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December 2018

A magical Christmas time at Eggleston Hall Gardens

There's Christmas trees welcoming you into the gardens, fantasticly festive afternoon tea and treats in the tearooms and we have endless unique and special gift ideas in the studios..

Studio Opening Times in the run up to Christmas:
Thursday 13th December, 11am - 2.30pm
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th December, 11am - 4pm
Thursday 20th & Friday 21st December, 11am - 2,30pm
Saturday 22nd December onwards - Studio Closed for Christmas Break

To find out more, or if you're planning a visit, please feel free to Contact Victoria to confirm studio opening times or with any other questions.

Studio: Gardener's Cottage Studio, Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens, Eggleston, DL12 0AG

December 2018

A magical Christmas time at Eggleston Hall Gardens

There's Christmas trees welcoming you into the gardens, fantasticly festive afternoon tea and treats in the tearooms and we have endless unique and special gift ideas in the studios.

Studio Opening Times over the next two weeks are as follows:
Thursday and Friday, 11am - 2.30pm
Saturday, 11am - 4pm
Closed on Sunday 2nd & Sunday 9th December

To find out more, or if you're planning a visit, please feel free to Contact Victoria to confirm studio opening times or with any other questions.

Studio: Gardener's Cottage Studio, Eggleston Hall Nursery & Gardens, Eggleston, DL12 0AG

1st November 2018

Autumn time is such a magical time at Eggleston, the changing colours in the gardens are beautiful and so inspiring. The gardens and Tea rooms have lots of tempting treats and are open everyday, so well worth a visit at this time of year.

I have actually caught up with the commissions at the moment so I'm having lots of fun creating brand new work, please contact me soon if you are wanting to commission any work to be ready for Christmas.

Studio opening times for the autumn are as follows:
Saturdays and Sundays, 11am - 4.30pm
Thursdays and Fridays, 11am - 2.30pm
Please note: The studio will be closed on Saturday 10th November

20th September 2018

With Autumn just beginning, the colours in the gardens are changing daily and are as inspiring as ever. I'm busy having lots of fun working on commissions, if you've ever fancied having something specially created, do get in touch, there's still time before Christmas!

Autumn studio opening times: Saturdays* and Sundays, 11am - 4.30pm; Thursdays and Fridays, 11am - 2.30pm.

*The studio will be closed on Saturday 22nd September.
*On Saturday 29th September, the studio will open earlier at 10am and close earlier at 3pm.

Victoria's Studio, Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, DL12 0AG

Please don't hesitate to contact Victoria if needed.

Summer Studio Opening Times

Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11am - 4.30pm
Thursdays and Fridays, 11am -2.30pm
(Please note that the studio will be closed on Saturday 1st September 2018)

Please don’t hesitate to contact Victoria to check future opening times or with any other enquiries.

Studio opening times this week

Thursday 28th June, 11am - 4.30pm,
Friday 29th June, 10am - 12pm,
Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July, 11am - 4.30pm.

Victoria's Studio, Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Gardens, Eggleston, DL12 0AG

Studio Opening Times - Week of 21st June 2018

This week Victoria’s Studio will be open on Thursday 21st June and Sunday 24th June, 11am - 4.30pm but will be closed on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June 2018.
The studio will be open as normal again from Thursday 28th June 2018: Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays 11am - 4.30pm; Thursdays & Fridays 11am - 2.30pm.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused, please do not hesitate to contact me if needed

Victoria’s Studio, Gardener’s Cottage, Eggleston Hall Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, DL12 0AG

Studio Opening Times for May/June 2018

Victoria’s Studio will be Closed on Thursday 31st May 2018 for two weeks (We are moving house!)

The studio will be open as normal again from Thursday 14th June 2018:
Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays 11am - 4.30pm; Thursdays & Fridays 11am - 2.30pm.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused, please don’t hesitate to contact Victoria if needed.

Victoria's Studio: Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, Durham, England, DL12 0AG.

May 2018 - General Data Protection Regulation

I am sure you will be aware of the new General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR which will take effect from the 25th of May 2018.

PRIVACY POLICY AND DATA PROTECTION:
Victoria Bellas Carter is committed to protecting your privacy.

The new General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR will take effect on the 25th of May 2018.

If you are on our mailing list it is because you have visited the studio/events and signed up, or you have signed up online; In this instance, we will have stored your email address, which we will use exclusively to keep you informed about Victoria Bellas Carter's new art work, fairs, exhibitions and offers .

Victoria Bellas Carter will not sell or share your email address or personal information with any third parties.

Information given at the time of ordering will be used by Victoria Bellas Carter only and will not be distributed to any other companies or individuals.

Victoria Bellas Carter will use your information for the following purposes:
- to process your order or for the return of information requested by you.
- to keep you informed about original art work, limited edition prints, other Victoria Bellas Carter inspired products, fairs, exhibitions and special offers if you have requested this. (If you have requested this previously and now do not wish to receive this information, please contact Victoria Bellas Carter and request that your name be removed from the mailing list).

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your data, please do not hesitate to contact Victoria .

Studio opening times in May 2018

Thursdays & Fridays, 11am - 2.30pm; Saturday & Sundays, 11am - 4.30pm.

As ever, things can go wrong, "..usually involving my husband, children or pets!" So if planning to travel specially, please Contact Me to confirm.

To see her latest updates view Victoria's Facebook page here

Victoria's Studio: Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, Durham, England, DL12 0AG

15th April 2018 - Studio Opening Times This Week...

Studio opening times this week are as follows, Thursday 19th & Friday 20th, 11am - 2.30pm; Saturday 21st, 12.30pm - 4.30pm & Sunday 22nd, 11am - 4.30pm.

(The studio will be opening later on Saturday morning as I wish to attend a Coffee Morning being held in aid of, 'We Are Macmillan Cancer Support,' on Saturday 21st April at Barnard Castle Methodist Church, 10am - 12pm Click here to find out more

Victoria's Studio, Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Gardens, Barnard Castle, DL12 0AG

24th March 2018

Great to be back in the studios with new work on show, such a beautiful day in the gardens too and many delightful treats to be tempted by, in the tea rooms. A lovely day out and well worth a visit!

Studio opening times, Saturdays and Sundays 10.30am - 4.30pm, Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am - 2.30pm

17th March 2018

Just back from the spring exhibition at The Station in Richmond, thank you to everyone who travelled from near and far to visit. Once again the event has been very successful, selling many original tissue paper collages, prints, fine china mugs, coasters, place mats, hardback notebooks and cards; Along with exciting new artwork being commissioned too. An added bonus being lucky enough to catch up with some old friends and to meet many new.

Thank you to Suzanne Jewellery for exhibiting her stunning and very beautiful jewellery; To all at the The Station for having such a great team and venue; Thank you to The Teesdale Mercury, The Northern Echo and The Darlington & Stockton Times for helping to promote the event; Thank you also to my family, Ian Carter, Carole and Melvyn Bellas, Christine and Paul Bellas whom without their help, support and encouragement, I would not be able to even consider putting on such an event.

9th February 2018

With a hectic start to the year, I'm having lots of fun working on the brand new 2018 collection. The new work will be launched at The Spring Exhibition at The Station in Richmond, in March.
View Spring Exhibition details here
I'll be working from the studio in Eggleston throughout February; Studio opening times in February are as normal: Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am - 2.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10.30am- 4.30pm.

