Crafts and Colouring at Lady Waterford Hall

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With “colouring in” being more popular than ever among both adults and children, local illustrator and print maker Imogen Aitchison has worked with Lady Joicey over the winter months to design a new book inspired by the stunning 19th century murals painted by Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, on display in the Lady Waterford Hall, Ford.

The book, titled “Colour and Sketch” includes photographs of some of the murals alongside outlines of them to colour in, as well as space to draw and sketch. Lady Joicey said “with art being the theme of Lady Waterford Hall we felt it would be a lovely addition to the shop to have a colouring book specific to the museum. We are very excited about it and hope that our visitors will be too.”

After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 2016 Imogen set up her own company, Imogen Louise Design, and now works from a studio on Ford & Etal Estates where she hand draws her designs before turning them into lino or screen prints. Having grown up in rural Northumberland and with a passion for rare breed animals her work is full of British wildlife and farm animals. Imogen says “working on the colouring book was great fun and gave me an opportunity to study some of the animals Louisa Waterford used in her paintings, recreating them in her style for others to colour or copy.”

A selection of Imogen’s work will be available to view and buy from the Artists’ Display Cabinet in Lady Waterford Hall from 25th March, when the Hall opens for the season, until 13th May. The cabinet was introduced two years ago to give local artists and crafters an opportunity to showcase their work. For the 2017 season work by Judith Bellamy, Jane Jackson of Bright Seed Textiles and Hannah Longmuir will be on display.

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