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Spring Officially starts at local fashion store...

Spring Officially starts on April 19th at local fashion store

A well known local business and a local artist have come up with an enterprising and creative solution to beat the difficult economic times.

Lucy Perry is a teacher of Art & Design and Photography at Thetford Grammar School.  She has teamed up with the well known fashion retailer Javelin in Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds.  Together, Javelin and Lucy hope to inspire shoppers that Spring has sprung!

Practising artist Lucy Perry approached Joanna Clayton the co-owner of Javelin to see whether the shop would consider displaying a couple of pictures as part of the Art About Town initiative which is organised by Suffolk Open Studios.

As a prelude to the Suffolk Showcase exhibition, Suffolk Open Studios encourage their artists to make contact with a local business that might be happy to display their work and thereby raise public awareness of the upcoming exhibition and events.  

“When I approached Javelin to see if they would consider displaying a couple of pictures they responded so positively” said Mrs Perry. “They were enthusiastic about my work and suggested a collaboration which has allowed me to ‘indulge’ in painting a number of large canvases on my favourite theme – flowers.  Painting on a large scale is something I Iove to do as my work is very much about gesture as well as colour and pattern.”

Mrs Clayton and Mr Stephane Hanri (Creative Stylist) were equally as thrilled.  The artworks are totally unique and help them to stand out visually amongst other High Street retailers.  “We are hoping that some of the  students who study Art with Lucy might also be able to become involved in a   window design based project giving them the opportunity to explore future career ideas.” said Joanna.

As Arts Award Co-ordinator at Thetford Grammar School, Lucy Perry is keen to inspire the next generation of creative professionals. “When I was a student, I did not know about all the opportunities open to artists and being able to offer my pupils every chance to explore the possibilities that are out there, such as experiencing visual merchandising within an award winning store, is hugely valuable for them”.


Inspired by nature and process - working mostly in acrylic and in printmaking, Lucy Perry produces both figurative and abstract pictures, small and large scale. Colour, pattern and brushstroke are key elements in her work.  Lucy will be opening her studio during the last weekend in June, in Thorpe Morieux.

“Spring is always my most productive time of year.  I feel creativity emerging with renewed vigour reflecting nature’s busiest time of year. Of course this year there has been a rather slow emergence of Spring outside but plenty of energy in the studio.  I have been greatly inspired by the opportunity of collaborating with Javelin Retail, and by their generous support of my work.” said Lucy.


Friday 19th April at Javelin, 37 Abbeygate Steet 2- 4pm – Lucy Perry & Stephane Hanri will be installing the final pieces of the exhibition.


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