Author Archive for TheSussexGuild

Soft Engineering – textiles taking shape

Sussex Guild member Alison Ellen is exhibiting her knitwear together with textile artists Deirdre Wood and Ann Richards.

Visit the Sussex Guild Shop before Christmas!

Seeking the perfect Christmas Gift?

The Guild Shop & Gallery is just the place for relaxed Christmas shopping with the work of over thirty designer makers displayed in the north wing of historic Southover Grange and with a door leading to the adjacent, delightful Southover Gardens.

Come to see unique work including stunning ceramics, creative embroidery, bespoke furniture, glittering glass, contemporary jewellery, unusual metalwork, original prints, pewter Christmas decorations, patchwork quilts and cushions, smocked children’s clothes, turned wood bowls, useful woodwork plus a variety of greetings cards.

You will find a friendly welcome with a member of the Guild on duty ready to help and to answer questions concerning any aspects of our organisation.

The shop is just a short walk from Lewes railway station with metered car parking on the road (free on Sundays) and a public car park at the station.

The shop is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10am – 5pm.

The Sussex Guild Shop & Gallery, Southover Grange, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1TP Tel: 01273 479565


Our Next Event is coming up!

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

Midhurst Rother College

North Street, Midhurst GU29 9DT
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd December

10.00am – 5.00pm

To see the very best of designer crafts in Sussex visit our next event in the exciting spaces of Midhurst Rother College, visitors will find a spectacular variety of work by fifty-nine designer makers showing their unique crafts and making this our biggest show ever! Come to see stunning examples of ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, knitwear, leather, printmaking, stone carving, textiles and woodwork. Your admission ticket of £3.00 (children free) allows you to return throughout the two days.

The hallmark of the Guild remains the same: skill, imagination, and quality. We know our work will not disappoint.

Meet the makers, discuss how things are made and perhaps commission an individual piece. With a café serving light refreshments and free parking, this is just the place for relaxed Christmas shopping in a friendly atmosphere. 


Parham House contemporary craft show

Rosi Robinson Oxmarket Exhibition

In October batik artist Rosi Robinson is having an exhibition in the Wilson Gallery at the Oxmarket Centre, just off East Street, Chichester.

Dates: 13th – 25th October.

Tues – Sunday 10 -5pm.


Jonathan Chiswell Jones Exhibition in Chichester Cathedral

There will be an exhibition of lustreware pottery by Jonathan Chiswell Jones in Chichester Cathedral from 12 July to 14 September 2014. The exhibition will be open daily with free entry.


Rosi Robinson Article in International Artist magazine

Guild member Rosi Robson has been included in the Feb/March issue of the International Artist magazine after entering a competition. Rosi says:

“I rarely ever enter competitions but It was only when I saw the category ‘Seascapes, Rivers and Lakes ‘ that I thought I would have a go. They award 1st, 2nd and third prizes and choose 10 finalists – me being one. As a prize for a finalist, you get a whole page to yourself with the image of your painting, blurb about your inspiration and how you created your picture – in my case a batik painting.

 What I am really chuffed about is that I am probably the first batik artist to be chosen as a finalist. Most winners are either oil, acrylic, watercolour or pastel artists. The International Artist Magazine is sold around the world. The winners this time include those from New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Serbia, Spain, Portugal, UK, Canada and the US. So it’s a great advertisement for figurative batik.”


REEDED LOCH by Rosi Robinson

50cms x 100cms (20” x 40”)

  Finalist in the Seascapes, Rivers and Lakes competition

Feb/March, 2014, Issue of International Artist Magazine

My Inspiration.

My Inspiration for this batik painting originates from my love of water and its reflections, whether they are found in lochs, lakes or the sea. I love ripples and the movement of water and the way images are refracted and always changing. This batik painting is of Loch Arthur, which is situated in the south of Scotland where I spent many childhood vacations.

Recently, when I was revisiting my childhood haunts, I stopped by this loch. I just had to take some photographs. There was a calmness and serenity about the loch and I loved the reeds and branches that framed the scene. I was inspired to create a batik painting of it.

My Design Strategy

When I travel I take a lot of photographs and often base my work on them. However, I don’t recreate these images by painting them; instead I batik pictures by applying layers of wax and dye on fabric.

I decided for this batik that I wanted to capture the solitude and serenity of the loch, so I chose to make this painting longer and thinner than others I have done. I always draw the picture on paper first and then trace the drawing in pencil onto the fabric.

For this picture, I made sure I drew the branches and reeds as precise as possible, because it was essential that I knew where the lines were before I started waxing. When you batik trees, you have to wax the negative spaces of the sky leaving a narrow space between them. These areas will take up the dye and in an instant you can see the silhouette of the branches.

My Working Process

In this batik I didn’t want to keep any of the white fabric, so I dampened the fabric and applied a pale turquoise dye by working and blending it into the cloth using a sponge brush. I then waxed the areas I wanted to keep pale blue.

The waxed areas resisted the dye, whilst the un-waxed fabric took up the colour. I then applied the orangy-yellow dye for the bank on the other side of the loch. I let it dry before I waxed the area I wanted to keep that colour. I painted different shades of yellow over the blue to create the trees and their reflection. Because the fabric was blue already, the yellows made the colour turn green. As the sky was already waxed, the dye didn’t go into the sky and so formed the shape of the trees. I then waxed over the trees remembering to leave the gaps for the overhanging branches to be dyed.

Once I had checked that all the areas I wanted to protect were waxed, I then applied the last colour – the black dye over the whole batik – and immediately the silhouettes of the branches and reeds came to life.



Welcome to our new website

New Sussex Guild websiteWelcome to the new website for The Sussex Guild.

Please take a look around and contact us if you have any questions.

We look forward to meeting you at one of our shows this year, there will be plenty to see and do so we’re very excited about 2013.