So to continue the Art Trail …….Part 7

Having refuelled at The Farmer’s Kitchen and seen the Taster Exhibition we are ready to explore the second half of the Trail from Alburgh to Hedenham.

Right on the doorstep of The Farmers Kitchen you should see the HWAT purple flag flying at the bottom of the drive of ……

Artist 18 – Scribbly Roo

Up the drive, to Holbrook House, there is parking at the top and no less than 5 Artists work to see!

Through the garden gate on the left hand side of the house you will find Scribbly Roo’s Garden Studio.

From her own creative writing and travels, Scribbly Roo creates images using traditional and digital methods of drawing and painting. 

Roo also has her range of laser cut jewellery all inspired and influenced by her illustration. The Natural Collection, Dreamscape, and Seafaring a highly collectable series of black birds, crows, rabbits and hares, foxes, spiders, beetles and the very popular…octopus.

Scribbly Roo is staying OPEN ALL WEEK from 25 – 27th May 11am – 6pm

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After ScribblyRoo walk back to the front of the house but don’t leave!! At the other end of the garden is The Barn in which is…..

Something completely new this year! 

Emerging Artists – Studio 19

An idea dreamed up by Scribbly Roo, who as the youngest member of HWAT has first hand experience of how hard it can be starting up as a freelance artist. Which means she also has sympathy and admiration for those who just ‘go for it’ regardless…brave people.

Very few people enter the art world to make money; most do it because they are driven to make art or they love to look at it or be around artists. This means they are often passionate, curious, sensitive types. Nice fun people! The Art world offers a nice life. Come in! It’s not easy though, it’s not all wealth, celebrity and free booze. A lot of man hours and heartache are involved but it’s a very rewarding and an exciting place to hang out.’ 
Grayson Perry

Being a self employed Artist may sound like the dream job but it’s no walk in the park. 
Earning a living as a creative, whether you started the second you left University or after a career doing something completely different requires nerves of steel.

As well as a creative mind you need to be at one with customers, accountancy, tax, marketing and social media, in all it’s forms. 

Emerging Artists is a way of encouraging and supporting artists in East Anglia who are in the early stages of their artistic careers. The scheme lets them know we understand and gives them an extra platform to meet the public and show their work, introducing the public to new artists and visa versa.

In The Barn at Holbrook House this week is a dynamic group of new creatives who’s work you will enjoy.

Jessica D’Alton Goode 

Illustration, Painting and Ceramics
“I love making opulent, bright things, full of feeling: Little birds, gentle elephants, sphinx-like cats, colossal whale-sharks, and towers of cheeky chickens. Hares and patterns and myths and gold.” Jessica’s fascinating collection of work takes the form of framed original paintings, prints and hand painted cards.

Originally Jessica studied Film at Bournemouth Art University but turned to illustration after winning the Children’s Book Of the Year award in 2016. Using watercolours, acrylic and inspired by myths and legends; Jessica currently works from her tiny kitchen studio in Norwich, where she is working on new children’s stories in collaboration with her partner, Writer, Scott Barton.


Chloe Scott

Woven Textiles
Chloe graduated from Norwich University of the Arts in 2017.  “In January 2018 I decided to start my own Woven Design Business, with the aim to work on products, collections and commissions.” 

Chloe is based at Designer Makers in Diss where she is able to accommodate her looms and produce her hand woven fabric.

“I use different techniques on the loom to create my fabrics. I create large simple flat designs for simple affordable products but also padded structural designs with embossed forms and structures which come straight off the loom to create more unique products.”

Chloe currently has a collection of homeware, cushions, bags, purses, buttons and framed stretched pieces to hang. Chloe is inspired by nature and architecture, weaving complex patterns and structures into her fabric. Here at the start of her career she is very aware woven fabric can be used in many forms from Automotive to Fashion so she is open to all possibilities in the future. 


Carolyn Moulton 

Mixed Media Painting
Carolyn’s story is a classic and one we are all familiar with. Art will out one way or another no matter what your parents think!

I was one of those 60s grammar school kids steered away from art in favour of something more “academic” that would lead to “ a proper job”. This cloud had a silver lining because I’ve spent my life permanently in Adult Ed art classes, art workshops and art holidays. Along the way I’ve met brilliant, gifted tutors and artists. In the last few years on-line classes have changed my life.

