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Exhibitions & Design Consultancy

Earth, Line, Surface, Curve & Gleam

A weekend exhibition in the Potting Palace and garden of Marchants Hardy Plants

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August 2017
10am - 5pm

Jenny Crisp - willow baskets
Lucy Goffin - textiles
Carol Grantham - textiles
Barbara Kennington - textiles
Annie McManus - paintings
Chrissie Messenger - stitched and painted pictures
Micki Schloessingk - woodfired saltglazed pots
Jean Scott-Moncrieff - jewellery
Jo Sweeting - sculpture, letter-carving and printmaking

Marchants Hardy Plants
2 Marchants Cottages, Mill Lane, Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6AJ
01323 811737
www.marchantshardyplants.co.uk/


“The essence of the world is a flower”

Portland stone Bowl by Jo Sweeting

This bowl was hand carved in Portland stone and donated by Albion Stone Quarry, Portland. It was then carved to fine finish and the letters drawn out by hand. Then with the simple tools of a mallet and chisel it was letter carved.

It was made by me as a response to the Channel 4 film ‘The Gardener of Aleppo’. An incredible film made by a Syrian filmmaker called Waad El-Kateab. The journalist was Channel 4’s Teresa Smith. The film was made in August 2016 in the bombed streets of Aleppo. Please watch it if you can.It tells the harrowing but incredible story of the last garden centre in Aleppo which was run by Abu Ward and his 13 year old son Ibrahim. Abu’s name means “Father of the Flowers”. His son Ibrahim had given up school to help him grow and water the plants.

They had worked together in the city for five years and were growing plants which people bought to grow on the cities roundabouts to show “life in the face of death”. These were small islands of vitality. The father and son also provided flowers to lay on the graves of the city's dead.

Abu Ward believed that the ordinary people owned the whole world and celebrated the joy flowers bought to people. He said “Flowers help the world. There is no greater beauty than flowers. They nourish the heart and soul”.

6 months after the film was made a bomb dropped close to the garden and Abu Ward was killed outright. His son was left without his father and with no focus for his life.The garden centre closed.

There is news that Ibrahim is alive and living with family members in Aleppo. Abu Ward spoke the words,

“The essence of the world is a flower”

I celebrate and remember his joy in this bowl and hope that you will make bids to buy the bowl or make donations to Aleppo for Medicine Sans Frontiers

Auction to raise funds for Aleppo and all donations to be given to Medicins Sans Frontieres

Starting bid of £1,200. The bowls usually sell for £3,000. All offers over £1,200 gratefully received.

Either hand in a form to Lucy and Graham this weekend or email Jo Sweeting on josweeting3@hotmail.com or telephone on 07411099837 / 01273553767

Past Exhibitions

2016 Exhibition at Pond House Studio, Isfield, Nr Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5TY
2015 ‘The Studio at Marchants Hardy Plants’ - An exhibition in the informal space of Lucy's studio at Marchants Hardy Plants
2014 ‘Earth, Line, Surface, Curve & Gleam’ - A weekend exhibition in the Potting Palace and garden of Marchants Hardy Plants
2013 ‘The Studio at Marchants Hardy Plants’ - An exhibition in Lucy's Studio at Marchants Hardy Plants
2012 ‘Line, Surface, Curve & Gleam’ - A weekend exhibition in the Potting Palace and garden of Marchants Hardy Plants
2011 ‘Ripe Artwave’ - An exhibition of a selected group of artists from Sussex in the delightful village of Ripe
2007-8 ‘Indigo - A Blue To Dye For’ - Whitworth Art Gallery / Plymouth / Brighton Art Gallery
2006-9 Wonderful Workshops, Jaipur, India - Tutor for ‘Stitches of the Desert’ workshop
2005 ‘Slate & Fibre Optic Tondo’ - Major commission for Glyndebourne Opera House
2000 ‘Year of the Artist’ - Arts Council Residency at Great Dixter House and Garden
1998 ‘Cloths of Gold’ - Contemporary Applied Art Gallery, London
1998 Commission for Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hampshire
1998 Contemporary Trinity Vestments for Winchester Cathedral
1997 Contemporary Advent Vestments and Copes for Winchester Cathedral
1992 ‘Out of the Frame’ - Crafts Council, London
1991 ‘Beyond the Dovetail’ - Crafts Council, London
1991 Major solo exhibition, Crafts Council of Ireland, Dublin
1990 Awarded the John Ruskin Award by the Guild of St.George
1987-8 Designer to Anokhi, Jaipur, India
1989 BBC programme - ‘Handmade’
1987 Channel 4 Film - ‘Pieced Pictures’
1983 British Art New Direction, New York
1982 British Needlework - The Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo & Kyoto
1982 ‘One-off Wearables’ - British Crafts Centre (BBC)
1982 ‘The Makers Eye’ - Crafts Council, London
1982 ‘British Textile Art’ - British Council lecture tour of Japan
1981-5 Stitched detail designs for Jean Muir Autumn and Spring Collections
1980 ‘British Craftsmen of Distinction’ - Gallery Kraus, Paris
1977 Musee des Arts Decoratif, Paris
1977 Schweitzer Heimatwerk Gallery, Zurich
1975 Design Centre, London
1973 Two person exhibition with Mo Jupp, BBC, London