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Artists Open Houses – Philippa Stanton – Synaesthetic Art with a Shed


On Wednesday, I told you about the Artists Open Houses, well this year I stumbled upon an open house that for some reason I hadn’t been to before, the home of Philippa Stanton, and what a gem, Philippa is an artist who creates in a variety of ways, on display this year were her paintings, photography and lamp shades made from old maps.  As you can see from the photos below, her home and garden are beautiful, every available space a delightful composition.



Philippa also has work by other artists on show, including Sophie Abbott, whose vibrant painting you can just see a glimpse of in the photograph above.


The Lightboxes shown above are by Kate Iles, I am very tempted to buy one!





The ceramics shown are by Holly Bell Ceramics.



At the Open House event, Philippa also decorates her shed, in fact many of her visitors come specifically to see it, this year the theme was ‘The Shipwreck Shed’.  But in the past it has included ‘The Pioneer’s Cabin’, ‘Vintage Luggage and Travel’, ‘The Vintage Penguin Paperback Shed’, and at the Christmas Open House ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘An Outside Inside Shed’ and last year ‘The White Christmas Shed’.



I had a little chat with Philippa about her background and artwork; Philippa told me that she has always been creative, she studied art at school and started doing History of Design at Manchester before deciding to train as an actor at RADA.  Philippa strikes me as a rare breed, somone who combines art with an entrepreneurial spirit, even at the age of 15, she embroidered espadrilles and sold them in shops locally. Philippa still acts, but says she is much happier painting, because although acting is creative, you are responding to someone else’s ideas, but as an artist you are expressing yourself.


Pimms and Lemonade by Philippa Stanton


Orchid Scent by Philippa Stanton

Philippa paints using synaesthesia, combined sensory responses to sound, taste and smell.  She started painting voices when she realised how she processes them after seeing her friend performing in a play.  When Philippa isn’t painting senses, she paints abstracts, “as a way of escaping the notation of the senses”, and to develop her techniques.  As well as the paintings, Philippa also takes lovely photographs of her kitchen table (below), which you can see on instagram and her blog under her alter-ego 5ftinf.  The table is Philippa’s refuge, she works there everyday, the styling isn’t planned, but is led by how she is feeling and what flowers are available, most of which come from her garden.

5ftinf table

 Source: www.5ftinf.blogspot.co.uk

If you would like to see more of Philippa’s work, you can find her here:

Have a great weekend everyone, and I know this isn’t my usual subject for a Friday, but I wanted to bring you this post today in case you felt enticed to visit Philippa’s Open House this final Open weekend.

Emma x

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Brighton Artists Open Houses


A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that May is festival time in Brighton. I love this time of year here, it always re-invigorates my passion for our colourful City. Another thing I love about May in Brighton, is the Artists Open Houses, a chance to look at art whilst catching a glimpse in to someone else’s life and home, my idea of heaven!

There are 200 houses that are open this year, and unfortunately I only managed to see a few of them this time, but some were lovely and I thought I would share a few of my favourites with you today.

Art Line – Seven Dials Trail

Shyama Ruffell whose house this is, is one of my favourite Brighton based artists, I did actually buy a piece of hers but I’ll share that with you another day. Also exhibiting are Shyama’s parents, Colin Ruffell and Frances Slade who are both artists too. Her gorgeous garden is open showing sculptures by Frances Doherty, and we enjoyed a lovely piece of cake whilst sitting in the sun.




Peggy Poppleton’s Shop – Seven Dials Trail

An old favourite of mine, an eclectic mix including jewellery, homewares, screen prints and ceramics.




51 Wilbury Road – Hove Trail

51 Wilbury Road house has an additional few rooms this year, containing some great pieces, I particularly liked the repurposed lighting by Lawrence Latham, and the knitted lampshades by Eats, Knits and Weaves.




The Artists Open Houses are on for one more weekend in May, and then return again in December, if you are in Brighton I would highly recommend doing at least one of the trails, you never know what delights you might find.

Emma x

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My Elvia


Hello, I hope you have had a lovely weekend, today is a holiday in the UK, so we have been lucky to have a long weekend, and even better the sun has been shining constantly.

Last week I introduced you to my little Dottie, and this week I thought you might like to meet my big girl, Elvia. Elvia is 7 years old, she is happy, sociable, bright, and I am constantly in awe of how something so beautiful could have come from me. We decided on her name whilst I was pregnant, (well I say we, my husband didn’t really get a choice, and everyone knows better than to mess with a pregnant woman!) Elvia means friend to the Elves, and it suits her perfectly, she is fascinated by the idea of fairies and the such like, and I rightly, or wrongly am happy to maintain her innocence and beliefs for as long as possible.






As well as her love for all things magical, Elvia is a ferocious  book worm, she devours books at lightening speed, her book collection is getting so large we may well have to buy a bigger house to accommodate it! But of course, she is not perfect, and nor would I want her to be, she is stubborn, feisty and definitely prone to the dramatic, but she is my Elvia and always will be and I will love her until the end of time.

Emma x