Last year I enrolled in Nicholas Wilton’s on-line Art2Life Academy and now I’m in the Alumni group. As a consequence, my work and my approach to it has altered with more mixed media paintings and the freedom working in series brings. I enjoy developing abstracted landscapes from minimal plein air sketches. Or starting with a playboard, building up layers to see where it leads.

Yolanda Stokes

Print, Mixed Media & Collage
Yollanda is currently in the middle of an MA course at Norwich University of the Arts. She enjoys experimenting with printing, lino and etching onto less than obvious surfaces.

“I create nature-based art that brings a real sense of homeliness and comfort to my pieces. I am a multi-media artist and my artwork takes inspiration from my home. Looking at the domestic alongside a mixed media approach to working I hope to bring joy and serenity to the viewer just like my environment does for me.”


On the art trail Part 6

Putting Harleston behind us we are now on route for Low Road, Wortwell. Turning right at The Bell follow Low Road for 1/2 a mile. At the bottom of the garden at number 76 you will find…

Artist 15 – Nell Close

Nell is well known for her richly coloured, lively mixed media paintings inspired by her surroundings, trees, flowers, gardens and still life, Nell’s work is intricate, semi abstract and illustrative. Nell achieves a depth of colour and vibrance that keeps you searching for hidden details and textures. It is quite apparent that Nell’s back ground is in Textile design. Nell’s Studio is OPEN ALL WEEK

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From Wortwell it’s only a mile or so to Homersfield. Through the village and into the Waveney Valley a right turn onto on the road to Mendham and straight away up the hill, on the left you will find….

Artist 16 – Ingrid Duffy

Ingrid is a Textile Artist who has accumulated a vast collection of fabric from all over the world. Using photographic images printed onto linen, cotton and silk, Ingrid embellishes with hand and machine stitching, patchwork and appliqué, Ingrid creates framed art pieces and landscape picture books which are so tactile, full of memories and imagination.


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After Ingrid it’s a turnaround and then a Right back on route for St Cross. In St Cross turn Right towards St James. Then take the second turn on the Right to Mendham, You’ve arrived it’s right on the turn! Take note of the instructions because you don’t want to miss….

Artist 17 – Lin Patterson

Lin is a Textile Artist and member of the Suffolk Craft Society. Well known for her complex, multi coloured patchwork wall hangings. Lin is a hive of industry, dyeing her own fabrics, using silk velvet, silk and cotton, which she uses to sew/make a whole range of richly coloured book covers, purses, cushions, scarves, wraps, bags and embroidered earrings and brooches.


The London Road Artists -Part 5

London Road, Harleston is probably the most creative road in Norfolk as it’s home to 4 of our Artists, used to be 5 but David Rock retired, we miss you David!  Any way it might be better to park up and walk to all four, starting with Nick at St. George House 11, London Road… 

Artist 11 – Nick Holmes

Nick paints, prints and collages muliple works from complex textural collaged pattern to large scale dramatic semi abstract painting. He has a very organised printing studio, I wish I could be so tidy! The thinking behind his work becomes quite clear when you realise Nick is in fact a scenic Artist who works on stage and film sets. Where he is reliant on being able to produce muliple techniques to reproduce the scale and grandeur of sets in London’s West End. Ask to see his stage portfolio, you will be amazed.

Leaving Nick’s turn left, walk for two mins and you’ll find yourself outside number 39 London Road, home to…

Artist 12 – Kath Wallace

As well as being a Painter Kath has worked for 20 years as an Art Therapist. It’s easy to see that Kath’s town garden provides a great deal of pleasure and inspiration, crammed as it is with a wealth of colourful, well tended flowers. Kath describes her work as expressive mark making. From her observations of the natural world she creates dynamic paintings and drawings which span from semi real to almost complete abstract.

London Road Artists continued…

Leaving Kath’s studio turn Left and 1 minute later you will be outside 55, London Road 

New Artist Alert!  
Artist 13 – Lisa Henshall

This is Lisa’a first year on the trail so we wish her luck and hope you enjoy seeing her colourful engaging paintings. 
Lisa says 
“Using paint I capture the space we share between us, I am obsessed with colour.” 

Lisa is an an abstract painter, she uses acrylics on canvas, board or linen as well as mixed media pieces. Her work expresses in pigments what she cannot express in words. 
All Lisa’a work starts out as a painting. The larger ones are framed, the miniature pieces are then developed into unique jewellery. Lisa also takes sections of her work and by using her unique printing process, creates one-off designer products here in her studio.

