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Chelsea inspired textile garden at Maldon Art Trail
Textile artist Martine Farrant
The 'Not the Chelsea Flower Show' will include a big sell-off at the end

A local artist has created a 'Not the Chelsea Flower Show', as part of this year's Maldon Art Trail.

Textile artist Martine Farrant was approached by trail co-ordinator Rosie Sandler to create the installation.

The inspiration came from Top Gear presenter James May's plasticine garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

"The idea was that the entire garden would be made out of textiles, so fabric, felt, knitting, crochet, whatever," said Martine.

"The patients from Farleigh have been involved in it, and a number of the groups around Tollesbury in particular have been really good," said Martine.

Martine's 'Not the Chelsea Flower Show' will be on display in Maldon's Moot Hall.

"There is a table in the Moot Hall which can't be removed, so that's going to be turned into a walled garden," said Martine.

"It's going to be made to look like a raised garden with pots, and we're going to have a textile pond.

Textile flowers
The material from the flowers has all been donated by local people

"The table itself is 12ft by 5ft, that's the scale and then it's whatever else I can incorporate around the rest of the building," she added.

The garden has been a real labour of love for Martine.

"I started really thinking about it in February, and I started getting the idea out and talking to people probably around about Easter time, and it's sorted of being building up since then."

The textile garden is currently 'growing' in Martine's living room, and it is hoped will continue to expand during the week of the art trail.

"Gardens grow, so I would actually really like people to come in and add to the garden as the week goes by," she said.

"Even if they only make a leaf or a petal that can be made up into another flower, we will add it to the display as the week goes by."

Like the Chelsea Flower Show, the Maldon Art Trail creation will also have a sell-off where members of the public can bag one of the textile creations.

"The idea is that when we start to take it down on the final Saturday, we will have the 'Chelsea' sell-off. Everything that is there will be available for sale," said Martine.

"A lot of the flowers have been put onto brooch pins, so they can be taken off the display and put on a jacket.

"Some of them will look fantastic on a winter jacket. Others are suited to put in vases or just stick in a bowl on the table."

The Maldon Art Trail is on from Saturday, 18 to Sunday, 26 September.



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