Postcard from Cambridge

For a while now I’ve been getting to grips with my SLR Camera and venturing out on photography trips around my home city. Cambridge is hugely photographic, with plenty of postcard images on every corner. Combined with the creative buzz, architecture, river views and green spaces, it is difficult not to feel inspired every day. I know I am lucky to live here.

I hope you will enjoy my ‘tour’ of the city through this post. If you don’t even plan to ever visiting Cambridge, I hope the photography will at least be something nice to look at.

The most iconic/postcard image of the city is Kings College, used by locals and tourists as a hotspot for outdoor lunch or meeting up (weather permitting) to watch the world go by.

Just opposite, is the super tasty and decadent Fudge Kitchen where you can taste, make and buy SLABS (yes, slabs) of fudge to take home. I recently tried the maple syrup & walnut fudge and it.was.amazing. They even have a loyalty card with double points on a Friday. Win.

The Market Square hosts all manner of sellers, incuding my favourite vintage sellers Retrovert and the Ostrich Farmer on Sundays. Waffles, fresh flowers, cakes and fruit and veg all week, come rain or shine. A shopping must for visitors and residents.

The River Cam is my little haven for quiet time and walks. Equally you can join the masses and punt along the backs of the college or even get up at the crack of dawn for rowing training. I am lucky enough to live incredibly close to the river.

My prerequisite for living in Cambridge, was getting a bicycle. It is the best way to get around the city and my trusty dutch bike gets me places in all weathers! You see all sorts of cyclists in the city, from those riding with an umbrella to pooches in baskets.

The Sheep Shop is a definite for knitters and crochet fans. Tucked away along the river, this quiet haven of yarn includes a shop and courses at a reasonable price. This weekend I will take the first steps towards learning crochet – watch this space!

I hope you enjoyed the tour today!

Claire x

Creative Spaces

I recently had the fantastic opportunity of completing a 6 month internship in marketing for Cambridge Art Salon. After working and studying in London, I really wanted to find something that would allow me to reconnect with the Cambridge art scene and this experience did just that.

After responding to a post on good old twitter, I got in touch with the salon’s Creative Director Ruthie Collins, who is an excellent advocate for nuturing artists and developing local community arts.

In the heart of Romsey, the space is a unique creative hub in Cambridge, with over 20 resident artists working on site across the fields of fashion, contemporary art, the media and crafts. There is also a community gallery for exhibitions, events and even yoga classes. Resident artists sell their work in a shop based in the gallery, which ranges from upcycled bags and glass jewellery (earrings in the image below), to sculpture and millinery.

One of my favourite resident artists is Ruth Schmid, a creator of upcycled bags and gadget/phone cases. Fully embracing the upcycling trend, Ruth uses recycled advertising banners, bicycle inner tubes or tarpaulin to create her pieces such as the phone case shown here.  Anything that uses bicycle parts to make something so useful, is a perfect Cambridge art in my eyes…especially given the amount of abandoned, broken bicycles around! Find out more about Ruth’s creations here

Resident artist Diana Probst, paints in a classical style and often asks her twitter followers for ideas/subjects for her paintings. Admirably, she recently completed a successful challenge to create a painting in a day, which gave me a fresh perspective on productivity. You can find out more about Diana’s work here and follow her often witty tweets here: @dianaprobst

UK Handmade recently interviewed the salon’s Creative Director, Ruthie Collins in their Spring magazine about the salon, its emergence and future plans. The magazine is worth a read if you are into the arts and all things handmade.

The salon allowed me to work flexibly whilst balancing a full-time job and I really valued working with such talented artists. It really inspired me to think about my own creativity and what is achievable. Apart from meeting a great group of people, it has given me the confidence to explore more of the diverse Cambridge art scene and get creating myself.

For further information on the project, please visit the Cambridge Art Salon website.

Claire x

  • Images:
  • (1) Cambridge Art Salon – Mayors Opening Sept 2011
  • (2) Qhere creations
  • (3) Jill Fordham glass jewellery