“Here is all I want to be” at Darsham Nurseries 2nd November to 4th January

Posted on October 27, 2017


Darsham Nurseries Café Gallery, Main Road, Darsham, Suffolk, IP17 3PW

2nd November 2017 to 4th January 2018

Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.00pm; closing on Sundays and Bank Holidays at 4.00pm

Shingle Street     © Tessa Sinclair

The East Coast of Suffolk is an ancient and varied landscape, featuring natural heathlands, rural farmland and rugged beaches.  Away from the better known seaside towns with their social holiday ambiance, there is a sense of time suspended. A gentle evolution is taking place with its own pace and rhythm.  Photographer Tessa Sinclair has captured the essence of the area in a series of arresting images, entitled ‘Here is all I want to be’ which will be exhibited at Darsham Nurseries from 2nd November to 4th January.  The photographs are published in a limited edition book also entitled ‘Here is all I want to be’.

The Wave    © Tessa Sinclair

Commenting on the book Tessa Sinclair said: “‘Here is all I want to be’ is about being in ‘the present’, in nature. It is a journey of images taken on the East Coast of Suffolk, a place that has many layers of history and an ever-changing palette of light. The images portray both the tranquillity that we all seek from nature and the more unsettling and foreboding places, which are found here. They are immersive in quality and the huge distance from the grass or shingle at your feet to the horizon is mesmerizing.”

Winter Dunes      © Tessa Sinclair

‘Here is all I want to be’ in book form is a limited edition and costs £30.  The larger format individual photographs are also available to buy framed or unframed.



Tessa Sinclair is a photographer who grew up in Suffolk but studied photography in London where she is also a doctor. (After embarking on an MA in photography at Westminster University in 2010 she was drawn into making photobooks. This led her into working in collaboration with writers, editors, curators and photographers who have an interest in ‘the image’ as part of a sequence.) Her interest in the landscape and how we as humans respond to places stems from her exposure to peoples’ histories in the surgery and to her own experience. She is now publishing handmade books of high quality images, which people can enjoy in their own time, in their own space. She continues to work in both fields and finds they enrich each other.


Darsham Nurseries is a unique destination – first and foremost a plant nursery, from which parallel endeavours have grown, including its much lauded café, gallery and shop which all share a common approach to quality and a simple aesthetic.  It is the vision of David Keleel and a team of collaborators.

The nursery attracts many loyal customers. The café has become quite the meeting place for people from all walks of life who savour the uniquely-prepared home-grown food with Pump Street Bakery Bread (and the wine list). Others come for plants and horticultural advice or to find unique gifts, art and housewares that may not be available elsewhere.


Living Letters at The Lettering Arts Centre

Posted on October 2, 2017

Living Letters Exhibition: 6 October to 13 November 2017

The Lettering Arts Centre,

Snape Maltings,


IP17 1SP


More than 20 lettering artists and designers have each chosen an individual letter of the alphabet to create, using a variety of techniques and media. Seeing their individual approaches makes us look again at the 26 letters that collectively describe our world.

This new collection presents the work and imagination of today’s leading lettering artists as they pay homage to the DNA of our written communications. The variety of works in the Living Letters exhibition unveils pieces that are humourous, enigmatic, whimsical and scholarly. Letters are incised onto Welsh slate, printed by woodcut, or carved into oak and sycamore.

The marks we recognise today have been 5000 years in the making.  Throughout history, their visible expression has been shaped by the technologies available, by fashion and imagination. They’ve been scratched, penned, brushed, printed, drawn, carved, cast and etched. But as well as being functional, letters hold great creative and graphic possibility as evidenced by this exhibition.

The collection brings together the work of masters of contemporary letter design such as John Neilson, Tom Perkins and Peter Furlonger.

‘Living Lettes’ also reunites Master carver Charlotte Howarth and her former apprentice, Louise Tiplady.  Through the Lettering Arts Trust’s apprenticeship programme, Louise was taught by Charlotte for two years from 2005 and is now an independent artist with an established reputation. Her playful work ‘Buzz’ demonstrates the creative possibilities of the contemporary makers.

Charlotte Howarth has created a study of ‘U’.  Look carefully at the piece and you will see underwear…

Charlotte comments, “I chose the letter U because it can be symmetrical, and therefore, I thought I could carve something and also take a print from the carving – making an interesting process for myself! The U is also big, a bit like a pair of super large knickers. We have quite a few funny underwear stories in my family, and the idea just planted itself into my mind, a visual image, ready to be made. In some ways, the work is a celebration of ageing and an acceptance of size, a joyful admission and glamorisation of a middle age woman’s underwear – and why not?”

The letters of the alphabet are the building blocks of our writing system, conveying the written word and the sounds of a spoken language. This random handful of marks, lines and shapes opens up a universe of thought and shared ideas, of experience, learning and exploration. Two basic elements – a straight stroke and a curved stroke – combine to give us the 26 distinct shapes we are familiar with. Shapes that, in their differing styles, give words a voice and character and enhance the meaning of the text.

All works are for sale, with prices ranging from £50 to £2,900.


‘Living Letters’ at the Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, IP17 1SA

Dates: 6 October – 13 November 2017. Admission:  Free to all visitors.

Opening Times: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays 11am-5pm. Closed Tues-Thurs.

Further information: www.letteringartstrust.org.uk  01728-688393 Twitter: @Lettering_Arts Instagram: letteringartstrust  Facebook:@letteringartstrust

Orford Craft Shop soon to re-open as Orford Craft Centre

Posted on September 4, 2017

The Orford Craft Shop was very popular with visitors who were attracted by the eclectic range of baskets displayed in front of the shop. Much of the stock in Orford Crafts was locally made or had a local theme, including baskets, pottery, books, jams and preserves.

Owner, Stuart Bacon, is a noted marine archaeologist and has dived in the waters off Dunwich many times, exploring the ruins of the former town of Dunwich. Information gained from these dives was documented in an exhibition on the first floor.

Stuart has now decided to retire and the shop is undergoing refitting and refurbishment in the hands of the licensees of The King’s Head. On completion of this work the shop will re-open as the Orford Craft Centre. Details will be released soon.


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