Just loving all the free courses that have been put on by the Chamber of Commerce for the Cumbria Rural Women’s Growth network. What is not to like… the presenters/trainers are all amazing, to name a few Maureen Colohan @Mindfully Slim Denise Conroy @Inglewood Hospitality, Justine Douglas @CTS Cumbria Training Services, Hazel Lanchbery, Alix Martin and of course there are more. I just feel very advantaged at present and do not understand why more business women or artists in Cumbria are not taking advantage of this offer. could you not just get yourself onto this list or Database as it is FREE for all rural business women not just those who are CoC members. See Cumbria Chamber of Commerce ’Growth Hub’.
Yesterday Justine helped me to see clearly the way that I was communicating, I think I knew but it is not one of those things that you really want to admit to I suppose, until someone holds a mirror up to your way of being. Also pics below of Denise Conroy and her goldilocks methods of pricing – a bit different from mine but similar concept! She kept us all engaged all day and managed to change a shakey strategy into a confident one.
Who knew women in Cumbria were so amazing we are hiding out light under a bushel. Some of these pics below show what an amazing time you can have on these courses. Featured also below is Catherynn Dunstan who is the organiser and has done a great job on this seminar series. Why aren’t all you Cumbrian business women linked to her and finding out when the next training session is in your town. I’ll be running a few more soon on ‘Transformation for Personal Success’ styling yourself and your brand with confidence. I have no pics for mine and I am behind the camera – as usual more comfortable that way – but Denise is a bit of a performer although I kept out all her really juicy shots. Just managed to get a Justine pic below as she was moving a bit too quickly to catch – that woman is a real highflyer- in more ways than one. Oh and the Remarkable Jennie Sutton !
Loving this ultra femine Elie Saab outfit, would love to suit pink and wear that next summer, meanwhile we can only hope the indian summer lasts a bit longer!
C-Art (Cumbrian Artists Open Studios 2013)
‘Little Bird Gallery’, Askham- Open Studios
Now that the Open studios is coming to a close, I thought I would write a little post as a means of feeding back to the organisers and the Broadhursts. I know it stands for Cumbria Artists Open Studios and originally with the -more than- sign > it referred to ‘seeing more art’. But as far as I am concerned over the last three weeks it has been a wonderful opportunity to connect with new clients and artists and reconnect with old ones.
I have made a wonderful new friend in Mara Broadhurst who runs the ‘Little Bird Gallery’ in Askham near Lowther Castle, Penrith, where I exhibited my hats over the C-Art period.
Mara’s background at VV Rouleaux and Laura Ashley decorators has given her a particular personal style that lends itself to a homely interior. She is brilliant at sourcing vintage and craft treasures, she is even offering customers a gift finding service for Xmas – irresistible. All the customers just seemed to want to stay and chat it is so friendly. I only managed to make a little bit of crochet and a corsage over the six days as they had such a stream of fascinating visitors, from all corners of the UK and beyond.
Stuart continually throws his teapots, tangines, cups and plates in a steadfast and technically perfect manner. He has perfected black and red glazes, which escapes many potters, he is just amazing as he persists continuously hour after hour. Mara and Stuart have adapted Holly House and barn and it is both a wonderful studio and a great example of a cozy Lake District property in a divine little busy village of Askham next to a lovely country pub. So if you need hand-made unusual Christmas presents and want to go far from the madding crowd – just head off there and have a wonderful day out. I am sure you if you have travelled far, Mara may even put the kettle on and tell you a lovely story about the work of a guest ceramicist or jeweller. Mara makes some of her own jewellery and is constantly, creating interesting little corners to investigate as the items disappear. The visitors left us some very positive feedback although many just want to have cultural tours and will probably return to shop later – for Christmas for instance. When you are trained to expect Contemporary Applied Art Galleries showing cutting edge work in white cube spaces – this rustic whitewashed space, with gorgeous yellow barn doors and flowers feels a little bohemian and quirky. But then what is Craft in Cumbria, hats and teapots especially if not a bit quirky, and it certainly gives people the feeling of being at home because it is obvious they really don’t want to leave. Personally, I am looking forward to going back to finish packing up next week, as Mara and her dog Juno have grown on me and I think although we did know each other before this fortnight has nutured a long and creative partnership to form, it is so good to find a kindred spirit.
I have also organised the ‘Contemporary Vision : 20 x 20 events’ which have helped me form very interesting new connections, e.g: Julia Wilmot and her Herdwick cheese and I have lots of new admiration for lots of Cumbrian artists I have never met before. I am looking forward to the last event on 4th Oct @ Rheged in the Gallery, for a final C-Art get together.
‘Celadon ware’ and my ‘Inner Strength’ corset (plus winged candle ;-)) Unique Red glazed teapots with luggage tags, balanced on old books and vintage units.
This is my new book out on Amazon Kindle just published.
This book has an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
Style chapter encourages you to work with your body shape and
love the body you have – dressing it and treating it in the best possible