Last Saturday I visited the PALACE ART FAIR at Fulham Palace in London, and what a day!
After a marathon journey of engineering works on train and tube we arrived at Fulham Palace. Nestled in Bishop's Park alongside the Thames it really is an oasis after the hustle and bustle of constant traffic around it. It's a place I've never been to despite visiting the Chelsea area several thousand times!
And what a lovely place, until only 35 years ago this palace was lived in by the Bishop of London and so closed off to the public. This beautifully preserved building is now very much open and I found myself looking at the sumptuous interiors and architecture as much as looking at the art on show.
This really was an inspiring experience, so many talented people were there. Art shows can sometimes be a snooty place but there was a relaxed and fun atmosphere, coupled with the surroundings, we were swept along on a creative buzz!
With everyone really friendly and happy to talk about their work, we spent hours wandering around the gorgeous palace and the surrounding marquees.
It would take ages to mention everyone we loved, but here are the stand out people we came across.
Photographer MARC WILSON, who is currently doing a series of photos on coastal defences. Wonderfully atmospheric and a real eye for a picture.
KAREN JONES, who we've met at the Hive Studios in Chelmsford and seen her lovely paintings at the Beecroft Gallery in Westcliff. (Thanks for the tickets as well!!!).
I adore her mischievous and intelligent illustrations.
Fabulous photographic collages by LIN OSBORN.
Dark and beautiful Klimt like ceramics by TONY LAVERICK.
Absolutely brilliant fairies by SAMANTHA BRYAN. Individually made models of fairies. Everything is so original and so much fun!
But my favourite of the day has to be MARIA RIVANS....!
Her framed collages were mind-blowing, I was totally amazed at the depth and detail to her work.
Using vintage pictures she has created whole worlds, truly stunning!
So please check out all their websites, you will be amazed at the range of talents we saw.
I am now even more inspired for my own work, maybe next year you'll see me at Fulham!!