As you may know I went to the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate a few weeks ago as a visitor. I requested an invite from the organisers as I’m intending on taking a stand at next years show in April 2015 and as I’ve never even been to a trade show before I really wanted to have a look around and find out more about what is involved. I took Colin, Milo and the dog with me and we stayed in Ripon.
It was an amazing weekend away, as not only did I visit the BCTF for a whole day, I also got to visit Ripon which was a lovely blast from the past as when I was 19 years old, I left home and went to college there to study teaching. I hated it and quickly switched to study art and never looked back.
We stayed at a pub round the corner from my old college, which sadly has been left abandoned for years now – well the art block has – the main college buildings have all been turned into flats. I went on a little ‘down memory lane’ walk with the dog one evening and it was lovely to visit my old haunts…
Madonna and Child
I used to pass this on a daily basis and photographed it over and over again…
The Ripon Campus
This was the art department entrance with the porters lodge in the foreground and the art block in the distance.
The Art Block Main Entrance
I wish I still had photos of me and my colleagues sitting on the steps here!
The Art Block
The Side Entrance to the Art Block
This was just next to my studio and the entrance I used everyday. Looking a little neglected and overgrown with plants now – what a shame!
My Sculpture Studio
Behind the trees are the windows to my sculpture studio. As the only sculpture student, I had the studio to myself. There was a massive long belfast type sink by these windows. The studio was hit with the most amazing evening light and the window frames used to cast lovely shadows on the studio floor. I loved that room!
The College Emblem
Private Residents Only
Oh how things have changed!
The Old College Buildings
All converted into flats now. I bumped into a woman who lived there and said when she first moved in she lived in what used to be the college library and the flat was amazing. She now lives in one of the new build flats round the back of this building. Seems so odd. I wish I could’ve gone inside and had a good look around.
I used to live in a flat at the back of this building – apparently haunted – it was a very strange place to live, but I shared the space with a very unusual bunch of people and it was a very unusual time in my life.
There’s the door that led into my kitchen and living room.
And there’s the windows to my room up at the top. I used to climb out onto the roof with my flatmate and sit there in the evening sun and we’d smoke and play our guitars.
Ripon Spa Baths
This was across the road and a great place for a swim.
It’s still there!
OMG! After all these years the kebab shop is still there! My flat mate used to work there and we used to hang out there a lot and get free pizzas.
The Market Square
The phone boxes I used to use to call home.
And this shop used to be a 1hr photo lab that I used to run!
The One Eyed Rat
This pub served up some seriously strong ales and fruit wines
I had a lovely walk around the cathedral grounds. Such an amazing place. I can’t believe that I used to ring the bells in this cathedral. Never on a Sunday though, as I wasn’t very good. I just used to go to the practice sessions on a Wednesday evening to learn from the masters. Bell ringing is not easy – it involves a lot of strength and a lot of counting. I think I was bell number 3 and I was generally always out by a second or two. But it was great fun!