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Artist Exhibition: Colin Veitch

flower screen print

Colin in his studioFrom Monday 10th January to 28th February 2014 Colin Veitch will be exhibiting ‘Plants, Places and Pets’, a mixed media prints and painting exhibition.

The show will consist of screen prints, collographs, monoprints and dry point prints, an oil and some acrylics.

Colin told us a little about his history and experience:

1969-1980 Theatre ‘’set and costume design career’’ began at the Connaught in Worthing in two weekly repertory and ended at The Royal National Theatre, London via a stint with the BBC Television at Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham;  Basil Brush show, The Brothers, Pebble Mill at One just a few of the many thousands of productions I painted.

The next ten years saw me grafting  in the world of feature films; hiring theatrical props for dressing sets from Out of Africa, Passage to India, Raiders of the Lost Ark to several James Bond features.

With the dawn of the 1990s the film industry in the UK was in the doldrums, a change of direction was required and I became a Civil Servant with The British Council  Contemporary Art Collection in visual Arts Division, based in London. This was until along came a position with a company called John Lewis Partnership who sought a Social Secretary 1996-2013. Here, I arranged the social activities for Partners (employees) from trips abroad to local football matches to major corporate events such as Seaside Special-hiring a steam train running from London’s Victoria station to Weymouth in 2006 or buying out one of London’s West End Theatres – musical Mary Poppins. Everything was heavily subsidised and Partners paid a fraction of the real costs. It’s true John Lewis Partners get superb benefits however very few of them actually take up the generous offers.

I retired in March of this year and returned to my love, painting. I have spent the year either demonstrating my painting techniques in HobbyCraft venues at Northampton , Milton Keynes and Stevenage or lecturing to the Women’s Institute. My art portfolio has developed this year, as I have attended several print study courses the Curwen at Chilford Hall in Cambridgeshire. I will be continuing these studies into 2014.

Full but empty studio Chris Veitch


Scrap & Yap Papercraft

Meet friends, get creative and have lots of fun along the way at the Scrap & Yap Papercraft club!

This article is reproduced by kind permission of ‘Quick cards made Easy‘ magazine, where it recently featured as club of the month.

Set up in 2007, the Scrap & Yap Papercraft club soon made a name for itself as a great place to get together for a friendly craft session. Susan Finch Noyes, who started the club with her friend, Sarah, explains: “We wanted to meet like-minded people and share our skills and stash. We started as a scrapbooking group, but found more and more people wanted to make cards. Now we mainly focus on card making, with some scrapbooking mixed in!”

The club meet on the last Friday of each month from 10.30am-1pm and there are anything between six and 15 members at each session. It costs £2 to attend, which includes all materials. “Every session, myself or Sarah will demonstrate a technique like stamping, quilling and embossing, or we’ll make a card based on a theme like men’s cards or animals. Then it’s eyes down and off we go! Often we use Quick Cards as inspiration – we recently had a go at making the 3D fold-out flower cards from Issue 90, which we really enjoyed,” says Susan.

Example scrapbook entryThrough their shared love of craft, members have become firm friends. “Occasionally, we’ll have a meal together after the meeting. Friendships have flourished outside the club, too. Margaret, a member who lives on a narrowboat and knows a lot about being tidy in a small space, has bravely taken on the task of helping Sarah become tidier!” Susan laughs. “Margaret is now fondly known as the bedroom inspector and visits Sarah once a week to encourage her!”

The club also welcomes new members with open arms, as Susan explains: “One of the best things is watching beginners develop and gain confidence. One member, Jill, recently finished a scrapbook album for her daughter who’s getting married, and another, Linda, made an album for her daughter who has Cerebral Palsy. New members quickly settle in because the club is very friendly and relaxed, and everyone is so welcoming.”

Find out more: If you’d like to join the Scrap & Yap Papercraft club, call Susan on 07772901535 or Sarah on 07833 737851 or email them at scrapandyap.group@googlemail.com

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