Inspired Art and Living with Fiona Stolze

Totterdown Arts Trail – Front Room

I just wanted to leave a quick note for all those of you who live in the Bristol area (UK). The Totterdown Arts trail, aka Front Room, starts tomorrow evening in all its glory and here are the details for the venue I am taking part in:

Friday, 19th November: evening reception and preview  with free wine and nibbles from 6 – 9pm

Saturday, 20th November: open from 12 – 6pm with cafe

Sunday, 21st November: open from 12 – 6pm with cafe

I’ll be exhibiting at 88 Oxford Street at the home of Eva Thyghoj, a talented fashion designer. There will be 4 of us at the one venue, offering  jewellery, felting,  designer clothing and silks.  Please come along and meet us if you are around. This is the ideal opportunity to pick up some fabulous Christmas gifts.

For full details of all the venues and artists’ profiles, check out the official Totterdown Arts Trail website.

See you there.

November 18, 2010 Posted by | EXHIBITIONS | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Made in Bristol” in Colston Hall

If you’re still undecided as to what you can do this weekend, why not come on over to Colston Hall if you live in the Bristol area? “Made in Bristol”, the 2-day arts, crafts and food event is being run on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.  I’ll be there with my silks on the Saturday only, so remember to come and say hello. The organisers had great success with the last two events which were held at Christmas and Easter so they are hoping for a fabulous weekend again with great weather and lots of keen visitors.

Have a look at the page on the official Colston Hall site for more info.

Hope to see you then. 🙂

July 2, 2010 Posted by | EXHIBITIONS | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Silk Painting at Art in Action, Slane 2008

This year I had the pleasure of attending Art in Action in Slane, which was hosted by the Irish School of Philosophy from May 31st – June 2nd 2008. . The event took place in the beautiful grounds which the school owns near Drogheda, first turn off after the Boyne Suspension Bridge travelling north on the M1.

This is an event you can take the kids to, as there is a wide variety of workshops on offer which they can take part in to let their creative streak run wild. Parents can enjoy the refreshments on offer, wander through the art and craft marquees for unusual gifts, or just relax in the sun and listen to the live music.

There was quite a busy schedule of talks being offered in the main building covering a wide range of subjects from Tai Chi to Martin Luther King, while outside the visitors were able to go from marquee to marquee and enjoy watching artists plying their craft and in many cases, they were able to try their own hand at these different forms of art.

We had a stand in one of the demonstration marquees and were able to show visitors how silk painting is actually done, as well as sell a variety of products we had on offer. It was amazing how many people were under the impression that silk painting was really ‘silk screen’ painting or printing. We spent quite a bit of time dispelling that myth, explaining that silk painting was indeed a form of painting and that silk screen printing was a printing process which was originally done with silk frames, hence the name. No further relationship between the two.

The weekend was very hot and lots of families were arriving with picnic baskets and blankets to have their lunch on the lawn and bask in the sun. It was definitely a very enjoyable event, offering a wide range of art to cater for many tastes. One of the purposes of this event is to reconnect people with hobbies they may have given up in the past or perhaps never really got round to trying out. Our experience was definitely very positive as we were able to introduce a large number of people to silk painting and inspire them to invest in a starter kit to create their own works of art at home. There was a lot of interest in the silk painting workshops we run here and so we are very grateful for all those contacts we made.

For further details and for those of you who might like to participate yourself, look up

August 16, 2008 Posted by | EXHIBITIONS | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Art Ireland at the RDS, Dublin

Fiona at Art Ireland March 2008

Fiona at Art Ireland March 2008

Art Ireland runs twice a year in Dublin at the RDS and is organised by Eriva, headed by Maria McMenamin the founder. I took part for the first time in March of this year. Almost 100 artists and galleries participated in the 3-day exhibition. The event opened on Thursday with a charity evening in aid of Irish Autism Action. My husband Michael and my eldest son Pete came and helped out on the stand over the 3 days. Those of you who have participated in these fairs will appreciate the amount of work and energy that goes into setting up and being present and mindful over the long weekend.

Apart from directly selling artwork, it is a great opportunity to meet all sorts of contacts from the artworld, as well as connecting with all the lovely people out there who resonate with your particular style of art. In quieter moments I was also able to walk around the exhibition from stall to stall to get a good feel for what was going on. It was lovely to stop and chat with other artists and hear how things were going for them.

I have signed up for the next Art Ireland which is scheduled for the end of the year from November 14th – 16th in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Even more artists and galleries from all over the world will be present than in the Spring with the upstairs gallery being opened to accomodate this. If any of you are interested in participating in this event, you can get information on how to do this at

I would love to meet any of you personally if you are planning to attend the November event. Please contact me if you would like me to send you a complimentary ticket for this exhibition.

info (at) silkandart (dot) com.

August 13, 2008 Posted by | EXHIBITIONS | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments