Authors for Refugees are auctioning many, many things to raise money for those with nothing in our fractured world. I was asked to contribute something, a signed book, a sketch. I have chosen instead to open up my home. It seems only right when the idea is to raise money for those driven from their homes.
I am often asked by people if I do studio visits, and I always say no. My workplace is not the place to see work to buy and I am not a tourist attraction. My home is my home. A place to be private. But in the past, for Authors for the Philippines I did something similar. I auctioned an hand drawn invitation to visit my studio at a mutually agreeable time. And as the bidding went up I added more things.
So, here we are again, with a huge movement of people in the world displaced by war, displaced by an inability to make a living, lost and wandering.
Please do look at the Authors for Refugees auction site. There are so many items there. If you are an author and would like to add something then there’s a contact on the site.
Please share the site, bid if you can, and if you can only send a small bit there’s a button on the site to donate. Please share this post.
This is what Liz said of her visit: “I was lucky enough to have the winning bid when Jackie very generously auctioned a similar visit for the Philippines flood victims. It was a wonderful day, one I shall never forget! Spending time with Jackie, seeing her studio and watching her painting was magical! And her animals were wonderful too!! Highly recommend!! Good luck – keep bidding!!”
Liz’s visit was her 60th birthday present from her son.
Here’s a glimpse of what you might see, and of course you might meet The White Cat and Elmo and you will meet the Toffee Waffle Golden Child of Doom, π, and her sidekick snark hound.
It’s an ideal and utterly unique present for someone who likes my work, someone studying illustration, someone in journalism who wants to see how The Lost Words with Robert MacFarlane is progressing, for a teacher who wishes to take back the visit to the classroom as I will allow cameras, even film if you wish and the visit will be tailored to the needs of whoever wins.
So, Little π is waiting to welcome you, and Ivy is her usual inscrutable self.
I can show you through sketchbooks and into the plan chest where old work lives.
If you are coming from a long way away I can recommend b&b’s or hotels, and Pembrokeshire is always beautiful.
My studio is upstairs. This visit is not suitable for children, as it is my workspace.
And my publishers have very generously agreed to send me copies of all of my books in print. I will wander my studio to find ‘spare’ copies of a few that are out of print to add. You can bid on this and either keep or donate to a library or school of your choice ( UK only I am afraid, unless you are happy to cover the postage too)
Many thanks to Quarto, Otter-Barry Books, Barrington Stoke and Graffeg.