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Decorated Christmas Branches  

Pick big branches of fine beech for your home. Festoon with satin, silk and velvet ribbons in plum, ruby and burnt orange and trim with gilded leaves and stars. Once Christmas is over all of your buds will open to welcome spring.  £12-15 from the Chapel

Anything can be exponentially improved with lavish papers and ribbons. Khadi Lokta Papers are handmade in the Himalayan foothills and come in natural and jewel colours. This year we love burnt oranges and Indian pinks. Swathe in ruched ribbons. Ribbons from 65p a metre.  Khadi Lokta Paper £1

Gild anything with Rub ‘n Buff carnuba wax pigment, which looks as close to the real thing as anything we’ve found and is a joy to apply with a brush, cloth or even just your finger. Rub ‘n Buff Metallic Wax Base Tube £7.49  

Create stars, wreaths and hearts out of green branches from your garden and hang with fairy lights to create an understated magical effect.

The Happy Prince – Oscar Wilde £10.95

Dover Yellow Fairy Book – Andrew Lang £8.99

We are a one stop shop for children’s gifts this Christmas – and you don’t even have to leave your door. Shop online by category for gifts and get them delivered to you in time to go under the tree.

Our top picks are…

STOCKING FILLERS

Stabilo Woody Pencils £1.41 Their luxurious buttery texture and vibrancy of colour make these firm favourites for all ages. Draw on any smooth surface and blend with water to create a painterly effect.

Koh-i-Noor 4 Tier Watercolour Set  At £6.65 this is an all-rounder watercolour set that can travel, takes up barely any room and is very easy to use. With 24 beautiful colours, you can’t go wrong.

FIMO Soft Modelling Clay £2.38 Let your child get creative with this brightly coloured clay. Once baked and cooled, their creations can be cut, sawn, glued, varnished and painted

Marabu Porcelain Painter Pens £3.84 Draw these directly on to ceramics or glass in lots of bright, opaque colours and decorate your own dishwasher-friendly crockery without baking. Tried and tested with a huge thumbs up!

FOR THE STORY LOVERS

‘The Happy Prince’ by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by Maisie Paradise Shearring £10.95. First published in 1888, Wilde’s beautiful and romantic winter’s tale comes to life with Shearring’s delightful drawings.

‘The Yellow Fairy Book’ edited by Andrew Lang £8.99. 48 Classic fairy tales with hundreds of woodcuts and illustrations, there is so much to take from this magical tome. Not only are Lang’s Coloured Fairy Books generally considered to be the best English versions of standard stories, his collections are the richest and widest in range.

FOR THE SERIOUS CREATIVE

The Art Shop Card Printing Kit £52.95. All you need to make your own hand-printed cards. Carve your own design with the lino-cutting tool set and print with high-quality black and gold or silver ink on beautiful Fabriano Mediovalis folded cards with matching envelopes. In an archival box, this makes a very special gift.

We believe jewellery should be extraordinarily made and insouciantly compliment its wearer. Our makers are masters of their materials with a spirited spin. Choose a hand-made piece to wear from jewellers who play with acrylic, porcelain and precious metals.


Mizuki Takahashi’s enamel jewellery are etched in black scraffito and hung on long pendants to create an elegant understatement.

Marlene McKibbin’s bangles and earrings are made from clear acrylic and infused with colour that catch light and reflect it on its wearer.

Uncomplicated and satisfying, Syann van Niftrik’s organic shapes in beaten silver draw freely from the environment in an intuitive and elemental way.

 

 

4 of our top book picks at the Chapel, great gifts for all ages…

A CHILDREN’S BOOK – Anatomy: A Cutaway Look Inside the Human Body £18.95
A huge, gloriously informative book for curious children!

A MAGAZINE – Soon £10
The brainchild of the daughter of abstract painter Helen Booth (exhibitor at The Art Shop), SOON is a celebration of ‘the art of making something out of nothing’.

A NOVEL – The Theoretical Foot by M. F. K. Fisher £8.99
‘I do not know of anyone in the United States who writes better prose’, W. H. Auden wrote of Fisher. This exuberant tale of suspended morals in Lake Geneva in the 1930s is the perfect antidote to a wet Wales in winter.

AN ART BOOK – The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh: How E. H. Shephard Illustrated an Icon £25
Packed full of exquisite drawings and photographs, this volume reveals anecdotes and images of a heartfelt creative process.

…of course there are lots more titles to choose from for adults and children on our bookshelves at the Chapel.

 

Inspiring gifts for that hard person to choose for and out of the ordinary stocking fillers.

Festive and warming preserves and sweets to wrap up and take home.

Sumptuous art materials and books to fire up creative children.

More than cards… give a little bit of theatre this Christmas…

 

Produce from our larder – boxes, bottles & jars of festive edible delights

Pollock’s Toy Theatre shadow cards & wrappings

Children’s Corner  – illustrated story & activity books for all ages

Winter exhibition of paintings, drawings, jewellery, ceramics & textiles

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Chapel Kitchen open for Breakfast, Lunch & Brunch

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Christmas puddings – made on a rare visit to the Chapel by Laura Jackson of Towpath, London

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Fresh Turmeric Root – for our Golden Milk – with almond milk, fresh ginger & honey – a perfect immune booster

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Freshly made – Orange, Cardamom & Thyme, Lemon & Rosemary, Crystallised Quince – Marmalades

We are open on Sunday 11th December 10am-4pm in celebration of the Abergavenny Christmas Food & Drink Fair. 

The creative energy of artists, designers, artisans and chefs enlivens our spaces with innovative, festive works – jewellery, textiles, ceramics, paintings, printmaking and edible creations.

The Chapel will be open all day for breakfast, brunch and lunch. For sale from our larder – Christmas puddings, big festive tarts and cakes (including gluten and dairy free. Put in your orders for Christmas), bottled cordials and ketchups, alcohol infusions, preserves and quince jellies, boxes of membrillo, pastilles, honeycomb and chocolate Valencia almonds. Biodynamic wines, locally brewed craft ales and cider and small batch speciality coffees available.

From the woods, stars and wreaths, balls of mistletoe, berry-laden holly and gilded apples.

There is a children’s corner with books to cherish. Artists’ cards, calendars wrappings (good enough to frame) and of course artists’ materials, box sets for calligraphy, printmaking, writing, painting and drawing and more at The Art Shop.

Great gift ideas for all ages… for the difficult ones and the ones who are a pleasure to buy for.

Hope to see you…

 

 

 

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Dip Pen Nib Set

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G. Lalo Writing Paper set with Kaweco Pocket Fountain Pen

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Sennelier Ink & Dip Pen

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Printmaking Set (Lino, Roller, Cutting Tools & Ink)

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Isabey Isacryl Cats Tongue Brush Set for Oils & Acrylics

We have put together small sets and selections to make your shopping easy!

Of course these are just a few ideas… if you have someone particular in mind, why not ask us to tailor make a kit or set just for them from the vast array of materials available at The Art Shop & Chapel. Not just for artists but anyone who appreciates really good quality products.

Alongside our specialist artists’ materials we have writing paper, fountain pen and calligraphy sets, books for everyone, collections of papers (handmade Indian and Japanese for example), wrapping papers, cards, calendars and lots more.

Visit us at The Art Shop or online.

*Not forgetting at the Chapel, on Market Street you’ll find a whole section just for children