Have you ever watched Toy Story and thought that mutant toys were awesome? Lindfield Arts Festival 2017 will give you the opportunity to bring an old toy to a Toy Hacking Workshop on 9th September and make it new. Everything will be supplied but you are encouraged to start saving your old toys to transform them into hybrids. Children can turn abandoned, tired and unloved toys into downright bonkers and truly unique creations. Lindfield Arts Festival will have a stand on Village Day where there will be a collection point for old toys to be hacked during the Festival! Special sponsorship packages are available if your business would like to contribute to the local community Festival. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Stix: 07868 879084 for more information.
A guest blog by Terry, a local jewellery designer, who will be joining us in the King Edward Hall on Saturday for the Arts & Crafts show…
I design and make silver jewellery using semi precious stones and pearls. I use silver wire or sheet which I cut, texture and form into the finished piece.
I have been for several years a member of the Adur Art Collective. I have exhibited in Brighton Open Houses and the Ox Market Gallery in Chichester. Some of my pieces are on display in The Gallery in Shoreham.
Please come visit me at Lindfield Arts Festival. I look forward to seeing you there!
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September
King Edward Hall
Arts & Crafts Fayre, Womens Institute and David Hill’s Photographic Exhibition
Talent local artists and crafts people showcasing their work
More information about some of our exhibitors for 2015…
- Julia Vokes is a local independent Phoenix Trader covering the Lindfield and Mid Sussex areas with quality greetings cards and stationery at sane prices. Also all of Phoenix’s lovely cards are printed in the UK thus supporting the British printing industry. Julia can also do ‘at home’ parties or craft fairs and has helped many people to raise funds for their chosen charity or good cause. All of Julia’s profits are donated St Peter & St James Hospice for the great work they do in our community. www.cardsfromjulia.co.uk
- Claire Harsant offers bespoke textile design services, upholstery, roman blinds, soft furnishings and curtain making services. Hand-printed fabrics are made into beautiful cushions and home ware. Claire also has ladies silk and cotton scares and Ear Wings© ear cuffs crafted from 925 sterling silver and 14 ct gold with Swarovski© crystals and pearls. Unique earrings that wiggle up your ear creating an exciting new look! www.potterandmooch.co.uk
- Elizabeth Worrall Bailey uses mainly her hands and fingers when painting making Elizabeth’s popular paintings individually unique. Elizabeth has studied art at college, taught in local schools, and sells her art work internationally. The pictures below are original paintings by Elizabeth and will be available for sale as prints and cards at the Festival, along with a selection of other designs. She will also be working with CHEC (Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre) the local printing company to produce prints and cards for the LAFF. For commissions, cards and prints email: email@example.com
We are now full for both Arts and Crafts exhibitions in 2015.
To register your interest in future festivals, please contact us using the form below.
Make your own unique cake stand on Saturday at SWALK from 12pm to 3pm. Don’t miss the opportunity.
And a big thank you to all the SWALKERS for being our Box Office. We couldn’t do the Festival without you.
Come and watch Tom Goulden create an amazing graffiti installation during the day. He will be at the south end of the High Street.
This year’s Lindfield Arts Festival is loosely connected to the 175th Anniversary Celebrations of Haywards Heath Railway coming to the area and as such the Tom Goulden will be making a graffiti board and decorating a truck to accompany the procession on Sunday 18th September 2016 from the Station to Victoria Park.
Tom is also running a couple of workshops.
A Guest Blog by Discover & Be.
Looking for a fun, interactive event for you and your children at this year’s festival?
Join the Discover & Be team for a jam-packed session of multisensory messy play, music and more! There will be a host of activities all based around the fantastic – and highly topical! – theme of trains and transport.
The session will be full of engaging and entertaining activities suitable for children from 6 months – 4 years old (although older siblings are more than welcome!):
- Get busy in our small world cereal construction site with railway track
- Do some super messy painting using the wheels of a car
- Build your own train track
- Clamber across our stepping stones, and take a crawl through the tunnel
- Take a selfie in our Thomas the Tank Engine photobooth
- Learn your shapes and colours as you create your own colourful train
- Sing some terrific transport tunes
- Hear the story of The Runaway Train by Benedict Blathwayt
All Discover & Be sessions (held weekly in Cuckfield, Scaynes Hill, Newick and Portslade) are packed with creative, hands-on learning experiences, music and movement, imaginative play and expressive messy play. Come along and join in the fun!
In the meantime, why not try out some of these fun transport-related activities at home?
