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Arts & Crafts on the Midlands Meander

2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the Midlands Meander Association. Its purpose hasn’t changed much over the years. The Midlands Meander offers a country respite from the fast pace of city life, as well as showcasing some of the best arts and crafts in the world.

 

Things began on a summer's evening at Caversham Mill in 1985, when the Shuttleworths, who were weavers; Robin and Joy Standing, potters; Ian Glenny and Kali Griffin, potters; Wim, a painter and Tina de Roubaix, a batik artist; Leonie Malherbe and Lindsay Scott, potters and David and Michelle Walters, also potters, met to discuss how to work together and to market their work jointly. They decided to invite the public to visit artists in their countryside studios twice a year at Rolling Exhibitions. The idea of the Meander grew and member numbers grew. Thirty years on, the Meander is known worldwide for its superb handcrafted goods and fine arts. It excels in “slow tourism”, where the emphasis is on the experience of the Meander community in the beautiful countryside - and the welcoming Midlands folk.

 

People come to the Meander to escape: to immerse themselves in the country experience – seeking the authentic, the genuine. They value the opportunity to go to the studios or workshops of some of the finest craftspeople in the world, to meet with them, to talk to the artist or the leatherworker who has made a unique and original item that is priceless and can never be duplicated.

 

Please Note: Midlands artists are frequently in their studios, and so it is necessary to phone ahead to book an appointment if you wish to meet with them – their entries are marked accordingly.

 


Day 1 – Routes 1 & 2

•    Johnson Bros Furniture

 

033 343 5131 - S29° 32' 26.0". . . E30° 16' 41.0"

•    Dirt Road Traders

 

033 330 4099 - S29° 23' 22.6". . . E30° 10' 35.3"

•    Groundcover

 

082 562 0874 - S29° 23' 18.6". . . E30° 10' 32.3"

•    Heavenly Hammocks 

 

083 378 7100 - S29° 21' 24.7". . . E30° 07' 43.7"


Day 2 - Routes 3 & 4

•    Dragonfire Beads

 

082 573 3919 - S29° 28' 34.8". . . E 30°10' 29.6"

•    Shuttleworth Weaving phone

 

033 266 6818 - S29° 24' 10.1". . . E29° 55' 52.2"

•    Aladdin's-de-Light

  033 266 6460 - S29° 21' 34.2". . .E29° 59' 37.1"

•    Astrid Dahl  phone

 

084 799 8998 - S29° 20' 59.5". . . E30° 59' 14.8"

•    Dargle Valley Pottery

 

082 420 7729 - S29° 27' 49.1". . . E30° 09' 12.2"

•    Impumelelo Bead Artists

 

082 227 2376 - S29° 29' 07.8". . . E30° 10' 10.5"

•    The Lavender Co 

 

082 825 9243 - S29° 29' 24.3". . . E30° 01' 08.5"

•     Zulu-lulu Art House

 

083 627 3491 - S29° 27' 29.2". . . E30° 08' 09.2"

•    Sterling's Wrought Iron

 

082 218 1614 - S29° 27' 29.2". . . E30° 08' 09.2"

•    The Candle Dipping Shop 

 

084 381 8010 - S29° 27' 30.0". . . E30° 08' 08.0"


Day 3 - Routes 3 & 4

•    Homewood  

 

033 234 4450 - S29° 26' 25.7". . . E30° 06' 41.0"

•    Redline Footwear

 

033 234 4796 - S29° 23' 06.3". . . E30° 02' 14.6"

•    Tsonga shoes/Tslops

 

033 234 4872 - S29° 27' 06.4". . . E30° 06' 35.3"

•    Culamoya Chimes

 

083 627 6195 - S29° 27' 07.2". . . E30° 04' 44.4"

•    Peter's Gate Herbal Centre

 

076 412 1320 - S29° 25' 26.5". . . E30° 05' 26.8"

•    Hillfold Pottery  phone

 

082 682 6294 - S29° 26' 37.0". . . E30° 04' 11.1"


Day 4 - Routes 4 & 5

•    Michael Mawdsley phone

 

083 294 0107 - S29° 23' 14.4"...E30° 05' 15.7"

•    Sarah Richards (at Fordoun)phone

 

083 707 0126 - S29° 19' 38.2"...E30° 01' 50.6"

•    The Candle Dipping Shop

 

033 266 6980 - S29° 21' 27.2"...E29° 59' 50.6"

 

phone  Phone before visiting to arrange an appointment with the artist.