Heavenly quilt by Cassandra Ellis

Art and shopping: Dulwich Festival – Artists Open House

Here’s something for the weekend – The Dulwich Festival. This year’s event was brought to our attention by quiltmaker extraordinaire Cassandra Ellis, who is throwing open the doors of her home as part of the Artist’s Open House (the highlight of the festival), to showcase a curated selection of ceramics, antiques, and books that she describes as “practical, precious and personal – everything I think home should be”.  She also recommends, as a knowledgeable insider, visiting Julian Stair’s studio and Sophie Cook for wonderful ceramics, Café 67 or The Crooked Well for an invigorating pit stop, and the Review book store, artisan grocers The General Store, architectural salvagers Casa and vintage clothing shop Threads in Bellenden Road Village for retail therapy. We’d also recommend making time to visit The London Chair Collective (the appeal of their quirky name aside, their delightfully left-field designs are worth checking out), looking out for street art by Baroque the Streets, popping into the studio of printmaker Helen Minns (whose playful illustrated designs are sold across London from the Barbican to Liberty) and swinging by the space of David Mach, whose photo collages and sculptures we love – the giant lion made from coat-hanger is truly something to behold.

Dulwich Festival – Artists Open House
11 & 12 May and 18 & 19 May, 11 am - 6pm
Dulwich and environs
020 8299 3728
— Beatrice
9th May 2013