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Exhibiting: September 2019

Sitting Spiritually have kindly invited us back to their glorious garden for the last of their Open Garden events this year.

Do come along and see a mix of both indoor and outdoor furniture from Alex Brooks Furniture and Ed Brooks Furniture, along with Sitting Spiritually’s bespoke garden swing seats and benches.

I will have exclusive purchase offers available for commissions placed at the event as well as for those pieces available to buy direct from the show. Visit me in the Summer House and in the garden to chat through the offers and to find out more about Alex Brooks Furniture.

The next Open Weekend is…..

  • Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September 2019
  • 10am to 5pm on both days
  • Parking is available at the venue
  • Entry is free & there will be free refreshments served, but donations if desired to
    ARC, a local charity

See you there – in the beautiful Dorset countryside, near Lyme Regis.

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How did it go? Bovey Tracey Craft Festival

The Bovey Tracey craft festival was an incredible event to be a part of. The standard of the artists and craftspeople was very high and this was made clear by the number of people entering the event over the long weekend.

By the end of the weekend, I had talked to hundreds of people, given away nearly all of my business postcards and sold all pieces on the stand, with commissions to prepare afterwards. It was exhausting but brilliant!

It further impressed on me the significance of getting my pieces in front of people for them to see and touch; therefore I will be exhibiting at other shows soon, as well as having more pieces in retail spaces.

 

Find a stockist…

 

There is no substitute for seeing the intrinsic natural beauty of the wood up close and in person, and experiencing the tactility of the pieces with your own hands.

If you would like to take a closer look at my furniture before buying, simply visit the following retail spaces or arrange a private viewing at the Alex Brooks Furniture workshop.

Aria – London: Stocks an eclectic range of contemporary home furnishings, lifestyle accessories and fashion as well as hand-selected vintage pieces and special collaborations with independent designers.

Dansel Gallery – Abbotsbury:  Selling contemporary, handmade interiors in wood

Ryder & Hope – Lyme Regis:  Thoughtfully curated, design-led wares to inspire everyday living

Cocoon – Honiton 

Herringbone – Charmouth: Supports artisans and makers in the local area by providing an outlet to showcase and sell their work

Cocoon Honiton Alex Brooks FurnitureAlex Brooks Furniture Wood Blocks Dansel Gallery Dorset

                        Cocoon                                                                           Dansell

Herringbone Charmouth Alex Brooks Furniture

I am also in talks with other shops, some further afield, so watch this space!

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Devon Portrait

 

A really nice ‘Devon Portrait’ feature in the March issue of Devon Life Magazine, courtesy of Matt Austin Images.

Furniture maker Alex Brooks, who lives in Seaton, East Devon, loves to create beautiful designs from raw, wind-fallen timber. Alex has been working as a furniture maker professionally for more than 16 years…

 

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Chopping Board Care

 

Caring for your oak chopping board/platter from Alex Brooks Furniture:

  • Use it and enjoy it!
  • A food safe oil has been applied. To keep the colour you can regularly treat it with olive oil or similar. Alternatively, let it age naturally.
  • Wash by hand or dishwasher. Small splits and warping may occur.
  • Mild steel such as tin cans will stain oak black, avoid. If you find a black mark, this can be sanded out.

 

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Bovey Tracey Craft Festival

I am pleased to announce that I will be part of ‘Craft Festival’ this year.

The highly acclaimed and multi award-winning festival will take place in Bovey Tracey from 7th-9th June.

Come along and meet over 200 of the finest Makers selling their work.  There will also be live music and feasting – amongst many other activities and entertainment!

I will have exclusive purchase offers available for commissions placed at the event as well as for those pieces available to buy direct from my stand.  Visit me on Stand D1 to chat through the offers and to find out more about Alex Brooks Furniture.

 

Alex Brooks Furniture Bovey Tracey Craft Festival

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Chelsea Flower Show - 2019

This charred ‘Ray Table’ from my Trunk Table collection, is making its debut appearance at Chelsea Flower Show this week!  21 – 25 May 2019.

Adrian Gray, The Pioneer of Stonebalancing Art, commissioned me to supply an organic style seat to compliment his organic garden, complete with ginormous stone balanced sculptures, at Chelsea Flower Show

Visitors can sit on my seat to get photos under the teetering rocks! 

Seek out Adrian Gray Stonebalancing on stand PW 605 and see if you can spot ‘Ray’ whilst also admiring Adrian’s stone balancing skills.

