I was recently contacted by a customer who was enquiring about a print enlargement. Unfortunately I couldn’t fulfil his request, but what caught him about the print was the kite in the sky. His family had recently been through some awfully tragic circumstances and his granddaughter loved kites and wanted to have a new print to offer some future hope to her and the family.
Their home town of Eastbourne is also where I studied Art Foundation and local to where I grew up in East Sussex. I so badly wanted to provide this family with a print they’d love, I set about designing an Eastbourne print, with a kite, just for them. I couldn’t help but feel that this gesture was rather insignificant in the grand scheme of their pain; but I just felt like I wanted to do something to help them.
Their reaction has truly humbled me and it is a lovely reminder of the power a kind gesture can have on a stranger. I think we should all help a stranger more often.
We started off having a delicious breakfast at the Pavilion and checking up on the exhibition and restocking. Then headed down to the Kiosk to set up the stall for the afternoon.
What a buzzing fab atmosphere! The kite festival looked great, there were boat races going on and the kiosk was 3 years old!
Yet again I was totally overwhelmed with the amount of people who had come down just to say hi and buy a print. Sold out of my Embankment print (don’t worry! I’ve printed more!) and there’s only 2 left of the limited edition version!
The wind was a bit challenging! but everything survived unmarked! (just about!)
Thankyou to everyone who popped down, said hello, enjoyed the cake and fizz, tweeted and bought a print.
Bedford – you rule!
P.S. Look out for me on the front of the Clanger next month!