Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Herons Park Wedding Venue Launch

It's been a while since I've talked weddings, however I was pretty excited when the park where my dad has worked for a good few years now posted this flyer on Facebook earlier in the month;

Naturally my Dad knew nothing about it ***facepalm*** so I got myself on the guest list and headed down there on Sunday out of sheer curiosity.

I've long had a soft spot for this venue since working next door at the International Race Track as a teenager (think Penelope Pitt-Stop - if only I could type the crying with laughter emoji) and attending numerous events over the years such as fireworks nights and family parties. However, my mind was BLOWN when I entered the newly refurbished and newly established wedding venue. Hats off to the brainchild of Co-ordinator Hannah King, who alongside fiancé Liam have transformed Herons Park into a luxury and bespoke wedding location set right in the heart of the Romney Marsh.

Herons Park are offering full and exclusive use of the entire building and the grassed drinks reception area which looks out over the beautiful lake. The wedding breakfast room itself will seat one hundred and ten guests, however for those looking to host a larger wedding there is the option to hire a marquee or tipi which can also be situated adjacent to the main building.

The real beauty of the venue is that it offers the promise of a unique and personal event. Wedding vows can be tailor made or even written by the bride and groom and the ceremony can be performed outside by the lake or inside as a wet weather back up option. With the vast space surrounding the building wedding goers have the option to camp out and make a weekend of it and really indulge in the rustic nature of the setting.

Due to the size of the newly renovated building there is also a children's room complete with a pool table, flat screen TV, football table and air hockey so that children can feel welcomed and an important part of your day. It is this kind of attention to detail that sets Herons Park apart from other venues, alongside the flexibility of Co-ordinator Hannah who will herself marry here next spring ahead of the first official booking.
Clearly not ones to shy away from hard work, the Kings have decided to open up the venue for weddings year round, meaning as per the launch day decorations that if a winter wedding is right up your street here may be the perfect place to do it.

The venue flows freely from area to area and everything down to the ladies room falls nothing short of immaculate. It is clean, fluid and crisp; even the staff uniforms add to the professional and elegant feel of the entire project.

Overall my impression was that this was a carefully thought out and brilliantly executed plan to bring something to the Marsh that is unique and yet somehow obvious; now this stunning wedding venue is here it almost begs the question why wasn't it here all along?

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

This next

A few years ago I wrote about the end of year presentation from the students of Sussex Coast College at Hastings (Formerly Hastings College of Arts & Technology),see here.
Friday night I found myself back here celebrating the work of the students of 2015, in a showcase of creative flare and individuality; potentially highlighting some future moguls of the fashion, design and media industry.

picture above; work accredited to Fern Beall and Brogan Blanch

Besides the aesthetics being both vibrant and refined, it was the concepts behind the work which as usual, made the resounding impact on my psyche.
What of the person, I wonder, at such a young age, who can create such detailed inception and display it openly to public scrutiny with no reward other than credibility. Hence, I am offering some here. Much as I would love to comment on each individual student's hard work, for the purpose of an easy read and my own sanity, I have chosen to showcase only my absolute favourite designs and ideas here today.

We had fun with this one. Brogan Blanch created this jigsaw puzzle to depict the close relationship she shares with her sister, who has autism. One of the symbols of the Autism Society is a jigsaw puzzle piece. Brogan's concept behind this idea is to share some of the difficulties people with autism may face on a daily basis. I can tell you now - this puzzle was no easy task. It took four grown adults over half a hour just to put one half together.

I really liked this idea. Rose Smith created images of her self portrait to place herself in the shoes of a persona from another culture in society, historically or otherwise. Techniques used included A2 screen printing for the Russian cosmonaut poster, A4 digital collage for the celebrity police photo inspiration and three colour screen print for the gangster t-shirt. What is clever here is that Rose has used techniques commonly used to reflect the context of the self portraits.

What a cool little brand idea this was. Faith Bromley is going off to the University of Portsmouth to study a BA in Fashion, and she has channelled the atmosphere and vibe of Brighton to create her ColourMash concept. Follow Faith's progression of her lifestyle products here; colour-mash-my-major@tumblr.com.

This idea by Ellie Harley was to showcase vintage dresses previously left unloved and forgotten by the women who harboured them in the back of their dusty closets. The dresses all have memories of a time when they were worn and enjoyed, and here they are displayed to be admired and seen again.

Lauren Stirrup used Vincent Van Gough as her inspiration for her conceptual piece using printed fabrics that she has developed.

The beautiful garment and imagery above comes from Beatrice De Grandi Seabright, who wanted to explore and embody the life and vitality of Spanish Catholicism. Beatrice took inspiration from 'various designers, her own history and classic history to create this rich and traditional dress'.

And finally...

Clearly my favourite piece from the whole show, Fern Beall was a Vincent Lines Memorial Trust Award nominee for creative excellence for her work on this project. Understandably so, as the centrepiece for the entire show it drew in crowds and was probably one of the most photographed piece all evening. Fern's concept was to incorporate colour and light from nothing with empty space. Using acrylic boxes each individually painted and carefully constructed, they have been arranged in a way that reverberates the artist Yayoi Kusama and her 'Infinity Mirrored Room'.

Of her work, Fern says; 'Kusama's 'Infinity Mirrored Room' inspired me to create a space that completely transforms the viewers thoughts and feelings from those they had before being surrounded by the mass of colour I've created while the light floods through it.'

Fern studied the Extended Diploma Art & Design under her tutor Martin Symons, and is going on to study a Foundation Diploma Art & Design - Fine Art. Martin says of Fern; 'She showed a lot of dedication to create a wonderful final piece for the show'.

I would like to personally thank the exhibitors for allowing me the chance to browse the product of their imaginations, and wish every one of them all the success and rewards for the hard work written into their futures.
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