Last weekend was Totterdown’s Front Room Arts Trail and what a weekend! I joined forces with printmaker Abi Coombs who runs the artist collective Free Wifi Make Art and bravely opened her house up to the public for the weekend. Also showing their work with us was ceramicist Rosy Pearson, painter Jusefa Charlamow, jewellery maker Judith Pearson and fine artist Ian Barnes. We filled every space on the walls with artwork from the living room, all the way through the hallway and up the stairs onto the landing too!
Abi also made an amazing selection of cakes and jams and her partner Paul made some delicious bollos prenaos and sausage rolls. We had lots of mulled wine on offer and the fire lit to keep everyone toasty. The house felt really homely and inviting and we were all amazed at how busy the weekend was with barely a single moment without any visitors looking around.
On the Sunday we had Bristol graffiti artist Mr. Draws come join us to paint a wall mural in the back garden. He created this cute storybook inspired design of an elephant and a dog. It was great to see how the mural progressed throughout the day.
I’m so glad I took part in the trail as it turned out to be a major success for everyone involved. To anyone considering taking part in one of Bristol’s many art trails I would certainly recommend trying to get together a few people to make the house feel full of lots to see and so that you’re able to share the load as there is a lot of work involved in setting up and talking to people all day. Playing some music and having food and drink on offer certainly seemed to help people feel a little more welcome as it can sometimes feel intimidating wondering into a stranger’s home.
I’m absolutely knackered now but getting myself prepared for next Saturday when I’ll be selling at the Made In Bristol Gift Fair at Colston Hall this time. It’s the only other Christmas event I’ll be selling at in Bristol this year so make sure to catch me there! The fair will be on 10am – 4pm.