If you’ve got a bit of space inside, or the weather is still being kind, grab some bubble wrap and make a fab bubble wrap runway, ideal for zooming cars, trains, any other wheeled toy you might have or, indeed, feet! Of course, the bubbles make a great noise as they’re burst all in all making it super sensory fun. Check out the instructions courtesy of Hands On As We Grow.
If your children are into imaginative role playing an activity like this one will keep them happy: this is an airplane sensory bin (although you can adapt it to whatever toys you have at home).
Check out the instructions on the link above or just get creative with whatever is lying around at home. As you can see, this sensory pit has coloured rice and cotton wool clouds, but there are other ways of creating an activity like this:
- How about a water based one complete with boats?
- Or maybe a construction site equipped with diggers?
- Here’s another example of a sensory construction site and shows how you can use bits and bobs from around the house (namely a tray from the shed and some pasta in this case!).
Finally, back to some more art and craft ideas, all based around trains:
- This sponge painting idea is great for younger children
- If you’ve some shoe boxes lying around, how about making this train ready to transport all your favourite toys?
- Need a (naughty but nice) snack after all the fun? Take some inspiration from this suggestion…
Hopefully these ideas have inspired you to have a go at home but do come down and join in the session on the 17th September from 4-5pm. We look forward to meeting you!
Discover & Be run multisensory messy play sessions every week in Scaynes Hill (Monday), Newick (Tuesday), Cuckfield (Friday) and Portslade (Friday). Discover & Be, through their team of experienced primary school teachers and a music specialist, also offer private academic and music tuition, and organise themed parties for children. Find them online:
At the information point, in the High Street, come and admire Clare and Emma’s handiwork. The lanterns of withy and tissue will be displayed alongside the graffiti installation on Sunday 18th September.
A range of local arts & crafts people will be exhibiting and selling their work in the King Edward Hall, Saturday 17th September. Look out for the youngest talent to exhibit, Elliott Pryor and understand how art has helped and supported him most recently.
More information about our exhibitors:
Berry and the Bear: specialise in ethical gifts and homeware. From the stunning recycled aluminium tableware range to mango wood chests, each piece is made from sustainable resources. The skilled craftspeople who hand-make their products all experience fair terms and conditions (most work for Fairtrade organisations). Their passion for nature and humanity is reflected in the beautiful pieces. Online store www.berryandthebear.co.uk or please Katy should you have an enquiry firstname.lastname@example.org
Cecilia Wiseman: has worked with fabrics for a long time, she’s very enthusiastic about her creations and is always looking for new ideas, practical and different designs and quirky fabrics. Cecilia’s handmade products include handbags made with different selected fabrics, cushion covers, kindle and I-pad cases, wash bags, draft excluders and door stoppers, tea cosies, aprons and small gifts. There’s also have a limited selection of small leather accessories: small wallets, glass cases, key rings and purses.
Chapman’s Aromatics: make a handcrafted range of life enhancing products with herbs and essential oils, including: soap; bath salts and melts, balms, creams, aromatic sachets; pomanders and pot pourri. http://www.chapmansaromatics.com/
Comfort Cushions: Avril has lived Burgess Hill for 17yrs, having retired 5yrs ago, she was looking something to do… as Avril always loved sewing it was the way to go; and Comfort Cushions was born. She makes fabric Teddy Bears for babies to adults, cushion in several sizes and designs with names if required and baby gift packs and other smaller gifts. After the festival, you can see her work at two outlets in Burgess Hill, Upmarket 22 and Mable’s Emporium. email@example.com
Elizabeth Worrall Bailey: Enjoys capturing the beauty, vibrant colours, textures, and peaceful feelings invoked by nature in her art work. Elizabeth uses mainly her hands and fingers when painting making Elizabeth’s popular paintings individually unique. Elizabeth has studied art at college, taught in local schools, and sells her art work internationally. She will be working with CHEC (Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre) the local printing company to produce prints and cards for the LAF. For commissions, cards, coasters and prints firstname.lastname@example.org
Elliot Pryor: Elliot’s talent for Art was only discovered about 18 months ago when he was able to participate in a Sensory Art Session. Art has been a massive help to Elliot as he has Asperger’s Syndrome. Being able to express himself through his art has been a fabulous release to his anxiety which can affect his life so significantly. Elliot is 12 years old and is a learner at LVS Hassocks. For further information, please contact email@example.com.
