Sunday, 11 May 2008

Open Studio (Dulwich) - Donna Wilson

It's not just Brighton artists who are opening their doors in May. Donna Wilson is opening her studio this weekend and next to enable visitors to come and have a rummage through her selection of tea towels, cushions, blankets and creatures and other odd objects.

We've come across Donna Wilson's work in the flesh and on various websites over the past few years. She has a great website featuring her creations - friendly surreal animals such as the flesh eating Cannibdoll.

Donna graduated from the RCA in 2003 and has established herself as a leading designer in the country making her creatures as well well as other designs such as her large 'doily rug', her 'catterpillow'.

Her work is playful, tactile and bright, inspired by the everyday oddities and deformities of life. She likes to think of each of her creations as a character in her very own wonderland, where scale and perception are toyed with.

“The tactile quality of my work comes from my childhood spent in the Scottish countryside. It has had a strong influence on me both in my need for textural and organic forms. I enjoy using handcrafted techniques like felting, sewing, knitting and wrapping. My involvement with wool and felt allows me to create a closeness and cosiness that I want people to connect with.”

Unit C31a Parkhall Trading Estate,(3rd floor) 40 Martell Road, (entrance also from Robson Rd) London'SE21 8EN, tel/fax: +44 (0)208 6703377
parking available. Nearest overland BR: West Norwood, Buses: 322, 3, 196, 68, 468.
11am-6pm : 10-11 May & 17-18 May : visit for details of other open studios around Dulwich- there are 100's taking part.

In the studio next door is Michael Ruh who make beautiful hand blown glass and Louise Buchan who makes jewellery and leather bags and purses.

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