Find out more here...

19th January 2018

This wintery weather and snow, although very pretty, has caused a little disruption to opening times this week, My studio will be open as normal again tomorrow, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st January, 10.30am - 4pm.

Victoria's Studio, Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Gardens, DL12 0AG
www.victoriabellascarter.com

3rd January 2018

Thank you to everyone who has visited my website, liked my facebook page and followed my posts on facebook; To all those who have visited my studio or exhibitions and purchased anything from one card, to commissioning an original tissue paper collage. I love what I do and I could not continue to do it without you. Wishing you all a very Exciting, Healthy and Happy New Year and 2018!
The studio at Eggleston Hall Gardens will be open again on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th January, 11am - 2.30pm, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th January, 11am - 4pm.
Winter opening times resume: Thursdays and Fridays, 11am - 2.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am - 4pm.

December 2017 - Studio Opening Times

Such a busy and exciting time of year, the Christmas tree has come in from the garden once again and is decorated and standing proud in the Gardener's Cottage. Everyone's welcome to come in and browse the many Christmas gifts on display ...or you might just feel like treating yourself!
There are still one or two original tissue paper collages available, a large collection of Limited and Open Edition Framed Prints to choose from; The ever growing collection of items inspired by Victoria's tissue paper collages include, gift boxed Fine China Mugs, Placemats, Coasters, Hardback Journals, ideal for note making or even quick sketches and there's also gift packs of cards tied together with ribbon.
Winter Opening times: Thursdays and Fridays 11am - 2.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am - 4pm.
The studio will be closed on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December.
Last days of opening before Christmas will be, Thursday 14th, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th, Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd December.
Please don't hesitate to Contact Victoria if you want to confirm opening times or have any other enquiries.

Studio Opening in November

Studio opening times this month are as follows; Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am - 2.30pm; Saturday and Sundays, 10.30am - 4.30pm (Saturday 19th, 10.30am - 3pm) Also, the studio will be open on Monday 20th November, 10.30am - 2.30pm.
Gardener's Cottage Studio, Eggleston Hall Gardens, Barnard Castle, DL12 0AG

October half term

This week the studio will only be open on Friday 27th October, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Normal opening will resume from Thursday 2nd November 2017. Normal opening times being, Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am - 2.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10.30am -4.30pm.

October 2017

I'm loving working on the new commissions, it has been a very busy Summer season in the studio so I'm now enjoying catching up on the many originals still being waited for. Thank you to my patient customers!


Studio opening times in October: Thursdays and Fridays 10.30am - 2.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Please note: Victoria's studio will be closed on Thursday 12th, Friday 13th, Thursday 26th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October. Please don't hesitate to Contact Victoria for further information or to just double check the studio opening times if making a special journey.


Studio: Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, DL12 0AG


September 2017

Still... busy, busy busy, there's just not enough hours in the day! I'm working away on commissions and having lots of fun doing so. Through September the studio will be open Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am - 2.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10.30am - 4.30pm. Please note, Victoria's studio will be closed on Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd and Saturday 16th September 2017.

Studio: Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, DL12 0AG

1st August 2017

Busy, busy times..

Studio opening times in August: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10.30am - 4.30pm. Please note, the studio will be closed on Sunday 20th August for one week, opening again on Sunday 27th and on Bank Holiday Monday.
Victoria's studio will also be closed on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September.

Victoria's Studio, Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, DL12 OAG

Studio opening times in July

Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am - 2.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10.30am - 4.30pm. Please note, Victoria's studio will be closed on Saturday 8th July and Thursday 20th July 2017.
Studio: Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, DL12 0AG

Studio Opening Times - June 2017

Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am - 2.30pm, Saturdays, Sundays 10.30am - 4.30pm

Please note, Victoria's studio will be closed on Friday 2nd June, Sunday 4th June, Friday 23rd June and Sunday 25th June 2017.

If planning a visit, please Contact Me to confirm studio opening times.

Studio: Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, DL12 0AG

May 2017

The gardens are looking beautiful and are very inspiring, attracting many, many visitors already this year. My studio is as busy as ever and with commissions to work on and other design work commitments I am struggling for enough hours in the day to get everything done! ...Still it is good to be busy and I am definitely not complaining. I have some lovely commissions to work on this year and I am enjoying every minute.

Studio opening times in May are Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am - 2.30pm, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10.30am - 4.30pm

Please note, Victoria's studio will be closed on Friday 5th May, Friday 12th May, Thursday 18th May, Friday 19th May, Saturday 20th May and Sunday 21st May.

If planning a visit, please Contact Me to confirm studio opening times.

Studio: Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, DL12 0AG

Studio Opening Times for April 2017

Studio Opening Times in April - Thursdays and Fridays 10.30am - 2.30pm*, Saturdays and Sundays 10.30am - 4.30pm, Good Friday and Easter Monday, 10.30am - 4.30pm.

*Victoria's Studio will be closed on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st April.

Studio: Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, DL12 0AG

1st April 2017

Thank you to everyone who visited and helped to promote this years Spring Exhibition at The Station in Richmond, proving once again, to be my most successful spring exhibition yet. I had a truly fantastic time launching my new 2017 collection, meeting new friends, catching up with old friends and spending time with the lovely Suzanne Tweddle also exhibiting with her stunning lampworked glass beads and jewellery Suzanne Jewellery. The Station is such a fantastic venue offering a lovely, warm and welcoming atmosphere with a great team of special people devoted to it's success ...of course, I would love to launch my 2018 collection there next year!

March 2017 - Studio Opening times

The studio will be open as normal for the first part of the month: Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am - 2.30pm and Saturday and Sundays, 10.30am - 4.30pm.


Victoria's Spring 2017 exhibition opens at The Station, Richmond, on Saturday 18th March running through to 30th March; so the studio at Eggleston will be closed on Thursday 17th March through to 30th, opening again on Saturday 1st April 2017.


Click here to find out more about Victoria's Spring 2017 exhibition

February 2017 - Studio Opening Times

Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am - 2.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10.30am - 4.30pm
Please note, the studio will be closed on Sunday 5th February.

Studio: Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, DL12 0AG

Victoria Bellas Carter

Happy New Year!

Hoping everyone has had a fantastic Christmas and sending very best wishes for good health and happiness in 2017.

I am currently working on commissions and also creating an exciting collection of brand new work for launch in the spring.

For the beginning of January, the Studio at Eggleston Hall Gardens will be open Saturday 7th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th January, 10.30am - 4.30pm.

January 2017 - Studio Opening Times

Happy New Year! In January Victoria's Studio at Eggleston Hall Gardens will be open Thursday 5th, Saturday 7th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th, 10.30am - 4.30pm.

"Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2017"

Gosh, it has been a very busy couple of months and December is just whirling by but I have had such fun working on all the commissions. I hope all recipients enjoy their original collages for many, many years to come.

Studio opening times are Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am - 2.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10.30am - 4.30pm.

The studio will be closed for Christmas and New Year from Monday 19th December 2016.

Studio open again from Thursday 5th January 2017.

19th October 2016

Such Gorgeous colours in the gardens at the moment, all very inspiring and well worth a visit.