Exclusively 4U/Picket Post: Founded in 1988, trading as Picket Post. Producing individual pieces of hand crafted jewellery using semi-precious stones, pearls and crystals. Including necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings and rings, all at reasonable prices. Many pieces have Sterling Silver clasps and all come in a presentation box or organza bag. Special commissions and remedial work undertaken, including restringing of pearls and jewellery cleaning. Located in Lindfield close to The Witch, for more details contact Janice Brooks on 01444 413958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgina Lillywhite Designs: Bespoke keepsake jewellery capturing fingerprints, baby hand and footprints and pets paw prints in silver. Handcrafted from fine silver 999, sterling silver 925, rose and gold vermeil, and precious gemstones, bracelets, necklaces and earrings and handcrafted. A % of sales are donated to Meningitis Now. www.georginalillywhitedesigns.co.uk
Julia Vokes is a local independent Phoenix Trader covering the Lindfield and Mid Sussex areas with quality greetings cards and stationery at sane prices. All of Phoenix’s lovely cards are printed in the UK thus supporting the British printing industry. Julia can also do ‘at home’ parties or craft fairs and has helped many people to raise funds for their chosen charity or good cause. All of Julia’s profits are donated St Peter & St James Hospice for the great work they do in our community. www.cardsfromjulia.co.uk
Mary Norris: is a local home baker, making homemade preserves using locally sourced and grown ingredients and traditional style home made cakes. To order or contact Mary, 01273 843718, email@example.com
Sage Ceramics: Yvonne is a potter based in Storrington, West Sussex working from her home studio producing wheel thrown functional ware using white earthenware clay, which is hand decorated with coloured underglazes. Designs are fresh and uncomplicated using a soft pallet of colour and are inspired by the countryside. Website: http://www.sageceramics.co.uk/, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sageceramics, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Skinner Designs: Jamie Skinner is 23 years old and recently started his business in Lindfield. With a love of wood and eye for design, Jamie produces a selection of handmade bespoke wooden products, from unique, hard-wearing end grain Chopping Boards to Designer Chairs and Watch Boxes. Many items are available in a variety of sizes, designs and species of wood to suit your requirements. Website: www.skinnerdesigns.co.uk, Email: SkinnersDesigns@gmail.com, Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SkinnerDesign, Blog: www.skinnerdesigns.blogspot.co.uk
Terry Guile: Terry designs and makes silver jewellery using semi-precious stones and pearls. Using silver wire or sheet which is cut, texture and form into the finished piece. Terry was brought up locally on a farm on the South Downs just outside of Brighton and now lives in a village in near Steyning. www.terryguile.com
Vanilla Pod Designs: by Kathy Thoms offers a variety of handmade bags, concentrating on mixing different patterns and textures so that each bag is unique. Also on offer is handmade jewellery, many of the sets using semi-precious stones.
While Darcey Sleeps: Karen Lorenz set up her company While Darcey Sleeps in 2015, so called because Karen’s puppy Darcey would only let her work when she slept! Karen paints commissioned pet portraits, makes felt ornaments and greetings cards. Read her blog and view works at www.whiledarceysleeps.com and www.facebook.com/whiledarceysleeps
Images used with permission from our artists, please do not replicate without their agreement. Thank you.
18th – 20th September 2015
The 2015 LAF Team, led by myself, have now had time to sit down and evaluate the 2015 Lindfield Arts Festival.
With a small team and despite no dedicated artistic director, we can say that this year’s contained Festival was a resounding success in more ways than one. We have had consistently good feedback from those connected to the Festival, performers and local residents, most of whom attended. There was a varied, exciting programme which, with the back drop of Lindfield’s iconic High Street, showcased local talented actors, musicians, dancers, authors, artists and more.
Once again Lindfield Arts Festival is very grateful to their commercial sponsors particularly Barratt Homes, the charity support from local Rotary groups, Lindfield Preservation Society and The Comber Trust, local District and Parish Councils’ grant funding, Friends of the Festival and local traders that enabled the Festival to go ahead by providing the necessary financial support.
In practical terms, there are a host of thank-you’s to be offered to the army of volunteers including the hard-working Team LAF 2015 for their practical help before, during and after the Festival days’ events. We were delighted that the Lindfield Bonfire Society were able to provide much needed refreshments for the record number of people attending the Arts & Crafts displayed in the King Edward Hall.
We very much appreciated your support this year, and hope that we can look forward to your continued interest for the 2016 Lindfield Art Festival.
Chairman of the Trustees