Spalding allotment closed down for winter

Winter garden.
Winter garden.

Freelance mixed media artist and allotment holder Carol Parker writes her final column of the year.

What a beautiful autumn we’ve had, but now the temperature has been turned down a notch, I’ve left the allotment to hibernate over the winter while I read seed catalogues in front of the wood burner.

It needs a rest from me as much as I need a rest from it! I’ve collected the last two pumpkins, picked the remainder of the ruby chard and will leave the too-old-to-eat runner beans to set seed for next year’s crop.

I will still pop down and finish the shed interior makeover: shabby chic with some modern and vintage touches and minimal contemporary design accessories. I think I’ve been watching too many interior design programmes on TV... I’ll let you know when it’s finished; shoes off at the door please.

Things have been a bit mad workwise of late.

I collaborate with another artist as ‘Art on the High Street’.

We took part in ‘Gallery Alley’, where we displayed art work in forgotten and neglected places around Spalding.

Following on from that we’ve been commissioned by Nottingham County Council to deliver an arts project in an empty retail unit in the Buttermarket in Newark.

We’ll be creating work for an outside ‘Hidden Gallery’ so if you’re over that way pop in and see us in unit 23 – we’re very excited!

Oh and I’ve made contact with a community allotment in Christchurch, New Zealand, who are keen to work with me on a project.

Incidentally, I have also opened an online shop selling some of my felt jewellery. Regular readers will know from last month’s column, that some of these designs were inspired by the shapes, patterns and colours of things growing on my allotment and in my garden at home, visible from the window of my studio. Ideas come from anything from seed heads to the reflective armour plated bodies of insects, and I like to fuse different materials, using the hard, cold of metal with the soft, warmth of felt.

Just search ‘Artrovings’ or you can buy direct by coming to see me at Unique Cottage Studios’ Christmas craft market on Saturday, November 29. The studios are in Fulney Lane South, on the outskirts of Spalding.

• Carol’s Plot will be back in the spring.