"I'm having great fun working from the studio on a number of private commissions; The studio and gallery has on display original tissue paper collage artworks, framed limited and open edition prints, fine china mugs, a growing range of coasters and placemats and we're also working towards a brand new collection of hardback journals too ...and of course the ever growing collection of greetings cards, all of which are available to purchase from the studio".

Usual studio opening times: Thursdays & Fridays 10.30am - 2.30pm and, Saturdays, Sundays & Bank holidays, 10.30am - 4.30pm.
(Please note: Victoria will NOT be in the studio on Saturday 10th December)

If planning a visit, please feel free to Contact Me to confirm studio opening times.

Studio: Gardener's Cottage Studio, Eggleston Hall Nursery & Gardens, Eggleston, DL12 0AG

22nd August 2016

The summer is flying by and the gardens are as beautiful as ever surrounding my studio.

I'm having great fun working my way through a number of commissions and there's still lots to see and buy in the studio; I have only a few of this year's Original Tissue Paper Collage artworks still available to buy, a complete collection of framed limited edition prints and framed open edition prints, a range of fine china mugs, sets of mixed and matching placemats and an ever growing selection of greeting cards.

Normal studio opening times are shown below but if planning a visit and you would prefer to double check, please feel free to Contact Me to confirm studio opening times.

Studio: Gardener's Cottage Studio, Eggleston Hall Nursery & Gardens, Eggleston, DL12 0AG

Studio opening times: Thursdays & Fridays 10.30am - 2.30pm and, Saturdays, Sundays & Bank holidays, 10.30am - 4.30pm.
(Please note: Victoria will not be in the studio on Friday 9th September and Sunday 18th September 2016)

4th May 2016

Thank you to everyone who travelled from near and far to see the spring exhibition in Richmond. I cannot believe that it is already a month ago. Once again, the event was a huge success; selling many originals, prints, fine china mugs, coasters, placemats, many, many cards, with artwork being commissioned too. An added bonus, being lucky enough to catch up with some old friends and to meet many new ones.

A huge, 'Thank you,' to all my family too, whom without their help, support and encouragement at home, I would not be able to even consider putting on such an event. x.

On my return to the studio at Eggleston Hall Gardens, I have been, and continue to be, working on commissions. I really do love exhibiting at The Station and I look forward to organising the event every year ..but I do love returning to the gardens too!

Visitors are welcome to look around the studio when open; Original tissue paper collages, limited and open edition prints, fine china mugs, placemats, coasters and greetings cards are all available to view and purchase from the studio as always, please see below for opening times.

If planning a visit please feel free to contact me to confirm studio opening times.

Studio: Gardener's Cottage Studio, Eggleston Hall Nursery & Gardens, Eggleston, DL12 0AG

Studio opening times: Thursdays & Fridays 10.30am - 2.30pm and, Saturdays, Sundays & Bank holidays, 10.30am - 4.30pm.
(Please note: Victoria will not be in the studio on Saturday 9th July 2016)

My Spring 2016 Exhibition opens on Saturday 27th February at The Station, in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

The exhibition is free and runs through to Thursday 10th March. I plan to be at The Station most days while the exhibition is on and therefore my studio up at Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens will be closed.

The studio will also be closed on Friday 27th February for exhibition preparation. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Fear not, normal studio opening times will resume again soon, I will be back working from my studio at Eggleston from Saturday 12th March onwards.

The Station is a fantastic venue to visit, I shall be showing my new 2016 collection so far. Along with the tissue paper collage originals, there will be open edition and limited edition prints, brand new fine china mugs, placemats, coasters and greeting cards. Well worth a visit.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if further information is required.

The Studio : January and February 2016

Studio Opening Times through January and February 2016 are as follows, Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am - 2.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10.30am - 4pm.
The Studio will not be open on Sunday 7th February 2016 - apologies for any inconvenience

This time of year is traditionally when I have lots of fun creating new original tissue paper collages for my brand new 2016 Collection. I have lots of ideas and can't wait to get going!

'Spring 2016 Exhibition'
Victoria Bellas Carter and Suzanne Jewellery
Saturday 27th February - Thursday 10th March 2016
The Station, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4LD

Victoria and Suzanne are teaming up once again with their colourful and stylish collections; returning to this great venue to launch their, ‘Spring 2016 Exhibition.’ Alongside Suzanne's latest collection of beautiful and stunning glass beads, buttons, baubles and jewellery, this exhibition will showcase Victoria’s brand new framed and unframed tissue paper collage originals, framed limited edition and open edition prints and greeting cards; along with her new collection of fine china mugs, coasters and placemats.

Please don't hesitate to Contact Victoria for further information or

click here Spring 2016 Exhibition for find ot more...

If making a special visit, please feel free to Contact Me to confirm opening times and any other details you may require.

Gardener's Cottage Studio, Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, DL12 0AG.

5th January 2016

Studio Opening Times through January and February 2016 are as follows, Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am - 2.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10.30am - 4pm.
The Studio will not be open on Sunday 7th February 2016 - apologies for any inconvenience

This time of year is traditionally when I have lots of fun creating new original tissue paper collages for my brand new 2016 Collection. I have lots of ideas and can't wait to get going!

If making a special Visit, please feel free to Contact Me to confirm opening times and any other details you may require.

Gardener's Cottage Studio, Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, DL12 0AG.

8th December 2015

I am still busy working on commissions but there's lots to see and buy in the studio: I have a small number of original tissue paper collages still available to buy, including three brand new small pieces that I've been working on, alongside the commissions. There's a huge choice of open edition and limited edition framed prints, coaster gift packs and placemats to choose from too.

We have brought a beautiful tree from the gardens into the studios ...and of course added a touch of Christmas detail; the cafe is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and of course the colours in the garden are just lovely.

Studio Opening Times through November, up to and including, Saturday 19th December : Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am - 2.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10.30am - 4pm. THE STUDIO WILL BE CLOSED ON SATURDAY 12TH DECEMBER 2015
If making a special Visit, please feel free to Contact Me to confirm details.

Gardener's Cottage Studio, Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, DL12 0AG.

6th December 2015

My Studio is closed today due to 'Desmond' (the storm) turning off the electricity! ...apologies for any inconvienience caused.

26th October 2015

Placemats and Coasters are now back in stock. Fine China mugs will be back in stock very soon.

Studio Opening Times: Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30am - 2.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10.30am - 4.30pm. (The studio will be closed on Saturday, 31st October, apologies for any inconvenience caused).

Gardener's Cottage Studio, Eggleston Hall Nursery and Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, DL12 0AG.

2nd September 2015

I will not be in the studio at Eggleston Hall Gardens on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September 2015, apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Studio opening times will revert to usual the following week; Thursday 10th and Friday 11th September, 10.30am - 2.30pm and then, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September, 10.30am - 4.30pm.

30th August 2015

Another two commissions just collected today, another on the go and a quite a few to get started; it's been a very busy summer! I've met some amazing and wonderful people in the studio and have had such fun creating my tissue paper collage original artworks especially for them. I have to admit it is a lovely but sometimes quite a strange feeling to see my original creations leave, but it is fun to get to know where in the world they are moving on to. ...And of course, it's exciting to see where the next one will take me. I'm very passionate and devoted to this technique, I enjoy experimenting and just seeing how far I can manipulate, test and control the tissue. I love the challenge of working on commissions; understanding what it actually is that someone likes in something, what kind of mood and feel they want creating. ..And colour, don't get me started on colour; Colour has an unbelievable power to cheer a person’s mood, to raise a smile, to excite, to tease, to relax and to calm ...I feel very lucky.

