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Springfield Arts

Music and arts workshops in glorious countryside for all lovers of fun

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Wabi sabi - finding beauty in the imperfection with Tara Axford September 2nd


Introducing this one time opportunity art course on the 2nd September from Tara Axford, who is coming from Australia!

Wabi sabi - finding beauty in the imperfection.
Being inspired by our surroundings we will collect, edit, print & create.

"Wabi-sabi is about the minor and the hidden, the tentative and the ephemeral.
Consequently to experience wabi-sabi means you have to slow down, be patient and look very closely."
- Leonard Koren

Let's discover new ways of seeing, to create pieces that resonate with where we are.
We will begin by gathering our inspiration literally, to create a nature table.
We will discuss the process of editing our source material so as to find a starting point.

Using Gelli plates we will create mono prints inspired by our findings, we will then use these prints to create various artworks, including a pocket size artist book.

Tara Axford is a Sydney based mixed media artist who draws inspiration from her surroundings, she seeks out patterns, textures, imperfections. The forgotten, the weathered, the discarded appeal to her.

She enjoys abstracting the essence of a place to create something new. So the viewer can also experience something they may have previously overlooked, with fresh eyes. That could mean photographing found objects, 'foraged' natural elements and litter - arranging it to be seen in a different way.

Having worked as a magazine designer for 20 years  she knows what to select, what to leave out and how to bring it all together.

To see more of her work go to

The course starts on Saturday morning at 10am, with a delicious home cooked meal at 12. An afternoon tea will be provided and the day finishes at 4pm.

Please check our Accommodation page for our recommended places to stay. If you wish to stay on site, we have 2 double bedrooms available for an additional £35 with B&B, an extra £10 will be charged if you would like an evening meal (bring your own booze). We also have a delightful bespoke built Shepherds Hut (see page above) which is available for £65 a night. You are welcome to bring family - it sleeps 3. There is on site parking for all.