On Sunday evening, when the last of our many visitors had said their goodbyes and ventured out into the crispy covering of snow, there was suddenly a beautiful stillness in the room. In this cosy hush I could feel the air buzzing with all the good vibrations that everyone had left for us. It felt lovely.
And what a beautiful weekend for it. Frost and sunshine on the Saturday and a covering of snow on the Sunday making it feel very Christmassy indeed.
On Friday afternoon Print Bureau came and fitted my sign and it felt like the finishing touch. I am here! This is my studio!
On Saturday morning the lamps were lit, the garlands strung and I had picked up my copy of The Yorkshire Post where Hebden Bridge Open Studios had a lovely feature.
Ffion asked me 'so are you open?'
I was ready!
Pretty soon the place was full of people;
old friends, seasoned customers and people discovering my work for the first time.
People brought such cheer and congratulations. Lots of people know the journey I'd been on to get here after the fire and were so pleased to see me settled back in the heart of Hebden Bridge. They were also curious to see the transformation from old garage to new studio.
I also invited my Friday employee Hannah Shkandrij to exhibit some of her beautiful embroidery. She filled the air with the scent of lavender from her sachets, which blended with the scent of mulled wine. Mmmmm.
She brought her embroidered clothing too.
As dusk fell it got so cosy inside.
and it looked so inviting from the outside.
Nobody wanted to leave, myself included.
I'm still basking in the afterglow. It was such a wonderful weekend and a really beautiful affirmation of how far we've come. I love my new space and I am so glad to be surrounded by such lovely people.
Thanks to Domenique and Hannah for all their hard work, thanks to Ffion for helping serve the mulled wine, thanks to the open studio team for drawing the crowds to Hebden Bridge on a wintry weekend and a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came through our doors. It was lovely to see you all.
The studio is now well and truly 'warmed'.
P.s. We are usually working in the studio Monday to Friday and you are welcome to visit but it'd be lovely if you let us know you are coming first so we can make sure we are in and ready for you. It's a working studio, rather than a shop so please take us as you find us. In the new year I'm going to properly OPEN on a Saturday once a month. I'll tidy up and get everything out so you can see it properly. If you'd like to be informed of those dates you can check on my 'contact' page nearer the time or sign up to my mailing list. Thank you x