26th August 2015

Studio Opening times at Eggleston Hall Nursery & Gardens are a little different this week; Friday 28th, Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August, 10.30am - 4.30pm. (I will not be in the studio on Thursday 27th August, apologies for any inconvenience caused).

23rd July 2015

Studio opening times this week are as follows, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm. Victoria will not be in the studio on Sunday 26th July 2015 - Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

8th July 2015

Studio Opening Times this week are different, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th July, 10.30am - 2.30pm and Sunday 12th July, 10.30am - 4.30pm.
I will not be in the studio on Saturday 11th July - Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

17th June 2015

Studio Opening Times this week are different, Thursday 18th June, 10.30am - 2.30pm and Sunday 21st June, 10.30am - 4.30pm.
The studio will be closed on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th June - Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

4th June 2015

Studio opening times this week are as follows: Thursday 4th, 10.30am - 2.30pm and Sunday 7th, 10.30am - 4.30pm.
The studio will be closed on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

6th May 2015

Studio opening times this week are as follows: Thursday 7th and Friday 8th, 10.30am - 2.30pm and Saturday 9th 10.30am - 4.30pm (The studio will be closed on Sunday 10th May).

25th March 2015

Thank you to all the visitors and friends who came to my annual spring exhibition at The Station in Richmond.

It has been a busy couple of months since Christmas, with the realization that with only three months to go I had a serious lack of work for the exhibition due to the number of commissions I had worked on between March and December, the pressure was definitely on!

I am delighted that the exhibition was such a success. As always, The Station in Richmond, really is a great place and although I'm pretty busy already with a number of commissions lining up for this year, I shall look forward to launching my new 2016 collection there next year!

Following on from the launch at the Station, my 2015 Exhibition continues from my studio in Eggleston Hall Gardens. Usual studio opening times are as follows; Thursday: 10.30am - 2.30pm, Friday: 10.30am - 2.30pm, Saturday: 10.30am -4.30pm, Sunday : 10.30am - 4.30pm, Bank Holidays: 10.30am - 4.30pm.

(...With young children sometimes the best laid plans can go a little wrong! ...to confirm opening times at anytime please don't hesitate to contact Victoria)

7th January 2015

I am now working towards my annual Spring Exhibition at The Station; Richmond, North Yorkshire. This year the exhibition opens on Saturday 7th March, running through to Thursday 19th March 2015.

With my commissioned work as well as exhibition pieces there will be less posts on Facebook over the next couple of months. Please rest assured, I will be working in my studio at Eggleston Hall Gardens as usual, Thursdays and Fridays 10.30am - 2.30pm and Saturdays and Sundays 10.30am - 4pm, (weather permitting!) Please contact me to confirm opening times if planning a visit.

The Gardens are open as usual, 10am – 5pm every day but please note, the café and Tea rooms are closed for refurbishment from Monday 5th January until Thursday 5th February 2015.

Best Wishes for 2015!

3rd December 2014

Studio opening times for the next couple of weeks are as follows:

Thursday 4th December 10.30am - 2.30pm
Friday 5th December 10.30am - 2.30pm
Saturday 6th December 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday 7th December -The studio will be closed

Thursday 11th December 10.30am - 2.30pm
Friday 12th December 10.30am - 2.30pm
Saturday 13th December 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday 14th December - 10.30am - 4.30pm

Thursday 18th December 10.30am - 2.30pm
Friday 19th December 10.30am - 2.30pm
Saturday 20th December 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday 21st December - The studio will be closed

The Studio will be closed over the Christmas break and Victoria will be back working in the studio from Thursday 8th January 2015.
If you were hoping to visit the studio over the Christmas break, please Contact Victoria to discuss.

27th November 2014

My little girl is poorly, so unfortunately I will not be able to open the studio at Eggleston Hall Gardens today. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Hopefully, I will be back working in the studio as normal tomorrow, 10.30am -2.30pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am - 2.30pm.

5th November 2014

...Visit the beautiful gardens, enjoy the extremely tempting Cafe and Tearoom and see Victoria at work in her studio. Browse around the gallery to view the many works-in-progress, brand new original artworks, framed giclée prints, fine china mugs, coasters, (...placemats coming soon) and greeting cards. Victoria's brand new Poppy themed Fine China mugs are now available too.

Core Studio Opening hours resume and are as follows...

Thursday 10.30am - 2.30pm
Friday 10.30am - 2.30pm
Saturday 10.30am - 5pm
Sunday 10.30am - 5pm
(Closed on Sunday 7th December)

As ever, things can go wrong, "..usually involving my husband, children or pets!" So if planning to travel specially, please Contact Me to confirm.

Victoria's Studio: Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, Durham, England, DL12 0AG. Eggleston Hall Gardens

To see her latest updates view Victoria's Facebook page here

Eggleston Hall Gardens

24th September 2014

My Studio Opening Times up at Eggleston Hall Gardens have had to change this week and are as follows:

Wednesday 24th September: 11am - 2.30pm
Thursday 25th September: Closed
Friday 26th September: 10.30am - 2.30pm
Saturday 27th September: 10.30am - 5pm
Sunday 28th September: Closed

www.facebook.com/victoriabellascarterartistanddesigner
www.egglestonhallgardens.co.uk

28th August 2014

Core Studio Opening hours resume and are as follows...

Thursday 10.30am - 2.30pm
Friday 10.30am - 2.30pm
Saturday 10.30am - 5pm
Sunday 10.30am - 5pm

As ever, things can go wrong, "..usually involving my husband, children or pets!" So if planning to travel specially, please Contact Me to confirm.

Victoria's Studio: Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, Durham, England, DL12 0AG. Eggleston Hall Gardens

To see her latest updates view Victoria's Facebook page here

Eggleston Hall Gardens

August 2014

Busy, busy, busy the whole summer long!

Studio Opening times this week are slightly different to usual, Please see below:

Friday 22nd August: 10.30am - 5pm
Saturday 23rd August: 10.30am - 5pm
Sunday 24th August: 10.30am - 5pm
Bank Holiday Monday: 25th August: 10.30am - 5pm
(Closed : Thursday 21st August 2014)

Victoria's Studio: Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, Durham, England, DL12 0AG. Eggleston Hall Gardens

To see her latest updates view Victoria's Facebook page here

Eggleston Hall Gardens

16th April 2014

"..This coming Easter weekend why not visit the beautiful gardens, enjoy the extremely tempting Cafe and Tearooms and see Victoria at work in her studio. Browse around the gallery to view the many works-in-progress and her brand new original artworks, framed giclée prints, fine china mugs and greeting cards.".

Studio: Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, Durham, England, DL12 0AG.

Victoria's Studio Opening Times:
Bank Holidays 10.30am - 4.30pm
Thursday and Friday: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10.30am - 4.30pm

To confirm opening times or to discuss visiting the studio on other days please don't hesitate to contact Victoria .

5th April 2014

On my return from Richmond the Spring flowers have suddenly added so much more colour to the gardens.

...Great to be back working from my wonderful studio at Eggleston Hall Gardens!

For more images taken in the gradens click here...