From Lisa’s turn left and in seconds you will be outside 65 London Road, home to…

Artist 14 – Nicky Stainton 

A painter in acrylics at heart but Nicky incorporates a variety of media including collage, pastels, charcoal, wax and ink. Her themes are Journeys and Lifelines. Journeys through the local landscape in her patchwork Norfolk fields and journeys through life exploring the distinctive features of older faces.

Millhouse Pottery – Follow the trail part 4

Artist 10 – Millhouse Pottery, Harleston and the work of Alan Frewin (1935-2016)

Millhouse Pottery and shop will be open during the trail. This is a very special occasion and certainly the end of an era.
Funny how you allow yourself to think your town and places you love will stay the same for ever. The large house on the corner of Station Road with it’s glorious wisteria has always been The Pottery, Millhouse Pottery home to Alan and Anne Frewin. 

Alan Frewin was a member of The Harleston & Waveney Art Trail for many years and he delighted in showing people round the pottery and exhibiting his paintings. Sadly when Alan died in 2016 his Wife Anne and his Son Paul were faced with having to rethink the future of this quaint, fascinating building, whilst finding appropriate homes for the rest of Alan’s work. 

Millhouse has not been quiet however; Paul, a potter himself has been kept incredibly busy. The kiln has been fired up no less than 19 times in the last 2 years in an attempt to finish Alan’s work and use as much of the unused clay as possible. He has also emptied all the cupboards, nooks and crannies rediscovering treasures from his own past as well as his Father’s. Ask to see the snails he made when he was a boy! 

In 1959 Alan wanted to be a Painter but by accident he started to play with clay, discovering that he really quite liked it. Whilst his friends struggled to sell their paintings, his hand thrown mugs sold with ease. Making pottery that has a use, he thought was the way to go. He trained with Briglin Potteries ( ) in London’s West End. Their ethos was to produce well designed pots that could be used in the home and to sell them at affordable prices. Despite Briglin’s wealthy location their theory worked well. Brigitte Goldschmidt and Eileen Lewenstein, the owners, were also active in the formation of The Craft Potters Association. Alan’s style was to continue to be influenced by Briglin. 

During the 60’s Alan started selling pottery in Cornwall and Devon. The need for a large space to work in became an absolute necessity. So, 50 years ago in 1970 Alan and Anne moved to Harleston. As we talked about the history of Millhouse Ann explained, they chose Millhouse purely because of the building behind in the courtyard; it was going to make The Perfect Pottery. Anne said “Really the main house was just an as well as, the pottery was the most important space”.

The kilns one gas one electric were built in situ by Alan they were too massive to be brought in any other way. 

The house turned out to be enormous too and at a time when funds were low Anne ran a B&B. She recalls hilarious events such as entertaining the entire Dutch cycling team, masseur and all! 

Alan and Anne spent most of the 60‘s and 70’s driving back and forth to Devon and Cornwall delivering mountains of work and taking more orders from collectors, galleries and shops. Such was the demand they struggled to keep up. Alan never liked the marketing side of things but when they got back home to Harleston he just loved taking on the massive task of making and firing all the orders. Working on his own, in his perfect space, he was completely happy. When the Kiln was emptied, the contents filled the court yard from one end to the other. The house became a store room too. As a boy Paul remembers his bedroom being totally taken over with very little space for him at all. 

Paul is now recording every item, putting together books of photographs, grouping pots according to their age. In between the pots are Alan’s paintings which, yes, he did come back to later in life, screening off one end of his workshop to keep warm, he painted multiple colourful portraits. 

The shop has been loaded with pots, bowls, tiles and plates of all shapes and sizes. Alan’s reference books are for sale too. The workshop has been laid out with beautiful samples of Alan’s work going back 50 years. Everything is for sale from the tiniest pot to a very large teapot and teacup that are in fact a water feature. I’m very tempted. Anne and Paul have agreed to open the shop throughout the trail giving us all a last chance to own and treasure a piece of Norfolk history. 

The Harleston And Waveney Art Trail wish to thank Anne and Paul for taking part in the trail this year and we wish them luck with their future plans.

The Trail moves on… – part 3

From Pulham St Mary head back towards Starston just before the Church take a left up Church Hill for 1 1/2 miles. Wood Lane is the 1st road on the right and the 1st house on the Left is home to…

Returning Artist 

Artist 8 – Dinny Turner 

Dinny has rejoined this year with a new range of work.  Inspired by flowers she makes tactile images and 2 and 3D collages. 

