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7 June 2022

Warwickshire Open Studios 2022

Hi there,

Warwickshire Open Studios Summer Art Weeks is fast approaching and after the last couple of years this should be a really exciting event with over 400 artists taking part across 149 venues showing lots of diverse and beautiful art.  

This year I will be exhibiting at two venues. The first is at St John’s Church in Kenilworth with Kenilworth Artists. The second is at St Nicholas house, 30 Willes Rd, Leamington Spa exhibiting alongside painter Janette George, photographer David Chantrey, jeweller Vicky Noyes, printmaker Alix Almond and introducing Katy Walden who is one of this year’s WOS bursary winners.  

Both venues will be holding private views and we would be delighted if you could make it to one or both of these events. 

Kenilworth Artists Private View,  Friday 17th June 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm, St John’s Church, Warwick Rd, Kenilworth.

Art at St Nicholas House Private View, Thursday 23rd June between 7:00pm – 9:00pm, 30 Willes Road, Leamington Spa, CV31 1BN 

Further information is available at www.wostudios.org for all the opening times and info about what is on show throughout the county. 

Many thanks.

Jacqui x

24 March 2022

Take 5 Art Exhibition

Come and take a browse at the work of 5 Artists from Kenilworth showing their paintings, textiles and beautiful glass together at East Lodge Gallery in Leamington Spa.  The show runs from the 6th of April through to the 1st of May.

Take 5 Art Exhibition with Leamington Studio Artists.
East Lodge, Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa.
6th April-1st May Wednesday to Sunday

4 March 2022

Felting Workshops Spring/Summer 2022

My latest set of felting workshops for this year are now available to book. Full information can be found on my workshops page.


Felting larger vessels or bucket bags

Thursday 10th March, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

£58.00 per person


Nuno Felting

Thursday 24th March and Friday 6th May, Time: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

£58.00 per person


Beautiful Bowls

Thursday 28th April and Thursday 19th May, Time: 10.00 am – 1.30 pm

£45.00 per person


Needle felting images

Thursday 5th May, Time: 10.00 am – 1.15 pm

£40.00 per person


Wet felting simple images Starter/refresher.

Saturday 7th May, 10.00 am – 1.15 pm

£40.00 per person


Making Mondays

Monday 9th May and Monday 13th June, 10.30am – 2.30 pm

£20.00 per person

13 January 2022

Felting Workshops Spring 2022

Beautiful Bowls

Friday 21st January and Thursday 3rd March, Time: 10.00 am – 1.30 pm

£45.00 per person

(Both these classes are now full. More bowl making workshops to be announced from April onwards).

Learn how to make a simply shaped bowl using the wet felting technique in the colours of your choice. In this class you will be working with woollen batts which are much coarser than fine Merino tops. Batts are perfect for 3D work such as bowls and are also excellent for use when needle felting. You will be shown how to layer your batts round a strong plastic resist and given step by step instructions on how to wet, shape and finish your bowl ready to take home.


Nuno Felting

Saturday 29th January. Time: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

£58.00 per person

Learn how to make a beautiful scarf using the Nuno felting technique. You will be shown how to work fabulous Merino fibres, silks, and interesting threads through a silk chiffon scarf and by adding warm soapy water and a little elbow grease the fibres will begin to migrate through the chiffon and eventually felt. You will be sure to take home an accessory to be proud of in the colours and design of your choice.


Making Days

Monday 7th February and Monday 7th March, Time: 10.30 am – 2.30 pm

£20.00 per person

A day to come and share the studio space and use of equipment with fellow textile lovers and felt makers. It may be time to start a new project or bring something that you are already working on. You may need some advice on how to finish it off or whether it needs embellishment. I will be on hand to share knowledge and answer questions on felting, stitching and other techniques and will also have fibres, wool and needles that you can buy if needed.


Needle felting images

Saturday 12th February, Time: 10.00 am – 1.15 pm

£40.00 per person

Suitable for beginners or those who have experience. I will be teaching the technique of needle felting which is great fun to do and easy to learn.

In this session you will create a small panel of felt using pre dyed Merino wool tops, woollen batts and other interesting fibres.

All materials will be provided which will include your felting sponge, wool and fibres plus 3 needles. I will have extra needles for purchase on the day if needed.


Felting larger vessels or bucket bags

Thursday 17th February and Thursday 10th March

Time: 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

£58.00 per person

Using a very similar technique to our beautiful bowl making, this class will be a little more advanced and will give you the chance to work on something slightly larger using the wet felting technique. You will be shown how to layer your batts round a strong plastic resist and given step by step instructions on how to wet, shape and finish your vessel and form handles if you choose to make a bag.

Please note some felting knowledge is required for this class. 


Venue for all workshops: 96 Leamington Rd, Kenilworth, CV8 2AA

All materials are included for every workshop, but you will need to bring a large towel to cover your working area and a pair of rubber gloves for wet felting.

Refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own lunch if you are attending a full day workshop.

If you would like to book a class, please email me with the date you would like to come, and I will send you an invoice for payment. All classes must be paid in full to secure your place.  Jacqui.a.smithson@gmail.com   

7 June 2021

WOS Summer Art Weeks 2021

I’m very excited to announce that it is nearly time for Warwickshire Open Studios (https://www.warwickshireopenstudios.org/) . This year I will be exhibiting at 3 different venues so hopefully, you will be able to catch me at one of them if not all of them. 

On the 19th and 20th of June, I will be exhibiting alongside 8 fabulous artists and makers at Art on the Lawn at Leamington tennis and squash club. We also have two emerging artists joining us for the weekend.

25th – 27th June and 2nd – 4th July sees me at Art at St Nicholas House exhibiting with five other artists in the most wonderful venue in Leamington Spa.

25th  June – 4th July I will be part of the Kenilworth Artists exhibition. We are a group of 20 artists showing our work at St John’s Church in Kenilworth.

 I hope you will be able to pay us a visit. We are all thrilled to be able to show you our new work and we are looking forward to seeing you in person. All restrictions will be in place according to government guidelines at the time. 

23 March 2021

Summer Art Weeks

There are lots of plans being made and ideas bubbling under the surface at the moment. Watch this space for more information coming soon or check out my Instagram feed: jacqui_smithson and my Facebook page: Jacqui Smithson Art for regular updates.

I will be exhibiting alongside some fabulous Artists this year at 3 different venues during the Summer event. art_on_the_lawn_2021, Art @ St Nicholas House and Kenilworth Artists at St Johns.

2 January 2021

Happy New Year, Happy New Makes

A new year brings new beginnings. This year as well as creating new textile artwork I will be working on some beautiful new felt bowls which can be filled with simple grasses or your favourite plant. They can, of course simply stand alone.

Pretty felted bowls filled with greenery.

Bowls can be made to order in a range of greys, blues and soft naturals to match your decor and range from £15 to £40 depending on size and shape. Please use the contact page to make an enquiry.

Handfelted bowl. Made to order in the colours of your choice.
Hand felted bowl made with Merino wool.
Or something a little brighter!

1 December 2020

Christmas!

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me………………..

‘Postable gifts’

We are a group of 8 Warwickshire-based artists, makers and small businesses and over the next 12 days, we will be sharing a collection of beautiful gift ideas for Christmas. Keep your eyes peeled over the coming days for our selection of artwork, textiles, knitwear, jewellery, pottery and print.

Janette George Art

Charl knitwear

April House Pottery

Alix Almond – Linocut, printing and artwork

Victoria Noyes Jewellery

The Orangery

Inthewoolshed

If you would like to see all 12 posts please check in to my Facebook and Instagram pages.
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