James draws our blackboard

It's turned into a bit of a tradition that one of our artist draws our chalkboard each year. This time James Sawyer has brought his mexican-inspired skills to create a fantastic skull-filled flaming-heart board. The whole kitchen seems to have a mexican theme this year!

Delicious Industries xmas cards coming this way!

Exciting... not long now!

AT and Lou Taylor featured in VintageBrighton.com

Ooh - a lovely mention of Lou's fantastic papercuts in Vintage Brighton's Open House roundup  - looking forward to seeing this Harper's Bazaar piece close up; she's a wonder with a scalpel!

Christmas Open House catalogue

We've just picked up the catalogues for the Christmas Open Houses and wow - there's some great stuff going on! We're number 50 on the trail - be sure to pay us a visit!

You can see the catalogue in an interactive pdf thing or visit the AOH website

Alice Pattullo @ Wem Town Hall

October 27th – December 22nd 2012

Wem Town Hall, 28 - 32 High Street, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5DG.

Performance Sunday!

On Sunday 27th May
AT welcomes you to Performance Sunday!

Performances at 3pm and 4pm.

Last year's sunny garden-based event was so well received that we simply had to ask poets Lonny Pop and Deborah Tyler Bennett and artist Josephine Dimbleby to join us again.

Deborah Tyler-Bennett is a widely published poet who weaves overheard conversations, historical detail and eccentric characters in her wry depictions of the English dandy, faded glamour, princely excess and dirty stop-outs.

Gonzo Poet Lonny Pop brings colour, joy, mythology and mischief to her poems and stories. Lonny is a member of local writing and performing group Rattle Tales and will be reading a piece from the new anthology

Performance artist Josephine Dimbleby has never failed to surprise with her inhabited sculptures. She works with ideas of constraint and release, often with time-based processes and an interactive element.

The first performance will be at 3pm and the second at 4pm, so arrive early to get a good seat, tea and cake. You can stay for one, or both.

Lovely writeup on Digital Bungalow

We're great fans of Digital Bungalow, purveyors of all things lovely - and fine fellows, too. So we were thrilled to see a writeup of our open house on their blog, along with some rather fantastic photographs. Finally something to do those cakes justice!

They recommend visiting us for the final weekend. You probably should take their advice. What with their impeccable taste and all.

Read their super post here

Welcome mat

On Sunday, our friend Beatty Hallas was a welcome mat of sorts. Beatty is an artist who is interested in 'public affirmations' - ways people interact, respond, make things better - how they look after one another. For the open house, she stood like a sentry in our doorway, welcoming people. Nothing more, nothing less, and let interactions and conversations happen naturally. More information about Beatty can be found at www.beattyhallas.co.uk and be sure to pick up or download one of her leaflets about alternative/contemporary habitation - it's a really interesting read!


Notes on Welcome Mat, 20 May 2012

I began slightly tentatively, hands clasped and standing on the doormat outside the front door. My feet began automatically to rock up onto the toes and back down flat, as I had seen policeman do. This was as much about keeping my feet warm as settling into a stance and rhythm of biding my time. As the day went on I became more confident in my position, more upbeat and alert to the dynamics of arrivals.

The weather was much colder than I thought it would be. A chilly wind gusted around me. I had to leave my post several times to get hot tea and jump up and down. I felt lacking in my preparations.

I realised as time went on that my role was to be poised, with the emphasis on waiting for someone to arrive. Someone to receive my greeting. I could see reflections in a car in front which gave indications that they were coming. I had to focus and be receptive.

I thought of the all the jobs I have had that have involved this 'greeter' element. The duality of being vulnerable in needing someone else to complete the exchange, and the upper hand of being the initiator of a new relationship.

On arrival visitors were often stopped in their tracks. I stood face-on at the top of five steps in an alcove-like porch. It was a surprise to be met like this on a domestic street. They smiled on being welcomed, a mood of warmth was established on going into the house. They replied with 'thank you' or even 'you've been so kind already'. I turned sideways to let them enter the narrowed doorway and this prompted further interchanges as we brushed shoulders in close quarters.

If they asked if I had work in the house I said no, but passed them on to the homeowners. They were curious why I was there if I didn't have work in the house. I let this remain a question in their minds without being confrontational.

The six hours passed quickly. The porch felt like a sentry box, with a limited view. Neighbours passed back and forth, kids on scooters and cars reversing up the street. As people left I was the final point of farewell.

Lou Taylor Papercutting Workshops

Inspired by Lou's amazing work? You can learn techniques from the artist herself at her workshop at Super+Super

Over 3 weeks, Lou will introduce you to the delicate and endlessly imaginative uses of paper, including some of her favourite paper artists such as Mary Delaney, Mr Snippy, Zim & Zou and Fred Butler.

Lou will introduce you to the basics of papercutting, learning how to (safely!) use a Swann and Morton blade, your imagination and bright paper to create striking images and illustrations.ou to the techniques of paperweaving and how to make your papercuts take on 3D forms.

Papercuts can be used in any illustrative field from music and fashion to editorial and book design. They’re also wonderful way to create miniature works of art.

