Well-known textile artist Angela Knapp from Castle Cary will be exhibiting at our charity event in aid of the National Kidney Federation early next month (December, 2015).
Angela, who specialises in creating unique images of birds, will be at our Land, Sea and Sky Exhibition on Monday, December 7.
She will have a selection of her artwork on show and will also be here to chat to visitors and show them how she creates a piece from start to finish.
Angela began her creative journey (in birds) back in 2014 with a blackbird and realised she needed to start experimenting to find a technique using fabric and thread that allowed her to add small details.
Angela has always drawn and painted but a move to Somerset in 2008 finally gave her the time to experiment and having discovered the wonders of fabric she bought her first sewing machine.
After making lots of traditional quilts and experimenting with textile art in landscapes, she started to experiment with a piece based on a blackbird, 11 pieces later it’s become her obsession!
The Clavelshay Barn Restaurant team is organising the exhibition to celebrate Somerset’s landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes while also helping raise funds for the National Kidney Federation, a charity close to my heart.
My father, Leslie, aged 86, became very ill last year with kidney failure. He is now having to undertake kidney dialysis three times a week.
Suddenly we were thrust into a world of hospital appointments and eventually dialysis. We became aware of the large number of people who suffer from similar problems, and of the amazing job that the dialysis centres do for these patients.
The regional centre for renal disease is based in Exeter, where they look after a population of almost one million in Devon and Somerset. My father is lucky to have his treatment at the Taunton Dialysis Unit at Creech Castle, Taunton, which is closer to his home.
The care he has been given is exceptional and is enabling him to live a normal life, and my parents were fortunate to be able to celebrate their diamond wedding earlier this year.
Our fundraising art and crafts evening at Clavelshay Barn Restaurant will be in aid of the National Kidney Federation and will take place from 6pm until 9pm on Monday, December 7.
Admission to the general public is free.
There will also be complimentary wine tastings and I will be serving mince pies and mulled wine during the evening too.
For further details, please call 01278 662629 or visit www.clavelshaybarn.co.uk.