Art Walk in Sheffield

We went for an art walk in the city of Sheffield a few days ago. It’s not a city I know very well but I was really impressed. I don’t like visiting shopping centres because they are all very much the same, with the same shops and these days I only go shopping when I need something.

We travelled by train and the first place that impressed me was the Railway Station. The station itself has been refurbished about a couple of years ago and outside all the water features are very impressive. The area at the front of the station is Sheaf Square, once a car park but now a fantastic welcoming open space. I printed off some information about the Sheffield Cultural Industries Quarter . The article was written in 2015 and consequently some of the information was out of date, for example the Site Gallery is closed at the moment for refurbishment. We still managed to fill a day and leave plenty more to discover on our next visit.

First stop on arriving was Sellers Wheel the New Zealand coffee house on Arundel Street. The cakes and bread are delicious and come from the local Depot Bakery .

The next venue we stopped at was a fantastic shop full of handmade high quality goods. I had wanted to visit the Butchers Works Gallery but I think it only opens for exhibitions, however the shop All Good Stuff is well worth a visit and the building itself is very interesting. We then had a bit of a wander round taking photos of some of Street Art. There is a walk you can follow to see even more called the Sheffield Street Art WalkAnother place of interest we visited was A.P.G. Works APG is more than a gallery, it is in an old cutlery factory and its small studio is a place to find screen printed art work for sale. They are also picture framers. The entrance is worth looking at for its own wall art.

It was now time for some lunch which we had at Street Food Chef a Mexican restaurant on Arundel Street.To end the afternoon we visited the Millennium Gallery and the Winter Gardens. I have added a couple of photos of work selected for the John Ruskin Prize that can be found in the Millennium Gallery. There is still plenty to discover and see in Sheffield so I am looking forward to my next visit.

Sustainable Luxury, Social Entrepreneurship

I have just finished reading an interesting book, ‘Sustainable Luxury and Social Entrepreneurship, stories from the pioneers’.

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Visit to Hathersage, Derbyshire

Saturday  was a lovely sunny but cold day, the perfect time for a relaxing day out and a visit to the Peak District. The plan was to visit Hathersage for coffee and then visit David Mellor Cutlery for lunch. However things did change along the way. Driving through Chatsworth Park we decided to stop at the farm shop and have our coffee in their restaurant. The farm shop is being extended and it was very busy.  You can see why an extension is needed. There is so much amazing food to buy its difficult to choose. I bought some English apples and a loaf of Pumpernickel bread. The bread felt heavy but I have just eaten some for tea and it was delicious spread with honey.

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A Nice Cup of Tea

There is one drink I can’t live without and that is, a nice cup of tea. I enjoy tea of all varieties and as I write this I am enjoying a cup of red bush or rooibos tea. This variety of tea is naturally caffeine free so is good to drink in the evening . The  underground health website details ten reasons that this tea is good for you. I have recently purchased a glass teapot which is perfect for brewing more unusual teas.

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Harley Gallery and Welbeck Village

Last weekend I visited the Harley Gallery and  Welbeck village. The village is owned by the Duke of Portland. He is responsible for continuing the Welbeck Project started by his Aunt, Ivy the Duchess of Portland. The village is not usually open for the public to walk around so it was lovely to be able to visit it.Welbeck

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I Love Making Things.

I love making things hence the title of my blog, Anne Clark Handmade. I also like to create small worlds using papier mache, fabric, wire and knitting. There is a lot of fun to be had experimenting with different materials. A couple of years ago I spent a day attending a Jessie Chorley workshop at Hope and Elvis in Nottinghamshire.  We were given an old cutlery box to do something with and I made it into a small room with clock, curtain and dressing table.

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Hand Cream from Hotel Chocolat

I was very pleased when Abi from the Angeledenblog nominated me to receive this hand cream from Hotel Chocolat  to try. Abi had been given some of their body butter to test and her thoughts can be seen HERE. The company contacted me to ask for my address and it arrived very quickly. When I opened the package it all looked very special in its own carrier.

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Carsington Water

Last week I went on a trip to Carsington Water, a reservoir in Derbyshire. The sun was out but it was a very cold day and the black clouds were gathering. The purpose of the visit was to see what the visitor centre could offer as an educational resource. It had very good  interactive displays and lots of information about where our water comes from and how it is cleaned for household use. I found it informative and fun as an adult but I feel sure it would be equally so for children.

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Fashion Revolution Day

The first Fashion Revolution Day will happen on April 24th 2014. It will then be a year since the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1133 garment workers and injured over 2500 more. The idea for this day came from Carrie Somers from the Company Pachacuti in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Carrie has written a blog which tells how she first got the idea and what the plans are for the first Fashion Revolution Day.

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Rat Bags

I recently discovered Rat Bags, a company making items out of sail canvas while on holiday on  the Scilly Islands. I love to visit countries like Italy where you still find small shops with the artist or maker working at the back, producing their handmade goods. It is rare however to find this in the UK so on this recent holiday to the Isles of Scilly I was really pleased to discover a shop called The Canvas Shop in Hugh Town, St Marys, where you can see the handmade items being made. The company is called Rat Bags and they make practical, colourful, bags, hats and clothes out of traditional canvas.

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