It was the inspiration for the house in my piece 'Once upon a Time' (below)
I've taken photographs of the outside of the house and posted them on here previously, but today, as part of 'Hastings Old Town Carnival Week', we got to see the candle-lit interior, as it was open to the public for one day only.
This Tudor house on three levels was originally built in the 16th Century, and was recently renovated by Alistair Hendy, (who also owns a a quirky home-ware shop in Hastings)
Here are some photos from a workshop I led this week at Charleston House, former home of The Bloomsbury Group, and now a historical house/museum in Lewes, East Sussex. I'd never visited Charleston before, but I have to say, it is magical place, in the middle of nowhere, it is so peaceful. I can see why the Bloomsbury Group were attracted to it. I'll admit I have always been quite ignorant of 'The Bloomsbury Group', but having a guided tour around the house, opened my eyes to what an established painter Vanessa Bell was, and how (I would say) she is overshadowed by her sister 'Virginia Woolf'. The house and gardens emit a wonderful calming ambiance, perhaps helped by the fact that it was a beautiful sunny day on the day of my workshop . I was invited to run a one-day workshop based on the house and garden, and it's famous inhabitants. Below are photos of the students working on their paper-cut projects.
The students created some really lovely work, bearing in mind some of them had never used a scalpel or done any paper cutting before.
Drawings and printed illustrations were cut and pasted onto several frames, which were built up in layers, and then framed inside a wooden box frame.
Inspiration came from the house, gardens, and from text in Virginia Woolf's books.
Some of the gardens at Charleston House.
I'll be running another workshop at Charleston on Monday 7th November