4th April 2014

The Spring Exhibition at The Station in Richmond has been such fun and a great success. I really do love exhibiting there; the building has such character, an amazing atmosphere, loyal friends and lovely visitors - Thank you.

...Already looking forward to returning again next year!

4th February 2014

Busily working to build up a new 2014 collection of work and although still early in the year the Gardens at Eggleston Hall are full of inspiration and beauty.

I'm currently working on original artworks for the Spring exhibition at the Station in March, See Exhibition Details by Clicking Here.

Usual Studio Opening hours up at Eggleston Hall through February will be Thursdays and Fridays: 10.30 - 2pm and Saturdays and Sundays: 10.30 - 4.30pm (Weather permitting)

Visit the studio to view my most recent framed and unframed original tissue paper collage originals, framed Giclée Prints, greeting cards and the brand new collection of fine china mugs.

If you are making a special journey please don't hesitate to Contact me to confirm opening times or for further information.

Eggleston Hall Gardens Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, Durham, England, DL12 0AG.

31st January 2014

I'm absolutely delighted and honoured to have been invited again to exhibit my work within the Royal Hoticultural Society Pavillion at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show in July. Although a very exciting and amazing opportunity, just at the moment I have to put my family first so I will not be exhibiting there this year.

I will continue to be based from my studio in the Gardener's Cottage up at Eggleston Hall Gardens throughout 2014.

See Studio Opening Times and Exhibition Details by Clicking Here.

19th December 2013

Gosh it's been a busy couple of months...

To see what I've been up to and some of my more recent artworks please click on this link to Facebook (You do not need to be 'on' facebook to view this page)

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

23rd October 2013

Still on with commissions, it's been a very busy year. Traditionally I have been known for working with bright, summer colours and since working from my new studio I know that my work has moved on in many different ways. I have been very interested in seeing how my style may change as I continue to work from the studio within the Eggleston Hall Gardens through the autumn and winter seasons. The colours in the gardens are fantastic at the moment, there's gorgeous reds and golds and of course greens, well worth a visit.

I have been commissioned to work on a very autumnal scene and although at first was feeling a touch uninspired, I took a stroll through the gardens and returned with all varieties of seed heads, thistles and flowers at their very 'Autumnal,' stage. I found some very interesting challenges to work with and with my inspiration and enthusiasm restored I couldn't wait to get started..

Visitors are welcome to visit the studio throughout the autumn and winter. Usual opening times are Thursdays and Fridays 10.30 - 2.pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10.30 - 5pm. These opening times are not guaranteed due to weather conditions and family commitments. I can be there most days and will most often be there more than the days and hours stated above so please, if you're thinking of visiting the studio and gallery, leave a message and I will confirm opening times more specifically.

24th July 2013

With commissions well underway over at the studio I can't wait to get working on some more meadow scenes (..in fact I have actually started another alongside the current commissions - I just couldn't resist!) I'm really enjoying the challenge of working to such fine detail and depths with the tissue papers, it's taking my work on to a whole new level.

With the aim of spending some quality time with my young children over their long awaited school summer holidays, I have had to plan my time differently. I will be in my studio on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10am - 5pm over the holiday period. As always though, if you are travelling specially, please contact me to let me know and I'll do my best to ensure I'm there.

Due to technical issues I have been unable to add images of my new Summer Collection to the website, I apologise for any inconvienience caused and will have the new work online as soon as possible.

7th July 2013

The, 'Summer Exhibition,' at The Station in Richmond has, once again been a great success - all those hours of preparation now feel very worthwhile! Thank you to all my family for all their help and support over the last few weeks (..and well, as long as I can remember really -I couldn't do it without them!)

I'm now back working from my studio in the Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Gardens, desperately trying to create new original pieces, alongside working on a number of commissions.

Thank you to everyone who came to view the exhibition, it was lovely to see you there.

13th June 2013

It's been absolute madness! I've been so busy creating new artwork for the Summer Exhibition at The Station in Richmond (..and desperately trying not to sell it before I get there!)

I'll be in Richmond tomorrow to set everything up and then the Exhibition opens on Saturday 15th June and will run through to Thursday 27th June 2013.

I plan to be at The Station on the following days between 10am and 5pm: Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th, Wednesday 19th, Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd, Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th June. (I will be there on Friday 28th, morning only to take down the exhibition).

Apologies once more for not getting images of my new artwork online as yet but may I suggest popping over to, 'The Station,'in Richmond to take a look first hand!

2nd June 2013

Busy busy busy..
The Summer Exhibition at The Station in Richmond is approaching fast, with less than two weeks to go I'm panicing a little! ..And with my new studio up at Eggleston Hall being such a great success I'm having to work harder than ever before. You're welcome to visit the studio up at Eggleston Hall (Please contact me to confirm that I'll be there when you call) and see the new works or wait for the exhibition at The Station which opens on Saturday 15th June.

3rd May 2013

Lots of beautiful flowers appearing in the gardens now I cannot help but feel inspired and creative. The colours are so very welcome after such a long winter. Pop along and visit the gardens this weekend, view some of my works in progress alongside original artworks, prints and cards. Take a walk around the lovely gardens and then a well deserved treat in the cafe.

To view images taken from my working studio,click here

3rd April 2013

I'm loving my new studio, the setting within the beautiful Eggleston Hall Gardens is perfect and so inspiring. Already creating work for the new 2013 collection, come along and take a sneaky peak!

I feel so inspired and having already created a number of new original tissue paper collages for the new collection since opening -I'm having a great time! The studio allows visitors to see me working and understand more about the tissue paper collage technique. On display there are framed originals, originals on canvas, prints and greeting cards alongside new works-in-progress too, visitors have already commented on how interesting it is to the collages at different stages.

My children's Easter holidays are affecting my opening times so if you're planning a visit, please let me know and I'll make sure I'm there to meet you.

22nd February 2013

With only one week to go before my new studio opens, I've had a busy few weeks but lots of fun too! I'm very excited to have been offered a room in the Gardener's Cottage set in the beautiful Eggleston Hall Gardens. Eggleston Hall Gardens

13th November 2012

Having had great fun exhibiting at the Living North Essence of Christmas Fair over at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park earlier in the month I am delighted to have just found out that I will be exhibiting at the very exciting, 'Enchanting Christmas Shopping Fayre,' at Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel in the Tees Valley. The fair opens for only two days on Wednesday 21st November 2012 and Thursday 22nd November 2012.

"Find all you need for Christmas at Wynyard Hall's biggest annual event - the Festive Shopping Fayre. See more than 120 exhibitors selling everything from art, decorations, fashion to books, toys and edible gifts. Seasonal entertainment will also be provided, with on-site cafe selling delicious cakes, sandwiches and snacks for when you need a break from all that retail therapy".

Only £4 per entry. If you buy your tickets online at www.wynyardhall.co.uk you'll receive a free tea or coffee voucher on arrival. All tickets are valid on either Wednesday or Thursday for one entry.

Hope to see you there...

14th September 2012

Teesdale Open Studios 2012 is only one week away and I'm really looking forward to setting up studio in the Gardener's Cottage up at Eggleston Hall again. With such a lovely atmosphere and such fantastic inspiration all around the Gardens and beyond, it really is a fantastic place to visit. Hope to see you there..

2nd August 2012

...Finally, after weeks of broadband problems my New Spring Summer 2012 collection is available to view here now - better late than never!

