Saturday, 19 April 2014

109. Lifestyle // Farfield Mill, Sedbergh

I spent three wonderful days in Sedbergh, Cumbria, last weekend with my mum and sisters. My mum moved to Sedbergh, which borders the Lake District and the Western Yorkshire Dales, last year as her parents both live there and now - every time I get the chance! - I head over to see her. 

After travelling across on the Saturday afternoon, picking up my sister Fi who is home from university for the Easter break, we settled in for a tasty, home-cooked meal before a cheeky trip to the nearby Dalesman pub for a couple of drinks with family.

On the Sunday, we headed to The Bull Hotel for a meal with my grandma, aunt and uncle, before a trip to Lancaster to visit my granddad who has been very unwell recently. The evening was spent relaxing, watching television and drinking wine. 

Monday was our last day together so Mum decided that we should visit Farfield Mill, an arts and heritage centre, just a short drive from Sedbergh, England's 'Book town' (due to the numerous amount of bookshops there!) We had such a lovely time looking around all the exhibitions, so I thought I'd share some of my favourite photographs that I snapped during the day, along with some information about the artists. 

Farfield Mill is situated in a Victorian woollen mill and prides itself on being 'the leading venue for textile arts in the North West,' housing beautiful exhibitions, craft demonstrations and even a lovely cafe serving cakes, scones and hot drinks (as well as Sunday roasts where you can bring your own bottle of wine! This is definitely on my to-do list for next time I visit). 

The mill is split into four levels. The top floor features demonstrations and some beautiful pieces of art; the mill is open plan with exposed beams and lots of light. 

A sneak peek into one of the resident artists pottery workshops. Many of the artists have their own working studios within the mill. 

I loved this beautiful ceramic collection, created by Joan Hardie of Bitter Beck Pottery

These gorgeous paper cut lamps by Hannah Nunn really intrigued me. The intricate design was incredible and they were so atmospheric. 

The main exhibition running at Farfield Mill until April 21st is 'Felt through Contact' by Viltkontaktgroep, a group of Dutch feltmakers. There were some truly breath-taking pieces in the exhibition, which you can see below. 

I loved this colourful piece! It reminded me of The Woolly Pedlar's vibrant, upcycled garments.

This quirky statement piece, made from an old car tyre, really wowed my sisters and I. Such an inventive way to recycle old, 'useless' products. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Farfield Mill. There is something for everyone; whether you're interested in the art, the beautiful setting, the history of the mill or just fancy a tasty cake (we had the caramel shortbread - delicious!), I'd definitely recommend giving it a visit if you're ever lucky enough to be in the area.

Have you visited Farfield Mill?
Which of the above pieces is your favourite?

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