Monday, 12 November 2012

Nottingham Festival of Words

We were very excited to launch the Nottingham Festival of Words at Debbie Bryan’s Studio & Shop on the 18th October. Being a designer who is very inspired by the proud heritage of Nottingham's Lace Market, Debbie is collaborating with several local artists and writers to explore their inspiration, and how narrative can be visually represented in craft, art and design.

Taking place under the LACE:HERE:NOW season, the Nottingham Festival of Words is an event celebrating literature, design and creativity, and Debbie’s contribution is running from 18th October 2012 to 7th April 2013.

The atmosphere was electric as Peter Clayton from the Leicester Print Workshop conjured up curiosity with the creative potential of this festival and gave a preview of the great work to come.

Debbie Bryan and the Leicester Print Workshop will be showcasing the prints of three artists; Sally Hill, Peter Clayton and Sat Kalsi whose works are inspired by the LACE:HERE:NOW season and the theme of love. The connection between art and words can be seen in the collections by Phiona Richards of Rare Notions, Emma Bamford of Penelope Ruth, and Hannah Lobley of Paperwork.

Debbie will also be collaborating with The Bookcase during this festival and presenting books which have been written in, or inspired by, Nottingham. Every month the creative theme will be directed towards a different source of inspiration; transport, sport, writers, architecture and food.

Two Altered Book workshops will be held on Saturday 16th February 2013 by Manon de Moor, which intend help you to make a very personal journal/travel-book/diary out of an old hardback book, together with an introduction on how to create a poem or text based on the festival's 'Love, Lace and Letters' theme. These workshops will be held 10 - 1pm and 2-5pm and cost just £30.

There will also be a pop-up Tea Room in Debbie Bryan’s Studio & Shop on 15th February. Author and light designer Lucy Renshaw will be in the studio constructing some of her colourful and quirky lamp shades. If you’re coming into town on route to see poet Alice Oswald’s most recent work; Memorial, at the Lakeside Arts Centre, visit Debbie Bryan’s Studio & Shop to warm up with a pot of tea. Surrounded by the works of fantastic designers, as well as lace tablecloths and bone china, our pop-up tea room is a great way to begin a superb evening of poetry.

In addition to all of this, presentations will be given by award-winning environmental paper artist Hannah Lobley and acclaimed printmaker Peter Clayton in Nottingham Trent University’s Newton building, lecture theatre 6, Saturday 16th at 10am. Both artists will be describing the inspiration behind their work, a showcase of which will also be on display in the Newton foyer.

We hope to see you excited, inspired and fascinated as the Nottingham Festival of Words reveals the narrative behind the creation and production of these beautiful design collections.

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