Rook Lane and Back Again

Whilst our building work has taken precedence over my jewellery business¬†this year, I’ve been trying to keep my hand in artistically by rekindling my sketching skills. One of the things I’ve done is to join Frome Sketchers, which has been great fun. Now we have our first exhibition.


This is one of my sketches of Frome:

Christine Kaltoft, 'Bobble hat', Frome, Frome Urban Sketchers

It’s a friendly and supportive group,¬†and going on a sketch crawl is a great way to take the edge off the terror of drawing in public if you’re not used to it. Plus there’s brilliant homemade cake!

There’s more information both on the Rook Lane website, the Frome Sketchers facebook page, and David Chandler’s website.




The busy season begins

Having got back from a holiday in Australia, I find myself already in the run up to Christmas! Already this week I’ve posted a collection off to Walford Mill Crafts in Dorset for their winter show, and have several more packages nearly ready to go.


I’m also giving a talk about my work in SEED, my most local gallery, next week. I’ve not really prepared yet, but have lots of thoughts buzzing round in my mind about what I want to show and say!

If you’re in the area and able to come along, it’s next Wednesday evening, 24th October, at 6pm in Frome, Somerset. It’s free, but you do need to book here.

SEED @ Black Swan Arts

Just wanted to show you a few quick snaps of my latest outlet: SEED which is now in the Black Swan Arts building in Frome.


Having recently moved to Somerset I’ve been checking out potential nearby outlets for my jewellery, and had shortlisted both SEED (which used to be in Catherine Hill) and Black Swan Arts. Imagine my distress when I heard that the Black Swan craft shop was closing due to Somerset County Council’s arts funding cuts, and SEED was moving! Luckily it was only short lived as it emerged that SEED was moving into Black Swan’s shop: a really great solution, to have a home grown business taking over this key Frome facility. 


I was delighted when Sinead approached me about supplying some jewellery for the new enlarged SEED. The shop only opened the day before these photos were taken, and it had all been set up in record time. Not surprisingly there’s a freshness to the display, alongside the feel of this being an aladdin’s cave, ripe with opportunities to discover and be delighted.


Regulars will recognise the familiar SEED style: every corner looks fantastic, full of gorgeous products, treats for the self and the home. 


The shop is a haven for gift hunters, with everything from cards and candles through to table wear and probably even tables, because most of the display furniture is actually for sale!


Sinead really does have a knack for both selecting and displaying things, so SEED is well worth a visit. The Black Swan Arts gallery is still open on the first floor with a good programme of exhibitions, and the craft studios and Divas cafe are still open too, so there’s plenty to see and do within the same building.

2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BB.