This is the first of a mini series looking at what
, described as ‘the jewel of the South West’ (visitsomerset.co.uk), has to offer both visitors and locals alike. What is evident is that the local craft scene is thriving and that Somerset is the perfect place to be! Somerset
What do people know about Exmoor National Park (visitsomerset.co.uk)
? Most will have heard of the Glastonbury Festival (which takes place at Worthy Farm, near Somerset Pilton Village just up the road from ). Or they may know it as a place on the map which they pass through on their way to Devon and Glastonbury . Cornwall is a destination of epic scenery, dramatic coastline, stunning English countryside seaside resorts and historic places set deep in the heart of the South West of England. (visitsomerset.co.uk). Somerset
Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (visitsomerset.co.uk)
Mosaic Tree is based in
. Following some research on Folksy (www.folksy.com), the Somerset based crafters website, it appears that there is as a thriving community of Somerset-based crafters. All offer something very different and, over the next few weeks, you can get to meet some of them through the Mosaic Tree blog. UK
First up is an interview with Adam from Artyadz.
Please introduce yourself and tell us what brought you to Somerset?
Hello, my name is Adam Regester. I have been an artist and a crafts person all my life. I studied in
and have a Masters in Design and Design Management from Central St. Martins College. I recently spent 8 years living and working in London but have now returned to be near my family who live in Wells and Somerton. Spain
"Love in a Box" - Funky abstract mixed media, original heart painting. Tell us about your chosen craft.
My work has many contrasts because I enjoy a variety of crafts. I taught interior design, display, prop making and textiles in
As well as selling through your Folksy shop, can your work be found in any other outlets in
Where does your inspiration come from?
"Mosaic Reflections" - An original abstract painting created using texture medium, paint, metal foils and varnish to create a mosaic effect.
My inspiration comes from great artists such as Gustav Klimt and Picasso and also from Mother Nature. I love painting landscapes and flowers and am greatly influenced by the beautiful landscapes of Folksy - http://www.folksy.com/shops/artyadz
. I live near Somerset and recently created a mixed media landscape which included the Tor. I am going to paint a series of wild flowers and hedgerows this spring. Glastonbury
And finally, what's your favourite place in
and why? I love the small traditional villages around Somerset such as Somerton. They are small, friendly and welcoming and Somerton has some lovely examples of local crafts in its galleries. Somerset
Adam’s work can be found at the following locations on line:
Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/shop/artyadz?ref=hdr
Prints - http://www.redbubble.com/people/adamregester
Blog - http://artyadz.blogspot.com/
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/ARTIST-Adam-Regester-MA-CSM-PGCert-Ed/90443956273
"Fine Art Paper Bowl in Lilac and Silver"