Final Show…..

No, not my final show! This is the final show from members of the now defunct (CCN) Contemporary Craft Network. The group disbanded in 2019 but five of us have got together for one last time to exhibit at the beautiful Sam Scorer Gallery on Drury Lane in Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter. The exhibition is free admission, open 10am – 4pm and runs from today until the 20th June. (There is a sixth person mentioned on the poster but unfortunately Andrew had to pull out at the last minute)

We set up yesterday and it’s looking great! There are two feltmakers, myself and fellow IFA member Moira West. There are two glass makers, Kevin Wallhead and Kate Sell, and two mixed media artists, myself and Christine Plummer. The nice thing is that although some of us share a passion for the same medium/craft, everyone of us has a totally different approach and a different style. When combined this has resulted in an interesting mix and what we are hoping will be a very successful show.

If you are reading this and you are local, or even further afield and fancy a day out in Lincoln, it would be great to have you visit. There are lots of other attractions in the area including a wealth of independent shops and bars, our fabulous Cathedral and Castle, the Little Red Gallery, St Martins Gallery and Harding House….all within walking distance of the Sam Scorer Gallery. With the exception of today and the 18th there will be a different artist on duty all day every day so why not come along, see their work and learn all about their craft.

The Past & The Future…..

Elegant Steampunk lady photographed in the Bailgate, Lincoln

Elegant Steampunk lady photographed in the Bailgate, Lincoln

This weekend, for the 7th year, Lincoln is hosting the annual Asylum Steampunk Festival.  According to the Guardian this is “the largest and longest running event of its kind in the world”. Having read this quote, being a Steampunk fan and living only 20 miles from the Cathedral City, I find it hard to admit that I only heard of the Asylum Festival two months ago!

I visited the festival yesterday and had such a good time that I went back again this afternoon.  The atmosphere is great with a timetable of events happening in the Cathedral quarter over the four days and the streets packed with friendly faces and fabulous costumes.

A lot of the costumes were as interesting from the back as they were from the front!

A lot of the costumes were as interesting from the back as they were from the front!

So what is Steampunk?  Major Thadeus Tinker  (aka John Naylor), Chair of the Victorian Steampunk Society says “Steampunks are generally polite, friendly, care about the environment, the past & the future and creativity & individuality.”  In a recent exercise to “explain Steampunk in a sentence” a group from across the world came up with: “Steampunk is a creative social movement that draws inspiration from Victorian and pre-war history in an anachronistic mix of science fiction, modern values and a sense of fun.” – See more at: http://www.visitlincoln.com/blog/what-is-steampunk#sthash.V78sS4Eh.dpuf

The following photos are just a small selection of those I took in the Bailgate and Castle Square over the two days.

Steampunk couple photographed in Castle Square

Stylish Steampunk couple photographed in Castle Square

Loving the parasol!

Loving the parasol!

I bumped into family and friends in Castle Square

I also bumped into my nephew Jack and his friends in Castle Square

Explorers mixed with fairies outside the White Heart Hotel

Explorers mixed with fairies outside the White Heart Hotel

"Pimp my ride" Steampunk style!

“Pimp my ride” Steampunk style!

Mysterious woman lingering in the doorway.

Mysterious woman lingering in the doorway.

Colonial gent poses in Castle Square

Colonial gent poses in Castle Square

Castle Square visitors and trade stalls selling all sorts of Steampunk gear.

Castle Square visitors and trade stalls selling all sorts of Steampunk gear.

This lady had so much detail in her costume!

This lady had so much detail in her costume!

The Steampunk ethos really appeals to me, as does the Steampunk style, so next year I will be returning wearing my own Steampunk costume, which is already taking shape in my head!