Welcome to my blog! I'm Vanessa Stone and I am a paper cutting artist living in the beautiful village of Bottesford in the Vale of Belvoir. I make hand cut collages to capture the pared down essence of England's amazing places, spaces & heritage around me. This blog will show you all sorts of things... workshops I have done, places that inspire me and things that grab my eye.....
See my work at : www.vanessastoneartist.com
I got the chance at long last to visit Fountains Abbey!
I got the chance to visit Fountain's Abbey at long last! I was very near visiting it about 30 years ago when I stayed nearby but couldn't get to visit. Tangibly near! What a beautiful place - even in the darker months, its a beautiful place. Its got a very particular feel to it. It feels enclosed and peaceful but full of echoes of the past. You can really sense it was a place of a lot of activity. A place of prayer and growing, commerce and making and visiting and interactions. It feels like all that is embedded in the grass and the buildings. I really loved it there. The bricks and masonry are so weathered. So layered and worn. I could have stayed there for hours, but I have to admit it was a bit chilly!! I could have done with a flask of hot chocolate or strong coffee. main thing though was to visit and I really hope I can again.