Living where we now live is great for many reasons; the countryside, peace and quiet, nice neighbours etc etc etc – but also due to its proximity to so many lovely places.
Holmfirth is literally now only a couple of miles away – and is host to so many different festivals (music, food, drink, culture, arts & craft) as well as many other planned activities throughout the year. One of which is the Holmfirth Art Market, run by artists, for artists, to help promote their work to a wider audience. Over 90 designers, jewellers, artists, textilers and crafters congregate over two consecutive Sundays to display and sell their creative wares. The market happens twice a year and I always try to go as it’s a wonderful afternoon out; I’ve also been thinking of applying to have a stall myself!
This year, I was very pleased to meet a lovely young lady there called Gillian Lee Smith – a mixed media artist from Nottingham who sells paintings, sculptural characters and textile adornments; all of which she says are inspired by dreams, memories and the art of storytelling. You can see a link to her Etsy shop HERE.
I fell in love with several of her paintings and prints – although one, in particular, spoke to me entitled “The Heart That Cannot Be Hidden” which I couldn’t resist from buying from her stall! Want to see a photograph?
Isn’t she beautiful!
I am currently making the spare bedroom homely (for our guests) and this picture is perfect for the soft gold and white tones of the room – and greets us as soon as you walk into the space. I absolutely adore it – and it’s great to have something so contemporary in our home, other than our usual Victoriana! (Although, I guess that’s why I like the subject of this however!) Gillian’s friend also makes the frames.
(photos courtesy of Gillian’s Etsy shop).