..and the broadband is doing just fine!

25th July 2012

Thank you to everyone who came to view the exhibition at The Station in Richmond in June, it was lovely to catch up with friends and meet many new. The Station has such a lovely atmosphere, I love exhibiting there and I'm looking forward to going back with new work in 2013.

I intend to have my website up to date displaying all new Summer 2012 artwork in the next couple of days. We have been without a working broadband service for a whole four weeks and it has been rather frustrating to say the least!

Best wishes to all..

21st May 2012

..Keeping very busy working on new artwork for the forthcoming exhibitions and If you would like to see me at work, I will be continuing this when up at the Gardener's Cottage at Eggleston Hall this Saturday (26th May 2012). Gallery opening times are 12.30 - 4pm.

1st May 2012

..Busy time at the moment with my original artworks being included in a number of exhibitions this spring including, Philip Bastow's Workshop and Gallery in Reeth, North Yorkshire; The Barnard Castle Nest in County Durham and also The Gardener's Cottage within the Eggleston Hall Gardens, Eggleston Hall.

I'm having lots of fun working on a brand new collection to be launched at the Summer 2012 Exhibition at The Station, in Richmond North Yorkshire opening on Saturday 30th June 2012.

For further information please visit Events or contact Victoria .

5th April 2012

This week has been a busy one:
Spent Sunday morning hanging new artwork for the very exciting, 'Flower Power,' exhibition at the Nest in Barnard Castle, which is now underway. Why not pop in and take a look?

...And then on to the beautiful Gardener's Cottage, within Eggleston Hall Gardens today in preparation for the Open Studios Summer exhibtion. This will open for the first time on Good Friday at 12.30pm. We're all very excited about having our work on display and for sale in such a lovely environment.

Both exhibitions are well worth a visit..

29th March 2012

This month has seen me working on a couple of new commissions and also brand new original artworks for the forthcoming Spring/Summer exhibitions.

I have been invited to exhibit at the new, 'Flower Power,' exhibition at The Barnard Castle Nest throughout April. Also as part of Teesdale Open Studios, I hope to have some work on display up at the delightful Gardener's Cottage within the beautiful Eggleston Hall Gardens but details for this still need to be confirmed.

Looking ahead also to the Summer 2012 Exhibiton at The Station in Richmond, opening on 30th June 2012.

Very Best Wishes for a Happy Easter....

20th February 2012

I'm now creating brand new original artworks for the Spring/Summer 2012 exhibitions..and having such fun in the process!

...I will always love the unpredictable nature of working with coloured tissue papers and just never knowing how the creations will evolve is all part of the mystery.

26th January 2012

I was surprised and delighted to be invited to exhibit at the 2012 Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show at Tatton Park, back in Decmeber.

However, after overcoming the initial excitement (..which took a while!) and considering other commitments and exhibitions I am already working towards, I felt that I just didn't have enough time to prepare myself and create sufficient artwork to attend the Flower Show this year.

Exhibiting at the RHS Flower Shows has always been something I have aspired to for longer than I can remember but had always delayed such ambitions until both my children were at school, this of course being from September 2012! So with a whole year to plan and prepare, I hope very much to be involved in the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show in July 2013. Luckily the organisers understood my position and reasoning.

..I'm excited already!

9th December 2011

My 'Christmas 2011,' Exhibition Opens tomorrow, Saturday 10th December 2011 when Philip's Bastow's Workshop and Gallery will be open for a special, 'late shopping evening'. This exhibition will run through into the new year. Framed tissue paper collage originals and unframed Originals on Canvas are on display and for sale in The Art Gallery on the ground floor and also upstairs, above Philip's workshop. Please see the events section for further details.

...I love this time of year and wish all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!

9th November 2011

With the Living North Christmas Fair held at the Newcastle Racecourse over once again for the year; I'd just like to thank everyone who came over to visit my stand and hope that lots of fun was had by all at the event.

I have a couple of commissions on the go at the moment and I'm also straight back into creating new original artwork to take along to the next Living North Christmas Fair to be held at Harewood House, Leeds. This fair opens on Friday 25th November and with so much to do and so little time left to do it in, I'd better get cracking!

25th October 2011

With the Living North Christmas Fair at Gosforth park, Newcastle Racecourse, just over a week away it's busy, busy, busy!

Don't miss this fantastic annual event!

Living North Christmas Fair 2011

7th October 2011

Just returned from a visit to the gorgeous Swaledale village of Reeth, located in the idyllic countryside of the North Yorkshire Dales. Such a beautiful day over there too!

A selection of my original (framed and also unframed originals on canvas) are now on display and for sale in this lovely part of the world.

Why not pop over to Reeth, take in some breathtaking scenery, be fascinated by Philip's individually tailored furniture using oak, ash, sycamore and elm and view my Autumn collection of tissue paper collage originals while you're there?

Philip Bastow's Workshop and Gallery

4th October 2011

Thank you to everyone who called in to the Gardener's cottage up at Eggleston Hall over the last week and helped make this years open studios event such a success. I hope you all had as much fun as I did!

Open Studios 2011

Sunday 25th September, and Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2011. 10 am to 5pm.

I have set up my studio for the event and will be creating tissue paper collage original artwork in the gorgeously set, Gardener's Cottage in the grounds of Eggleston Hall near Barnard Castle.

Teesdale is a beautiful area, the high fells of the upper dale are such a wonderful backdrop to the top half of the gardens. The Eggleston Hall gardens are beautiful and very inspiring, the nurseries stock a fantastic range of plants and flowers and a with a fantastic cafe, it really is a great place to visit. .... and such lovely weather promised too!

Why not come and visit us?

18th September 2011

I'm off to Eggleston Hall Gardens in the morning to begin setting up for the forthcoming Open Studios Event. This year I will be demonstrating and creating original artwork in the Gardener's Cottage, Eggleston Hall Gardens at Eggleston Hall.

I will be working in the studio on Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th September, and Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2011. 10 am to 5pm.
During the week: Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th September. 10 am to 5 pm.

Eggleston Hall Gardens, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, Durham, England, DL12 0AG.

22nd July 2011

The last couple of months have been busy, the recent exhibitions at The Station in Richmond and The Witham Hall in Barnard Castle have been very successful and enjoyable too. Thank you to all who visited.

I have now taken a selection of original artwork over to Philip Bastow's Gallery in Reeth, this exhibition will run through to mid September. I have a number of commissions to work on and then will be starting preparations for the Open Studios event in September.

Best wishes for a less rainy summer!

July 2011

Finally got around to joining facebook, something I have been meaning to do for a while.

I have also just set up a business page. I need 25 'likes' to guarentee my spot. Please, 'like me,' by clicking the link below. Thank you.

June 2011

Gosh...Where did June go! ....Very busy month - Suzanne and I had a great exhibition at The Station in Richmond. Thank you to all who came to see us.

May 2011

....Busy, busy, busy....I'm working very hard (..and late in to the night!) in preparation for the launch of the new Spring/Summer Collection at The Station in Richmond next month.

The Exhibition Opens on Saturday 11th June and runs through to Friday 24th June 2011.

The Station, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4LD.