Dinny trained in textile design, her new work continues to unfurl using previous disciplines in tapestry, weaving as well as rag-rugging, using hand dyed yarns and fabrics. Traditional upholstery techniques to create figures, heads and faces. 

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We recommend going back into Harleston to get to Studio number 9 because the lanes that link these two locations are so tiny and we wouldn’t want you to get stuck! Back to Harleston through the town and left up Station Road out of town again take the right fork to Alburgh then over the X roads up the hill a little and sharp Left into Gaudy Hall Estate. Follow the signs to… 

Artist 9 – Carol Challis

Caryl has been experimenting with Batik for 30 years. Batik is a resist method of dyeing using melted bee’s wax and paraffin wax applied to cotton cloth or paper. The wax and dye alternate until the image is complete. Caryl’s complex detailed images are contemporary, vibrant and colourful. Inspired by the local landscape, seaside towns and beaches. Caryl also makes collages with her fabric and hand made cards.

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The Trail reaches the Pulhams – trail part 2

Hi again! Back on our tour of Art Trail Artists – From Harleston divert North towards Pulham St Mary. At the Pennoyer Centre turn Left into Station Road ( Excellent food at The Pennoyer Centre by the way, if you are feeling remotely peckish ) At the end of the houses fork slightly Right and keep going for 1 mile until signs for the playing field on Left. We need the 2nd house past the playing field and a small lie down to recover, success! Here we are…

Artists 4 and 5 Lark Images – Valerie and Chris Wheeler

Chris is a photographer who loves to explore the tiny details in leaves and flowers recording the incredible patterns and complex shapes that nature creates. Black and white photographs which simplify and modernise pattern and colour which adds to surface texture and decoration.

New Artist Alert! Valerie and Chris are new members having joined us in the Autumn, we wish them well and hope you enjoy seeing their contribution to the trail.

Valerie makes hand bound books using leather, cloth, wood and photographic images sometimes working with Chris’s photographs. The book making process is fascinating so much of the work is hidden from view, Valerie likes to expose the spines and all the stitching so it’s possible to see the structure, colours and patterns created by this timeless art.

Heading back now towards Pulham St Mary. This time on the otherside of the main road is Poppys Lane follow for 1/2 a mile, Isobel’s cottage is on the 2nd T junction with Barns Road.

Artist 6 – Isobel Auker 

Isobel is a textile artist who explores elemental timeless patterns, combining and manipulating natural fibres, mainly wool and silk. Dyeing, stitching, knitting and felting Isobel makes garments, as well as pieces intended for hanging in interiors.

She is inspired by animal patterns and the rhythmic markings of bird’s feathers.
By contrast her recent wall panels are a response to feelings of discomfort at the threat of fracking.

On leaving Isobel continue up Poppys Lane another 1 1/2 miles into Duck’s Foot Road, Duck’s Foot House (thatched) is at the junction with Bush Green.

Artist 7 – Graham Rayner

Graham is a life-long woodworker, with many years of professional experience designing and making bespoke furniture. Graham is an engineer as well as a skilled woodworker and cabinet maker. He has an adoring client base who are full of praise for his bespoke furniture. With amazing skills he takes great pride in providing his clients with a high quality service from the design on paper to the final assembly in their homes. Graham also provides a restoration service and makes his own range of contempory clocks.

Follow the Trail part 1

The Art Trail is 15 years old this year and so many of you art loving enthusiasts have taken part during that time so you already know, given some half way decent weather the trail is a delightful way to spend the weekend.  Meandering round the country lanes and dipping into luscious garden/studios with the odd slice of cake and cup of tea for fortification. 

If you’ve never been on the Art Trail before or even if you have,  over the next two weeks we will endeavor to introduce you to all the Artists taking part and the special things that are happening this year so you have some idea what to expect when you embark on this creative adventure,  starting with Artist number 1 in the village of Brockdish.   

Chris is just on the Suffolk side of the River Waveney at Brockdish please always follow directions in the brochure.  Looking out for posters, arrows and flags.  

Artist 1 – Chris Mound 

Chris uses traditional tools, European and Oriental techniques to make small edition woodcut prints. Hand pulling prints from an adapted etching press. 

