Ceramic artist Julie Massie, Silversmith and Jeweller Candy Matterson, Textile Artist Hermione Thomson and Glass Artist Helen Twigge-Molecey share their responses to South Hill Park, its history and valued position in the community.
DAYS AT SEA
Julie is drawn to the history of the house during WW2. In 1940, the Royal Sea Bathing Hospital evacuated from Margate to South Hill Park, moving back in 1945.
It was originally set up to treat sufferers of scrofula in London and the treatment was based on fresh air and bathing using sea bathing machines.
Her porcelain wall art in greys, blues and greens represents the healing waters of the sea.
The designs of my silverwork and jewellery have revolved around movement, instigated by touch and texture which invites touch/stroke.
I happened on a Menopause conference at South Hill Park which is a hub for people to meet and share.
I suffer from Osteoporosis which is initially a painless, hidden condition which creeps up, especially on women, around Menopause.
Its effects can be crippling.
My personal journey and frustrations have spilled into my work along with a desire to share what I have learned about keeping bone density.
I: Candy Matterson
South Hill Park became an arts centre in October 1973, which is a significant date for Hermione since this was also the year she was born.
Hermione felt compelled to create a series of contemplative mixed media pieces to commemorate this shared celebration.
Her work deploys an unusual combination of on-site found waste materials together with rust and gold accents, which act as alchemic references, selected to illustrate the passage of time during the transformational journey over the past 50 years.
I: the_textile_ alchemist
f: Hermione Thomson
INTERWOVEN Part 4