March/ April 2011

I'm keeping busy working on new original artwork for the forthcoming exhibitions in the Summer. Experimenting with different colour combinations, compostions and varieties of flowers, I really am having great fun being creative and feel very lucky to have the enthusiasm and support from my husband, family and friends which allows me to do so.

This gorgeous sunny weather is really helping the garden along, bringing the beautiful flowers and blossoms to full bloom. So very inspiring...

February 2011

I'm continuing to work on creating new and exciting original artwork for the forthcoming Spring Summer exhibitions. Inspired and very enthusiastic, with just a slight lack of sleep, I'm having lots of fun!

January 2011

...December was a very busy month, with many late nights and early mornings I amazingly managed to complete all commissions on time but then fell ill over Christmas ..Cracking Timing!

With many new year resolution intentions, including a need for many more early nights and a definate need to be more organised next Christmas!! Right now, I'm having great fun enjoying some quality family time...

...Having said that, I am feeling very inspired and can't wait to get creative again.

Very best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year!

December 2010

We have a Winter Wonderland in Staindrop, it's very pretty ...and very cold!

Just returned from the Essence Of Christmas Fair in Harrogate at the weekend, the Snow created a very romantic setting for such an event. Thank you to all who braved the severe winter conditions and came anyway.

I now have a number of commissions to work on, many of which need to be complete for Christmas. ...And with that I shall be off to be creative.

..."Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year"...

November 2010

I've just returned from The Living North Essence Of Christmas Fair at The Newcastle Racecourse. The exhibition proved to be very successful and was of course, great fun!

Once again I was lucky enough to bump in to people who had purchased my artwork seven or eight years ago which is really lovely. I still find it hard to believe that I have been working in this style for over ten years now.

The Living North Essence Of Christmas Fair in Harrogate is my next deadline. The first Living North fair in Yorkshire promises to be every bit as exciting as the Newcastle one. I am planning to have some new original artworks on canvas for the event, as well as the framed original artworks, open edition prints, limited edition prints and ever growing collection of greetings cards. For further information, please follow the link. Living North Fairs

29th October 2010

The Teesdale Open Studios Event for 2010 has just come to an end. I have to say last week I was finding the whole idea very daunting but I have had a really lovely time. I set up my studio in the, 'My Generation,' retro boutique in Barnard Castle. A fantastic little space and I have met some very interesting people along the way. A special thank you to Suzanne for inviting me to set up in her middle room. We had an amazing 205 people come through the doors on the first Saturday. Fantastic!

October 2010

11th October 2010 - I am incredibly busy at the moment finishing off several commissions acquired earlier in the year. I am also working on a number of small pieces of artwork on canvas. There has been a lot of interest taken in the couple I had and sold at the exhibition at The Station in Richmond, back in June and also at Philip Bastow's Workshop and Gallery in Reeth.

I hope to have several finished and on display for the Teesdale Open Studios Event (..less than two weeks away now!) and those which are not finished I plan to be working on during the event.

If you'd like to come along to see my new work and watch me working, please follow the link to The Open Studios Website, where all the necessary information can be found and the new 2010 booklets can be downloaded.

For this years Teesdale Open Studios Event , I will be setting up a temporary studio in the new and exciting, vintage, retro boutique known as, 'My Generation.' Located right next to the Butter Market, opposite Barclays Bank in Barnard Castle town centre. Parking can be found directly outside the shop, there are also a number of car parks and other street parking close by.

I will be working in the studio on Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October 2010. 10.30am - 5.30pm.

'My Generation,' boutique will be open as normal during the week. My artwork will be on display in the studio throughout the open studios event, although I cannot be there every day during the week.

To meet me at the studio during week days, please phone in advance to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions about this or any of the other up and coming exhibitions please don't hesitate to contact me.

Teesdale Open Studios

...The Living North Christmas Fairs are fast approaching too! Newcastle Racecourse 4th - 7th November and Yorkshire Event Centre 26th -28th November 2010. Please follow the links for more information regarding these fantastic Christmas Fairs.

Living North Fairs

August 2010

9th August 2010 - Although a bit of a balancing act at the moment, whenever I do get some spare time I can't wait to get back up to the attic and enjoy being artistic and creative all over again. In fact it is quite a treat!

...This afternoon however, my four year old daughter decided that she should come up with me, (.. in her own words..) ".. Just to see what's actually going on up there!" This is not normally allowed however on this occasion she won me over, so off we went. I sat her at an easel with her own sheet of stretched paper and wooden board and I have to admit it was an entertaining experience for all especially when she almost immediately launched in to 'song' as she started her collage creation. ...And with a big pot of glue and a mass of coloured tissue papers surrounding her she was in her element!!

As enjoyable as it was, thankfully after a little while she decided she may be missing something more exciting downstairs with Daddy and her little brother, so I did eventually have quite a productive couple of hours at work.

I am currently working on a number of commisions along with some new work on paper and canvas in preparation for the forthcoming exhibitions and fairs.

I have just returned from a 'Teesdale Open Studios,' Meeting, where all the final ideas and plans are coming together. As well as the actual open studios week there will be an exhibtion at The Station in Richmond and also at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle. I will update the website once all details have been confirmed.

If you would like a copy of the official Teesdale Open Studios/Artists Network Booklet once it becomes avalable just leave your details and I will arrange to send one out. Contact Victoria

Anyway wishing you a very happy summer and with that, I had now better get back to some work!!

July 2010

27th July 2010 - The summer is going so fast, I just can't keep up! I had thought July may be a slightly less hectic month following the two exhibitions and two children's parties to organise in June but to be honest my feet have hardly touched the ground!

It is just over a year now since deciding to venture out on a slightly more exciting path by promoting and selling my artwork myself. ...Of course fitting around the needs of my two lovely children, which basically means working whenever they go to sleep!!

The 2009 Living North Fairs were my debut and having also had a number of successful exhibitions since I am really looking forward to the forthcoming fairs to exhibit my new collection of distinctive and striking tissue paper collage artwork. At this years fairs, in addition to the original framed art work and greeting cards, I will have available a number of Limited Edition and Open Edition Giclée prints and also original unframed artworks on canvas.

This year I will also be taking part in The Teesdale Open Studios Event running over Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October 2010.

This is all very exciting but I have a lot of work to get done!!

...so I'm off to be creative....

June 2010

24th June 2010 - After successful exhibitions at The Station, in Richmond and The Witham Hall in Barnard Castle it has been a busy month to say the least. Thank you to everyone who visited the exhibitions, I hope you enjoyed viewing the work. Thank you also for the many lovely 'comments' left too.

I have just returned from taking a selection of artwork up to Reeth, in Swaledale, North Yorkshire, for the next exhibition to be held at Philip Bastow's Workshop and Art Gallery.

Over the last couple of weeks I have acquired a number of commissions to work on, which will certainly keep me out of trouble for a short while - at least!!

8th June 2010 - With the exhibition at The Station in Richmond still ongoing, orders for Wedding Invitations and children's Birthday party organising ...in the rain! -including baking and icing a Rainbow cake; this month has already been really rather hectic and we are not even half way through!

Thank you so much to everyone who has been to view the exhibition at The Station so far and for the lovely comments written too.

I hope you are very happy with your purchases and I hope they bring, 'Sunshine,' in to your homes even on the rainiest and dullest of days! Thank you

The exhibition at The Station is running until Friday 11th June so there's still a couple of days left to view. ...Hope to see you there.