Duration: 3 weeks

June 10th

June 17th

June 24th

Timing: Sundays 2.30pm — 4.30pm

Cost: £85 (will include Swann Morton handle with blades and a steel ruler).

Student concession £80

NB: Due to sharp blades, this course is only for the over-16s.

More info here

Mid-term report

Goodness me, we've just finished our second weekend! With barely time to breathe, the ol' blog's been neglected - so here's a quick update on how it's all been going:

Week 1
Horrid weather! Friendly people! Great work! Fun! Cake!

Week 2
Lovely weather! Friendly people! Great work! Fun! Cake!

The future can't be told. But hopefully the important stuff will stay the same regardless of the weather.

Did you say you wanted pictures? Thank goodness:

Our living room with silver rings by Winsome and Saucy, paintings by Natalie Martin and Cushions by Mr. Wingate

Some lovely single-colur screen prints by Petting Zoo Prints and Collectables and one of Alice Pattullo's wonderful screen prints



Knitwear by Winsome and Saucy, and a Smörgåsbord of skulls, badges and comics from various talented artists showing here

Shona Macdonald took this shot and a few of the above. Birds courtesy of the achingly talented Snorkus, Knitwear by Winsome and Saucy and bags by Love Hove

Delicious Industries not only creates beautiful Letterpress wares but also makes some irresistably delectable cakes. Mark Pavey's inspirational Manifesto print in the background.

Alice Pattullo's Alphabet of Superstitions prints on our old school desk - B for Bees...E for the Evil Eye...Z for Zodiac!

Intricate papercuts by Lou Taylor and Shona Macdonald's photography

Smaller wonders on our sales desk - Carlos Garde-Martin's great Starry-eyed skull keeps making me smile!

Some more eclectic prints and cards

Mark Pavey kindly did some impromptu chalk writing for our blackboard

The blueberry cake was delicious! So was the chocolate cake. And the ginger loaf... I'm noticing a pattern.

Erin's work 'Blackened' sits so well atop the stairs

...and Rhys Trussler has actually painted our stairway!

Snorkus's cats are just waiting to be taken home - come meet them next week!

Jeffrey Lewis comics

Wow - we just got a great parcel of delight from New York! We're big fans of Jeffrey Lewis, a mosquito-murdering musician & comic book artist; at a gig we came across his mind-bending FUFF comic and thought it would be great to have some at the open house. Mostly so we could read more! Lovely chap that he is, he's obliged us with some signed copies which will be going for a steal, so get down quick!

Jeffrey Lewis

Delicious Industry cards

The ever-fantastic Delicious Industries just tweeted pics of some cards that will be gracing our shelves in May!

AT Open House 2012 - Mr. Wingate

Mr. Wingate was set up in 2006 as a printed T shirt Label by textile graduate Sam Wingate.

Initially selling from a market stall on Brick Lane, where I first met him in 2007, Mr Wingate soon built up a base of stockists and the collection has expanded to include a range of homewares.  All of which are still hand printed in Mr Wingate's East London studio. 

Last year, he teamed up with fellow print maker and textile designer James Brown to hold print work shops under the banner of Stark, Wingate and Brown.

Visit Sam's website here or purchase his wares at Selfridges where he was welcome with open arms in 2011 or, of couse, here with AT Open House throughout May.

AT Open House 2012 - Alice Pattullo

Ms. Pattullo has been a very busy lady over that last few months. She has been featured in magazines, has appeared on Elle Decoration online, and she is currently showing at Cecil Sharp House with the English Folk Dance and Song Society where she illustrated all their print material for the coming seasons events. Next stop AT Open House!!

We are sad to loose her to London, as her recent move there somewhat deprives Brighton of a star of an artist, who draws inspiration from superstitions and traditions, circuses and remedies, kitsch and quirk. 

We are very happy to have Alice join us again this year with screen prints, printed softies, small press and cards, and she makes a mean lemon cake!

AT Open House 2012 - Snorkus

Snorkus was one of our stars last year (to be fair, we had many)!  She brought colour, fun, and and cute animals to AT, and was also brilliant when it came to letting you all know that we were here.

Playful and fun, her design background has been as diverse as the BBC to Nickelodeon TV.  

"Living here by the sea makes me think of travel and far away imagined lands, I like mooching around
flea markets, museums and looking at mid century design advertising for inspiration."

New fine art Giclée Prints, screen prints, greetings cards, stuffed owls and cats from Snorkus will be available this year.


@atopenhouse tweets:

Good luck to all the @artistshouses opening today. We will be coming to see you! And @atopenhouse will be back next year!!
@iamacrylic @artistshouses @mrwingatelondon @designosaur Lovely post! Will miss running an open house this year but will be back!
@ibikebrighton Hello Mark. I wanted to get in touch with you about an exhibition. Can you email me at [email protected] ? Thank you.
@babalynne lovely to see you! Our web shop's still open for bandstands :) goo.gl/KQiXK3 mwahaha! pic.twitter.com/7MHEJJKpks