is another one coming too, so I hope the cold weather doesn't finish it off. It's such a thing of beauty.
- Vanessa Stone
- I am a cut paper artist and I live in Arlesey, Bedfordshire. I'm originally from a small village outside Salisbury - Winterslow - in Wiltshire. I use a scalpel (and scissors too) to cut into single sheets of paper that I then layer from behind to create bold and striking images of buildings and places, expressing my love of the English landscape and the natural world about me.
Monday, 14 October 2013
It was lovely to go to the Wedding Open Day at The Priory Barn in Little Wymondley. I chatted to the other exhibitors - some stunning cakes! Wow, such detail and delicacy of the flowers on them... amazing. Oh! and the flower arrangements! So pretty! And lovely to show people the commissions I make for couples. It was my first attempt at driving too after the toe break... it felt very weird and is swollen up again now, but so good to get out and see people chatting and discussing their upcoming weddings. Its such a pretty place and has the most amazing Box trees in the grounds.... very, very old, probably about 800 years old. Made me think of all the people that have passed through the barn. The weddings yes, but all the worker who worked at the farm all those hundreds of years since...beer and a chunk of bread in the hot summer. It's a wonderful building.
|The Priory Barn Open day|
Saturday, 5 October 2013
This coming Sunday (Oct 13th 11am - 4pm) I will be taking part in the Open Day at The Priory Barn at Little Wymondley. I have produced a piece of work for the show that will be available to order as a greetings card/wedding invitation along with a selection of my "Art For Lovers" pieces. The Priory Barn is a wedding location that is rather spectacularly beautiful. Tucked away in the deepest Hertfordshire countryside, I have driven past it without knowing it was there for so many years! A wedding commission brought me to the place and a visit last week to have a look around so that I can make the original piece from was a real delight. The barn itself is magical - both inside and out, and there are some very, very old box trees in the grounds which I almost couldn't believe. So very beautiful. To marry there or hold a reception there would be a wonderful start to married life.
|The Priory Barn, Little Wymondley|
Thursday, 3 October 2013
Photo albums should probably come with a health warning. I have been sorting today, boxes that are lurking in the corner, boxes that have remained untouched since my move back in August. Lots of pictures are in the boxes... photos from at least the last 25 years or so. A broken toe meant I couldn't face more daytime telly today, so sitting on my bum with feet on a cushion I started looking through. So many memories - good and not so good - came flooding back. And I came across these...ones of me in the year or so after I graduated, designing rugs and working freelance designing printed textiles. So much seems to have happened. The Vanessa that is in these photos has no idea of what the future was that was coming. Would she have liked to know? Could I have saved myself some of the tears and the heartache? Probably not....time would have happened, history would have happened anyway so events would have happened even if they were not the same as the reality that did. All those experiences have made me the Vanessa that I am now, and for that I am glad.