Suzanne and I are also organising our second exhibition at The Witham Hall in Barnard Castle. This exhibition opens on Friday 18th June at 10am and runs through to 4pm on Wednesday 23rd June. Suzanne and I will try to be there together as often as possible between the hours of 10am and 4pm.

May 2010

This month has flown by whilst preparing for the exhibition at The Station in Richmond. I've been working on some new work especially for the event so it's all very exciting!

The Exhibition opens on Saturday 29th May and runs through to Friday 11th June 2010. My artwork will be on display on The Mezzanine for the full two weeks along with Suzanne's Jewellery. I intend to be at The Station as much as possible (...but with two small children it is taking a bit of organising!)

Currently I plan to be at The Station from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th and Bank Holiday Monday 31st May. Also Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Friday 11th June. Suzanne and I will be taking the exhibtion down from about 10am on Friday 11th June.

On the days when I can attend the Station, I will have cards and limited edition prints on display and for sale in addition to the original artwork.

I aim to keep these details up to date so if there are any changes to the dates when I am able to attend they will be shown on this website as soon as possible.

I will attempt some spontaneous visits to The Station on other days too but if you would like to meet with me, please leave a message to let me know when you plan to be there and I will do my best to be there too.

Please do come along, entry is free and it really is a fantastic place to visit.

April 2010

April just seems to have come around and be passing so quickly. Spring is such a lovely time of year with the light nights and gorgeous flowers in the gardens, I'm feeling very inspired.

Thank you to everyone who came over to my stand at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate earlier this month. I really enjoyed the whole experience and having never attended a trade fair up until now, I learned an awful lot in a couple of days! Please don't hesitate to Contact Me if you wish to follow up any discussions we may have had.

I am now looking forward to my next exhibition to be held at The Station in Richmond starting on 29th May and running through to the 11th June.

Alongside my original art work on display at The Station, there will be a stunning range of necklaces, bracelets and earings, designed and individually created by Suzanne Tweddle of Suzanne Jewellery .

'The Station,' really is such a great venue to visit, (not to mention the delicious cakes!) We hope to see you there...

March 2010

I've been busy doing lots of research, organising and looking into exhibitions, fairs and visiting possible venues for exhibiting. As well, of course, as trying to escape up to my studio at every opportunity to work on some new images and designs.

...although I've enjoyed every moment, experimenting and creating new art work is definately more fun!

After entering two pieces of artwork into, 'The County Durham Spring Open Art Exhibition', I am delighted that both pieces have been successful and will be included in the exhibition running from 19th April to 8th May at, 'Locomotion' ', The National Railway Museum at Shildon, County Durham.

Also, I'm very much looking forward to the Spring Exhibition at, 'The Station,' in Richmond, North Yorkshire, running from the 29th May to 11th June. Once more Suzanne and I are working together on this one. My original tissue paper collage Art Work will be on display alongside Suzanne's beautifully hand created glass beads, which she incorporates into a stunning range of necklaces, bracelets and earings.

Suzanne has been working on new ideas and designs too, so it's all very exciting!

'The Station', is a truly fantastic venue and well worth a visit. Hope to see you there!

February 2010

I am feeling very inspired and enthusiatic about the year ahead.

Some of you may know that as well as the original art work displayed on this web site, I have also designed a selection of greeting cards based on my original art work. These went down very well at the recent exhibitions and will hopefully soon be available to purchase on this website.

I am also looking into creating a number of limited edition prints to sell alongside my original art work. If you are interested in either cards or limited edition prints before they become available on this site please Contact Me .

In January I was approached to do a talk and demonstration for, The Barnard Castle Art Appreciation Society. I took a number of pieces of recent art work along with my portfolio, which shows clearly how I have progressed and developed my style over the last thirteen years. I believe fun was had by all and I have since, been asked to do a similar session for The Cotherstone Flower Club, in May. I have worked on a number of projects with children in various schools so it was quite a different, but equally enjoyable experience, working with adults this time.

Still very much enjoying working from home. which allows me to be there for and enjoy my young children as they grow. Although it is quite a challenge getting the balance right!

...We are all very much looking forward to spring and all the wonderful colours and flowers that it may bring.

January 2010

Happy New Year!

....Gosh! What a lot of snow!

I've been very busy with card projects and desperately trying to motivate myself to get up in the attic to work on a commission and some new work. It is just so cold up there!!

I have in fact resorted to bringing my work downstairs to work on, which is great unless the chilldren gain access to the room in question. If they do see my room full of coloured tissue papers and pots of glue, their eyes just light up. The potential damage, mess and just general chaos they are very good at creating, would reach a whole new level!

...such Fun!!

December 2009

I really enjoyed meeting those of you who visited the recent exhibition in Barnard Castle. Thank you for taking the time to visit at such a busy time of year. Suzanne and I have booked this venue again. I will be co-ordinating a Spring/Summer exhibition of Art work to be displayed alongside Suzanne's very individual and stunning jewellery, back at The Witham Hall in June 2010.

If you have any questions with regard to my Framed original art work or if you are interested in commissioning a special piece, please do not hesitate to Contact Me .

...Christmas just seems to have arrived so quickly and there still seems to be so much to do...

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.

November 2009

November 2009: Thank you to all those who came to see me and my work at the two Living North Christmas Fairs. It was lovely to meet you all and I very much enjoyed chatting and hearing your reactions to my work.

...And to those of you who purchased some of my original art work, I hope you are enjoyng it!

I also acquired a number of commissions as a direct result of the Christmas Fairs. I had actually forgotten how exciting it can be to work with a client to create a unique piece of art work specific to their requirements. It really becomes a very special experience for all involved.

If anyone has any questions or thoughts with regard to art work on display at the fairs or even how to go about commissioning art work, please do not hesitate to Contact Me .

I have been given a fantastic opportunity (..at very short notice) to exhibit at The Witham Hall - Castle Gallery, Barnard Castle, County Durham.

My Framed original art work will be on display and available to purchase alongside the beautfully hand created glass beads incorporated in to a stunning range of necklaces, bracelets and earings, of Suzanne Tweddle of Suzanne Jewellery.

Neither Suzanne or myself have exhibited our work in the wonderfully historic town of Barnard Castle so it will hopefully be an exciting experience for us both.

The exhibition is open from Friday 27th November to Wednesday 2nd December 2009, 10am - 4pm.

Please do call in to see us.

October 2009

The Living North Christmas Fairs are fast approaching, and there still seems lots of organising and preparing to do. (..Although I promise I am not panicking!)

I've been working on a number of new pieces of art, these are soon to be presented on the website and will be on display and for sale at the fairs. I am so looking forward to meeting people at the wonderful venues and really just the whole experience.

Feeling very enthusiastic and inspired I have really enjoyed and appreciated having, once again, dedicated time to create art work. I have to thank Ian and my Mum and Dad for all their help and support which has enabled me to have this special time.

Something New: I have also been working on a range of greetings card designs taken form original art work. These will be available to purchase for the first time at The Living North Christmas Fairs and I intend to have them on display and available to purchase on the website shortly.

It's all very exciting..

The Living North Christmas Fairs 2009:
Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park 5th - 8th November and Wynyard Hall 13th - 15th November. (See, 'Links,' page for more details)