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York Open Studios 2019!

It’s almost time to choose and submit my work to apply for a place in York Open Studios 2019.

2018 was my first York Open Studios. It was great to be part of the event that celebrates the community of makers and artists in York that I now feel I’m part of. I loved it!

Looking ahead to next year, I’ve also taken time out to have a quick look back to see what some of the visitors to my studio made of it all! Here are the thoughts of just a few of the many folk that called in my studio – in their own words as told to my friend Helen King.

Lynne Glazzard - The first time buyer

Why did you visit Michelle’s studio today?

I saw some photographs of Michelle’s work on Instagram when I was planning my Open Studios route. There was just something about those photos that made me want to come to York to see the prints for myself. I am visiting a few other open studios, but watching Michelle at work is one of the main events of today for me. I’ve started learning to linocut, so Michelle’s demonstration was a bonus lesson.

What made you choose the Robin Hood’s Bay print?

I wasn’t planning to buy anything! But this print was just irresistible and it really called to me.

I spent a lot of time as a child North Yorkshire, and often visited Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay. The print brings back so many happy memories of a really special part of North Yorkshire.

I love the way Michelle cuts the lino – the quality of the fine lines she cuts is just beautiful. I love how she uses separate blocks of colour to build up the print, it’s really effective.

I’ll leave today inspired to keep practising my own linocut printing and very happy with my new art work!

Gina & Julian Cole – the Open Studio neighbours

Why did you visit Michelle’s studio today?

Gina: We’ve been regulars at York Open Studio since it started a few years ago. This year a friend who knows Michelle’s work recommended we visit to see her new garden studio. We’ve met Michelle before and we’re really pleased to support our neighbourhood printer at her first Open Studios.

What made you choose the two prints you’ve bought today?

Gina: We came here looking for a 30th birthday present for our son. We’re not usually very decisive when buying art, but both loved this windmill print. We wanted a special present to remind our son of a special place in York. We live near the windmill – so this is just perfect.

Julian: Actually, we’ve been extra decisive today- this Sea Days print is for us! The design and colour really make it stand out. It’s stunning in its simplicity.

Shall we say more? No – it’s just a great design and we love it, simple as that!

Sally & Graham Marlow – the Open Studio weekenders

Why did you visit Michelle’s studio today?

Graham: We’ve come up to York from Stamford (in Lincolnshire), especially for the Open Studio weekend. We try to see as many studios as we can in the time we are here - and we do take time out from art, just to enjoy being in York.

Sally: We really love the whole Open Studio weekend here. When the brochure came this year we both picked Michelle out as one of the ‘must sees’ for our visit.