This was a beautiful space to exhibit in October 2008: not only the Great Oak Hall but also the arboretum itself.
I was invited to exhibit by Sue Darlison. Sue is a very skilled furniture designer and maker and the quality of other maker’s work in the shows that she curates is always very high.
The Great Oak Hall at Westonbirt Arboretum is a beautiful structure and the standard of the other exhibitors here was very high indeed. It also gave another opportunity to look around the Arboretum, which is always worthwhile and especially when the blossoms are out.
The ‘Inspired’ exhibitions are curated by the very talented furniture maker Sue Darlison.
The quality of the work by other exhibitors has always been very good indeed, with a particular personal high point being the chance to show in 2013 alongside the renowned furniture maker John Makepeace. He founded Parnham College, which has had a huge effect on contemporary British furniture design.
I also had the chance to show there alongside David Colwell, whose environmentally-aware approach to design has also had a huge effect on design in this country, both through his own work and with Trannon furniture.