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2010 Arts Festival kicks off today with the Handmade Parade

June 26, 2010

Arts Festival promo booklet cover

Arts Festival promo booklet cover

Sitting at home this evening, looking over the beautiful valley I live in as the thunderstorm approaches, it is hard to believe that Hebden Bridge was basking in both sunshine and glory this afternoon as the Handmade Parade made its way from St George’s Square to Calder Holmes Park.

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

For those of you reading this that don’t really know much about Hebden Bridge, our Handmade Parade is a community-generated parade led by local artists which celebrates the creativity, variety and the uniqueness of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire and its surrounding areas.

Hebden Rainbow - photograph by Nigel Hillier, local and internationally acclaimed photographer

Hebden Rainbow - photograph by Nigel Hillier, local and internationally acclaimed photographer

As an area fiercely proud of its local character our parade is not your average small town parade. So many people visited today; the streets were full, the sun shone and the music sang out.

2010 Handmade Parade Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is a community event about art not advertisement:

There are no written words or logos and no motorised vehicles, only passionate people and a bespoke not-for-profit community interest company made up of local artists and professional organisers.

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

The Handmade Parade is a truly  awe-inspiring parade, in which around 650 people wear the fantastic costumes and carry the spectacular parade art made in open parade art workshops and outreach sessions for schools and other community groups.

I was so happy to sneak out of Heart Gallery for 20 minutes to watch some of this today!

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

For more information please visit

http://www.hebdenbridgeparade.org/about_us.html

where I am sure in the not too distant future there will be a gallery of more beautiful pictures from our 2010 Handmade Parade.

In the meantime I hope you have enjoyed the few snaps I took today and … of course … I know we shall see you next year!

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge 2010 Handmade Parade

One piece of beautiful jewellery and two beautiful ladies tie the knot!

October 3, 2009
Friday 11th September and the sun was certainly shining on these two lovely ladies for their wedding day as Mel decided to make an honest woman of Sue!


Sue is a regular exhibitor at Heart Gallery with her delicate boxes hand-built from porcelain clay slabs. Sue’s pieces are fired twice in her old re-conditioned front-loading kiln. She has tried various clay body and glaze combinations, but has settled on a French porcelain called Limoges, and a transparent glaze which is silky to the touch, and enhances the cleanness of the lines and form. All Sue’s work is food-safe and waterproof.

Sue Candy

Sue Candy

Mel contributes enormously to The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade which is a community-generated parade led by local artists which celebrates the creativity, variety and the uniqueness of Hebden Bridge and its surrounding areas. As an area fiercely proud of its local character, and apparently internationally known for its funkiness, the Hebden Bridge parade is not your average small town parade so Mel should be proud of its achievements the last two years.
handmade parade  2009

handmade parade 2009

handmade parade 2009

Sue and Mel came down to see me a few days before their civil ceremony and reception at The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey to find something suitable for Mel to wear around her neck that would remain a classic piece worn time and time again. They both knew the type of thing they wanted and as soon as they saw Hannah Souter’s range from my ACJ exhibition, Cambridge they knew that they had found ‘the one’.


Hannah’s work is strongly influenced by her love of organic forms, in particular seed pods and buds. Comprising of hand press formed and individually fabricated units, her jewellery combines subtle surface textures and contrasting finishes to create unique pieces of fine jewellery. Heart Gallery was proud that Hannah wanted to showcase her work in Hebden Bridge with the Cambridge branch of The Association of Contemporary Jewellery.

H Souter -Textured large dome ring

H Souter -Textured large dome ring

Hannah Souter - Textured dome pendants

Hannah Souter - Textured dome pendants

Sue and Mel had just a fabulous day, everything was perfect, and this close up of them proves that … and also shows how perfect Hannah’s pendant was around Mel’s neck.

Sue and Mel

Sue and Mel


Heart Gallery sends heartfelt love and best wishes to Sue and Mel for a happy and joyous life together. xXx

Hebden Bridge Open Studio Weekend and Arts Festival

July 5, 2009

An annual highlight for the Calder Valley, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival brings the best national and international artists and performers to the area each summer for a celebration of comedy, music, dance, drama, literature and visual arts.

The 2009 Festival will run from Friday  June 26 to Sunday July 12 and promises to be another fortnight of dazzling and diverse performances.

Here is a link to the exhibitions that are running during this time so we hope to see you in Hebden Bridge soon:

http://www.hebdenbridge.co.uk/festival/2009/events/exhibitions

Handmade Parade 2009

Handmade Parade 2009

Handmade Parade 2009

Handmade Parade 2009

Handmade Parade 2009

Handmade Parade 2009

Handmade Parade 2009

Handmade Parade 2009


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