It may be a cliche but when different worlds collide and parts of your past pop up when you least expect it, it's a chance to take stock, gain perspective and marvel at everything life brings!
Heatons Arts Trail has been on my radar for a couple of years since getting my studio in Stockport (now in my third year here!) however after sharing a stand at Great Northern CCF last year with one its committee members I resolved to get involved in 2018.
Its a two-day, free to visit, community-led trail where local artists and artisans open their homes and studios to showcase their work to the public.
On recognising Claire McAuley's name I racked my brain to dust off some hazy post-baby (my first!) memories of ante-natal yoga classes and sunny park trips with prams and a snap happy fellow mum that turned out to be Claire. Ten years and four children (two each!) down the line and she has her own photography business and I'm a milliner. Her recently acquired studio on Wellington Road North in Stockport is a fantastic bright, characterful space that compliments her passion for portrait photography.
Claire suggested a collaboration and the end result are these fantastic images. The photo shoot was set up and styled by the three of us with model Charis making life easy with her natural elegance and poise. It was a thrill to see my designs in this way and I felt lucky to be working with the support of old friends and new on a great project.
Heaton Arts Trail is on
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July
from 11-5pm .
My work will be on display at McAuley Photography Studio alongside Claire McAuley's photography and Lauren Taylor's jewellery.
Myself and Lauren Taylor will be giving live demos throughout the weekend so please come along and join us for a weekend of creativity.
You can find a map of Heatons Arts Trail here