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posted by Tessa Webb on Thursday, 30 October 2014

The NCUB has asked me to write another blog to help undergraduates get ready for the workplace.

The National Centre for Universities and Business has commissioned me to write about student employability.

Claire, the owner of Two Ducks (a lovely company selling beautiful British gifts) has inspired me to write this blog. On returning from the New Des


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hidden treasures 17 July 2010

J._Final_press_picture_fo_Cotswold_Open_Studios_-_Hidden_Treasures_2010_-_large-F400x300Tim Blades: unique, hand crafted jewellery.

MacGregor and Michael: top leather work.

Richard Kenton Webb: landscape-inspired paintings and prints.

Yvette Green: handmade glass mosaics.

The New Brewery Arts: Dorothy Reglar (beautifully-cut garments), Loco Glass (innovative glassware), Russell Paige (attractive hand thrown ceramics), Studio Seven (garments, accessories, millinery, and textile art), and Sarah Beadsmoore (hand woven silk scarves, table linen and cushions).

David and Ali Thistlethwaite: gentle landscapes and vibrant abstracts.

Vanessa Arbuthnott: fabrics inspired by the local countryside.

Tin Odescalchi: evocative landscapes, seascapes, nudes and portraits.

David and Kitty Garland: celebrated pots and flower paintings.


'I had never taken part in an Open Studios before and was delighted with the amount of people who came to look round my workshop. I gave them a brief chat about my fabrics and business and then they wandered around my house to see how I put my different patterns and colours together. Everyone was offered tea and cake, followed by the chance to buy fabric at a special discount or purchase a selection of cushions, aprons and gift cards. It was a marvellous opportunity to raise our local profile and get feedback from our customers.'

Vanessa Arbuthnott, textile designer

'The Hidden Treasures Open Studios was a really nice experience. Tessa's creativity of thought in organising made it enjoyable and hassle-free. It was interesting to be part of a group, meeting other local artists whom I had heard of but never met before. The open day went well and was busy. I always enjoy feedback from the public.'

Kitty Garland, artist

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