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What a Liberty! Great first night at the Hot Tin

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What a fantastic opening night of my What a Liberty! exhibition at the beautiful Hot Tin https://www.the-hot-tin.co.uk/ in Faversham, Kent! Thank you to everyone who came. Thanks to our hosts, Mike and Romana. And thanks Roger Crosby, Karen Glykys (Instagram @karenglykys) and Emma Hill www.emmahill.co.uk for the images in this blog.

The exhibition featured some of my art,

plus some pieces from the other three #LibertyOpen Call winners – Emma Hill, Natasha Coverdale and Catherine Rowe.

 

It was great that Natasha and Emma could be there too with their families.

Fuelled by The Hot Tin’s cocktail ‘The Drunken Duncan’ (gin, lime , lovage and absinthe) concocted specially for the occasion we talked and danced through the evening to Northern Soul, from DJ Ged ‘Stax Volt’ Kelly.

 

 

I got a 5m length of Tana Lawn in green as part of my prize, so I draped that above the bar.

I also bought a metre each of the other 5 fabrics that are now on sale at https://www.libertylondon.com/uk/edits/open-call/ (‘How much!’ As my Dad would say). These were stylishly modelled by the lovely Melanie, Starry and Misty, throughout the evening.

If you weren’t able to pop last night, the exhibition runs until 4th June. Full details here https://duncangrantartist.com/event/exhibition-of-small-towns-to-coincide-with-liberty-london-open-call-launch/ or via ‘Events’on this website.

And if you cant get to Faversham, there’s no excuse, you can catch What a Liberty! (Mark 2) A Midsummer Night’s Scream at the Iron Pier Brewery, Gravesend https://www.ironpier.beer/ from 22nd June, featuring music from the Brilliant I Doris https://www.facebook.com/IDoris/and Hippy Tart Heroes https://www.facebook.com/HippyTartHeroes/  a food wagon  and of course beer! More details here https://www.duncangrantartist.com/event/midsummer-nights-scream/

If you can’t get to either exhibition, all my art is in the Gallery on this website https://www.duncangrantartist/shop/

Cheers!

 

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Last call Christmas cards: One week to go!

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Just one more week to get your Christmas card designs to me.

Lots more have come in but we still need MORE. The more cards we have, the more money we make, the merrier the Christmas.  Deadline is 19th May 2019

Anyone can join in – wherever you are in the world, whatever your your age, artistic skills, experience or ambitions. All you have to do is design a Christmas card and donate it to the project.

You can see the original post here, which explains about the Christmas charities the project is to support (Christmas lunch at  Cafe No. 84 https://www.no84.co.uk/and Crisis At Christmas) https://duncangrantartist.com/2019/04/07/only-261-more-days-until-christmas-time-to-think-about-lunch

Nearer to Christmas, we’ll have an exhibition of all the cards at No. 84 and a launch event. If loads of people get involved we could also have other exhibitions or events at local venues.

If you want to join in, here is what you have to do:

  • Design a Christmas card that you are willing to donate to the project free of charge
  • Get your design to me by the 19th May 2019
    You can send a digital image of your artwork (minimum 300 dpi) to duncangrant158@gmail.com – please put your name and contact details in the email
    OR
  • You can send me the original to be photographed professionally. Please remember to write your name and contact details on the back.
  • If you live further afield and need to send an original, drop me an email and I’ll send you my postal address.

RULES
Only one – designs must be rectangular. They can be in any size and any medium because they are all going to be photographed.

Please do get involved, it will be fun and all in a good cause.

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Launch day: My Liberty fabrics are now for sale!

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Well, what a day. Today I finally got to see the fabrics created from my winning #LibertyOpenCall design for sale on the shelves of Liberty! It was the first time seeing them for real. We only saw the strike offs when we visited the factory in Milan. The fabrics looks fantastic, brilliant quality and great colours. I have three colourway of one design ‘Duncan Grant’ on Tana Lawn and three of a second design ‘Small Town’ on silk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To mark the launch, the store was decorated with panels of our fabrics and information about each of the four winners all the way up the stairs and around the Haberdashery Department.

We were treated to breakfast with the design and sales team and then signed copies of our original designs, which will go into the famous Liberty archive.

We each received 5metres of one of our fabrics – I chose the one closest to my original design in terms of colour, and then I couldn’t resist buying a metre of each of the others.

All six will make an appearance at my What a Liberty! exhibition at the Hot Tin from 18th May, if you want to see them and can’t make it to the store. https://duncangrantartist.com/event/exhibition-of-small-towns-to-coincide-with-liberty-london-open-call-launch/

As one part of the journey ends, another begins. We’ll be kept informed of how our fabrics are used. So if, say, a fashion house uses one of our designs of fabrics for a garment in their 2020 season collections, Liberty will tell us and will keep our names with the designs as far as they can.

Will let you know about any developments on here. Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me, voted for me and supported me so far.  One of you is getting a pair of designer boxers. You know who you are!

Here are the links to my fabrics on the Liberty website:

DUNCAN GRANT https://www.libertylondon.com/uk/search?q=duncan+grant

SMALL TOWN https://www.libertylondon.com/uk/search?q=small+town

Originals of my Small Town Ink Drawings and digital prints are available in my Gallery:

ORIGINALS https://duncangrantartist.com/product-category/original-artwork/drawing-ink/

PRINTS https://duncangrantartist.com/product-category/prints/ink-drawing/