Living as he does so close to the river,  Chris takes his inspiration mostly from the surrounding wildlife and printing on a variety of Japanese papers produces a fabulous collection of birds, Pheasants, Owls, Rooks, Crows and animals such as Foxes and Hares set in colourful landscapes.                                                                                   

If you start the trail in the morning drop into The Old Kings Head at Brockdish for a coffee and cake. Or if it’s anywhere near lunch time I can highly recommend their Pizza.  After filling up with calories, head back towards Needham where on the right in the middle of the village is Mill Lane. As the word Lane suggests this road is narrow and parking is limited so might be a good idea to park on the main road and walk down to…

Artist 2 – Gill Levin

The Tithe Barn is on the left and surrounded by a wealth of floral cottage garden.  This is clearly the influence for Gill’s lush garden paintings of plants and grasses but there is another aspect to Gill’s art work. Muliple dramatic paintings of West Pier Brighton and Battersea Power Station demonstrate Gill’s interest in bold industrial landscapes and derelict man made structures. 

From Needham drive towards Harleston but do a left at the roundabout and head up the A143 towards Diss for just a minute because…. Only a minute or two off the A143 you will find Upper Burnt House Lane and Skeetsmere House, home to….

Artist 3 – Rose Martin

Rose Martin, who apart from being chief gardener is also a Silk Painter. Rose explores and experiments with dyes, blending them to achieve bright vibrant colours on scarves and in contemporary pictures depicting fish, water, plants and flowers from her garden and the surrounding countryside.

What is an Art Trail?

The Harleston & Waveney Art Trail winds it’s way through the small market towns of Harleston, Bungay and multiple pretty villages along the way, following the River Waveney from Brockdish to Hedenham.

You can drive, cycle and in a few places walk between 29 studio locations. This is an opportunity to meet Artists at home, look at their work, in their studios, surrounded by the things that inspire them. At each you will find a warm welcome, if you are lucky often cake and refreshments too.

There is absolutely no obligation to buy…. but lets be honest, we love it when you do!

Mostly just keep fingers crossed for some sunshine, round up family and friends and come and enjoy the countryside, gardens and the collective work of 32 amazing artists.

The Trail is coming…….

It’s that time of year again… Artists are dusting out spiders,  sweeping floors and weeding paths ready for………

The 2019 Harleston & Waveney Art Trail.    (May 18th – Bank Holiday Monday May 27th)

Some of our Artists studios will remain open throughout the entire period.All Artists will open at the weekends and Bank Holiday Monday, 11 – 6pm. 

Our Textile group who are ultra keen,  are open a day ahead of the rest Fri 17 May. Using this extra day to offer you a hands on experience of their various crafts, including batik, silk painting, rag-rugging, felting, patchwork, fabric book making and fabric printing.  

Look out for this years brochure which contains all the information you’ll need. It’s bright orange this year so very hard to miss. Now available at multiple businesses, shops, libraries in and around Harleston and Bungay. 
Or down load from our website 

This year as usual our artists have been busy producing a whole range of fascinating creativeness in their studios and you lucky people are invited to see what they have all been up to. 

This is our 15th year and we have Artists who’ve been opening their studios since 2005 plus new Artists, returning Artists and altogether new this year,  Emerging Artists. 

Textile Day


Friday May 17th 2019, 11am -5pm.

Seven textile artists who are taking part in the Harleston and Waveney Art Trail will be opening their studios a day early for visitors with a special textile interest on Friday 17 May

Each of these textile artists have developed their skills over many years, and between them cover a wide range of textile disciplines. 

Their studios are within a short distance of each other, between Pulham and Bungay:

Rose Martin (painting on silk) Needham, studio 3

Isobel Auker (wool and silk felting) Pulham St Mary, studio 6 

Dinny Turner (rag rugs and collage) Starston, studio 8

Caryl Challis (contemporary batik on paper and cloth) Harleston, studio 9

Ingrid Duffy (textile collage and stitch) Homersfield, studio 16

Lin Patterson (piecing, colour and construction) South Elmham, studio 17

Diana McKenna (printing and surface decoration on cloth) Bungay, studio 26 

Visitors will be offered a unique chance to see and experience a variety of processes and techniques with fibre, cloth, colour and stitch, and also to find out about textile workshops available throughout the year. We hope you will manage to make your way round a;ll the demonstrations, you will find plenty of places for coffee and lunch in both Bungay and Harleston and at the Farmers Kitchen on the A143 midway between them. 

For directions to studios, to view the on-line brochure and more information about the artists see website: 

HWAT Open Studios 18 & 19 May and 25, 26 & 27 May 2019