After being noticed in this years Herts Open Studios brochure Christine Watson was contacted to be featured in the December issue of Hertfordshire Life.  Look out for Hazel Godfrey's latest commission in Hoddesdon.  And, read our latest Postcard from Shetland.
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Congratulations to Christine Watson on the feature about her work that appeared in the December 2014 issue of Hertfordshire Life Magazine showing her versatilite portfolio from imaginative illustrations to sensitive paintings.

“I was happy to receive a call from Janice Walker, on behalf of the Hertfordshire Life magazine.  This came directly from Janice reading the Herts Open Studios brochure, where my trademark Jolly Holly was mentioned.  The article was written and images had been sent, when I received a further call from the Editor Richard Young requesting more pictures, in particular the elephants mentioned in the article."

"I am delighted that such a well regarded publication has featured my work. I will keep Linda informed of any positive responses. My wish is to see the Jolly Holly characters associated with my European Trademark appearing in animation and hope this will now become a reality.  ”  CHRISTINE WATSON

Read the full article which features both her Jolly Holly (R) characters and paintings of elephants, inspired by a trip to Sri Lanka.


Look out for the latest commission, a willow arch, created by Hazel Godfrey which is awaiting installation at Wetherspoons in Hoddesdon. 

Her brief was that the arch should relate to the history of the building that once belonged to the Salisbury family of Hatfield House.   During renovation, historically important medieval wall paintings and roof beam structures were discovered dating parts of the building back to the 1400s.

The shape of the arch relates to aspects of the conserved wall paintings, and motifs on front and back of the arch depict opposing ‘lions rampant’ – heraldic beasts taken from the Salisbury coat of arms.  A centrally placed star on each side reflects the renaming of the pub from The Salisbury Arms back to The Star as it was formerly known. 


HVA Member Connie Flynn records her experiences whilst studying for a degree in Contemporary Textiles in Shetland via a monthly 'Postcard'.


Photograph by Connie Flynn
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