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Exhibiting: Sitting Spiritually Open Garden - 2019

Come and see a mix of both indoor and outdoor furniture from the Brooks Brothers at the upcoming Sitting Spiritually Open Garden event.

I will be exhibiting newly released pieces such as a new lamp design and many unique tables, along with pieces from the block collections. And on the lawn, we will have outdoor furniture and garden gates from Ed Brooks Furniture.

We will have furniture available to purchase at the event and we’ll also be taking orders for commissions and bespoke designs.

Please do come and see us and our indoor and outdoor furniture collections, in the beautiful Dorset countryside, near Lyme Regis.

Parking is available at the venue.

The next event is on:  Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May 2019

The first event has now closed: Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May 2019

10am to 5pm all days

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Devon Life Magazine

 

I’m really proud to be featured in the January issue of Devon Life – a fantastic magazine that frequently showcases local artisan crafts and talents.

Have a read of their feature piece on Alex Brooks Furniture.  My furniture is top of their shopping list!

‘WOOD TO WOW’

Alex Brooks Furniture combines beautiful wood with stunning designs and careful finishings… what’s not to like?

 

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Present Makers 2018

 

I am thrilled to have been selected to exhibit my handmade contemporary furniture at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, as part of their Present Makers Exhibition – 10 November 2018 to 22 December 2018.

A leading event in the South West crafts calendar, Present Makers 2018 celebrates the talent of contemporary craftspeople and designer-makers, who make the South West such a vibrant place to live.

The exhibited work in a diverse range of materials includes amongst others: glass, wood, paper, textiles, prints, ceramics, furniture and jewellery. All of the work is for sale…Read More

Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) is an award-winning public art gallery hosting an acclaimed programme of contemporary art & craft exhibitions, alongside a permanent collection of artist Thelma Hulbert’s work.

 

How was it? Pop-Up Event...

The September pop-up event, in my hometown of Seaton, was a wonderful success. It allowed me to interact with both old and new clients and talk through the processes and detail of my pieces – gaining lots of positive feedback.

It also allowed me to meet other artists and makers and to reflect on our skill.

I made many new friends and contacts, and as you can see I am now expanding into other outlets, near and further afield.

A massive thank you to Affar who were so kind to host the pop-up for me, Hilary Arnold (painter) and Anja Graefe (potter)

Pop-Up Event

The Pop-Up Event will allow you to view my entire range of pieces, many of which have not been seen before.

When & Where?

Affar, 4 Cross Street, Seaton, Devon. EX12 2LH (www.affar.co.uk)

Tuesday 11th September – Sunday 23rd September 9am until 7pm (every day)

Who is the Pop-Up Event for?

Whether you want to buy a piece for your own home, require multiples for retail or would like to commission furniture for commercial space then the Pop-Up Event is a great place to start.  You will have the opportunity to see and feel the furniture as well as discuss your plans and requirements face to face with me, an experienced designer and maker.

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How did it go? Sitting Spiritually Open Garden Events

 

These were glorious events held in the wonderful show garden of Martin and Celia Young, owners of Sitting Spiritually.

I spent each event weekend based in the Summer House, exhibiting handcrafted solid wood furniture from my portfolio.

It was a great success and influenced me to show my pieces at my own pop-up event, as detailed above.

Sitting Spiritually Open Garden Weekends

Both Alex Brooks Furniture and Ed Brooks Furniture are exhibiting at the three Sitting Spiritually Open Garden Weekends this Spring and Summer.

The next, and last event is on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, so please do come and see us and our indoor and outdoor furniture collections, in the beautiful Dorset countryside, near Lyme Regis.

We will have furniture available to purchase at the event and we’ll also be taking orders for commissions and bespoke designs.

Parking is available at the venue.

Also exhibiting with us will be:

Adrian Gray Stone Balancing

Jarmanmurphy Garden Design

Robert James Literary Bronze Sculpture

Marshwood Vale Magazine - People at Work

 

“Alex is branching out, designing his own interior furniture from the wood he loves so much. Alongside conventional bespoke furniture, Alex strives to capture the beauty of fallen wood, showcasing the end grain detail in his pieces, which are also works of art. Alex uses the sections of a tree that other carpenters often avoid as they are temperamental to work with. But the results are more than worth it”…….cont

Meet The Maker - with Axminster Power Tools

 

As part of the wider Brooks family furniture story, Alex was asked to appear in a video for Axminster Power Tools, and we think it is a real success.