I was lucky enough to be selected to attend The Do Lectures - an incredible experience - in Cardigan, Wales last weekend. And Cardigan just happens to be relatively up the road from my sister, Sarah, who lives with her husband, Richard King*, & son, Eli, in the little village of Erwood, on the River Wye in Powys. Opportunity to visit!
It is a stunning part of the world, lush & green, gentle rolling hills speckled with sheep & grey stone cottages. Life has a very different pace to Los Angeles – which is perfect for Sarah a fine artist.
Sarah & Rick share an amazing studio space in a coach house next to their wooded cottage. Up a grass pathway, you climb mossy steps & enter through a heavy wooden door with a wooden latch (the soft sound of this clicking shut adds to the magic). The room is filled with books & treasures, research & inspiration. At one end Rick’s wall planner maps out his latest book, at the other, behind an improvised cardboard screen is Sarah’s creative world…
Stretched canvas’s & wooden boards are stacked against the walls, fans & cones of white string spans against black painted corners, all works in progress. On the desk mixing plates & brushes, tubes of paint, pencils & rulers are strewn under the angle poise lamp where Sarah works on her painstakingly intricate, subtly colored pieces.
And hanging on the back of her chair, her much loved Cognac Elzevir bag. Sarah's Elzevir goes everywhere with her; shopping in Brecon, for tea & cake with Eli in Hay-on-Wye & on her occasional trips to Bartha Contemporary, the London gallery that represents her.
Photo by Eli King - 6 1/2 years
Soon after Sarah got her bag I received this text:
See more of Sarah’s work: Bartha Contemporary, London
And shop now to find your Elzevir!
* Richard is author of "How Soon Is Now", Sunday Times Music Book of the Year & "Original Rockers"