Valentines Mansion will be re-opening to the public on Valentine’s Day after its winter closure with a special craft fair celebrating all things lovingly created by hand. “Made with Love” will feature carefully selected craft stalls throughout the Grade II* listed country house offering gift and food items. Venture to the top floor for Artist’s Open Studios, where you can meet the Valentines Mansion Studio Artists, see how their work is made and purchase some of their unique creations.
Situated in Ilford, Essex, Valentines Mansion is a grade II* listed country house surrounded by picturesque gardens and parkland – the perfect place to spend the most romantic day of the year with your loved ones. Browse the many stalls offering unique hand-made crafts, ranging from jewellery and stationery to edible gifts.
Here’s a look at some of the stallholders you’ll find at the Mansion on Valentine’s Day:
Sue Nicholls Designs – wonderfully quirky, colourful and contemporary textile art, home decorations and decorative accessories.
The Little Pickle – a wonderful selection of savoury pickles and chutneys made by Alex Edgecombe, a privae chef based in the Cotswolds.
MillieMoo Knitwear – High quality, intricately patterned, eye-catching, and lovingly hand-finished scarves for all occasions.
Caring Creations – handmade nourishing soaps produced from a blend of skin-loving and therapeutic vegetable oils, essential oils and botanicals.
Ivy Lace London – unique and chic handmade lasercut jewellery.
Cool Caricatures – Let caricature artist Femi Adetunji create a fun portrait of you – the perfect gift for someone special!
Valentines Mansion’s resident artists will be opening their studio doors again for you to explore, get involved and browse an inspiring array of original gift ideas. One of our most popular events, this is a great chance to find out more about what the artists here, at the mansion, are currently working on, as well as peer at what was previously the servants sleeping quarters.
From stunning fused glass, to jewellery and inventive ceramics, to intricate mosaics and striking contemporary paintings – you’ll just love the chance to explore their studios from which they create some of their amazing work.
Meet our artists:
Jason Rose specialises in contemporary acrylic paintings, with his inspiration lying in his life experiences, combining imagery from loved ones, meaningful places and dream imagery. The themes of spirituality, environmentalism and quantum mechanics along with his bold style make his work take on a striking identity.
Lisa Atkin is an experienced stained glass, potter and 3D designer.
Anne Eggebert makes site-specific works using video, teletechnologies, photography, drawing and installation to explore the cultural articulation of landscape and how we describe it in the 21st century.
Louise Moore is a talented ceramic artist, mainly working with historic sites. Her photographs are cleverly transferred on to a clay surface using a special photographic screen printing process.
Sarah Partridge specialises in ceramics, sculpture and mosaics and takes inspiration from forms found in nature, featuring spirals and orbs with smooth and textured surfaces.
Amanda Seljubac specialises in stained glass, pottery, stone carving and one several of her commissions in stained glass is on permanent display in The Chapel of Canon Palmer catholic School in Seven Kings. You will also find some of her work in our walled gardens.
Sadia Ur-Rehman is a multi-media artist. London born of Pakistani parentage, Sadia Ur-Rehman’s multi-media practice is an on-going investigation into the notions of home, belonging and cultural identity in an increasingly ‘globalised’ world.
Julian Walker Specialising in installation and performance, Julian has worked with several major museums, has exhibited internationally, has published a number of texts on cultural history, and works as an educator with the British Library, the British Museum, and other institutions.
Carley Lencher: An Essex based artist with a passion for the old masters such as Monet, Degas and Paul Cézanne which has helped inspire some of her paintings to date. Carley is currently working on a personal portfolio as well as taking on regular commissions. She specialises in Portraiture, Seascapes and traditional Landscapes and her work has now started to sell internationally.
Take a stroll through the gorgeous gardens, which are frequently used as a location for the Great British Bake Off, and sample the tempting food stalls offering a variety of cuisines. The Gardener’s Cottage Café will also be open throughout the day for lunch and snacks.
Made with Love & Artists Open Studios
Sunday 14 February
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Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XA
Pay & Display car park on site
Nearest tube: Gants Hill on the Central Line only a 5 minute walk away
Nearest train: Ilford National Rail