‘Plomesgate’ is the name of the Hundred in which lies White House Farm, Great Glemham, the scene of annual delights over recent years, duly commented on in my posts. Last year’s ‘Cornucopia’ has this year become Plomesgate Fair, mainly by changing the emphasis from the visual arts to a celebration of ‘Folk Music, Farming, Heritage Crafts and Creative Arts’ in rural Suffolk. The result is splendid and refreshing: gone are wall-fulls of paintings (some of dubious merit) and lots of sculpture and in comes a range of crafts including an outstanding exhibition called ‘Land – Plant – Fibre’ showing the questing work of Sarah Butters, mainly in wool:
Backyard Shawl 2019. Glemham mule, Orfordness Jacob and Hebridean lambs’ wool, plant dyes
The artist explains that the shawl is based on a view beside the Farm across the ploughed land to a horizon of bracken and grass below a blue/white sky.
In the foreground of this image is a woollen bowl.
As the Fair is now over, in a sense there is little point in continuing this post; but I would like to say a word about two of the graphic artists exhibited here to acknowledge the interest of their work. Since it might well be several days before I have time to do that, I’ll publish this note as it stands now and deal with Harry Becker and Jason Gathorne-Hardy separately.