SHAF Arts Trail: Jean Fenton

Jean Fenton is one of 60 artists opening their studios for the SHAF Arts Trail. Jean – together with Cally Gooding, Peter Truscott and Jackie Richardson – will be exhibiting at Avon Mill, in the Upper Cafe.



Jean Fenton SHAFThe South Hams Arts Forum (SHAF) is a lively, actively engaged association of artists and craftspeople from across the region. Over the past decade, SHAF has regularly staged a number of exhibitions in the South Hams, and is glad to announce that the annual Arts Trail has this year been extended to include the Half-Term week and will run from October 14th – October 29th in most venues.

SHAF membership is extremely diverse, so while some artists create in purpose-built studios, others produce their work at the kitchen table. Consequently, the Arts Trail will lead visitors to some artists working in their home studios and to others exhibiting in galleries and exhibition halls.

At each venue, visitors will find artists happy to discuss their art-form, explain the processes involved and provide the opportunity to view, appreciate and buy unique pieces of work.

Following the Arts Trail also gives visitors an unusual opportunity to explore the glorious South Hams as they map their route and discover more and more artists’ venues (as well as cream tea venues).


Jean Fenton SHAF

Meet Jean Fenton, Artist

Jean is a textile artist, living on the edge of Dartmoor in the beautiful rolling hills of the South Hams in Devon, UK.

Jean has a fascination for natural landforms and studied Geological Science at Plymouth University. Her work reflects her deep love of nature and her local landscape and she is inspired by her physical surroundings.

Jean hand dyes all her fibres, giving her the specific palette she wants and allowing her to be creative with fibres from local sheep grazing in Devon and Cornwall. Afterwards, she stitches her pieces to reflect the distant hills and tors of Dartmoor.


Meet Jean Fenton, Tutor

Jean Fenton SHAFJean offers workshops, via the website, on how to use a spinning wheel, drop spinning, silk fusion, circle weaving, needle felting and wet felting.

These workshops cost from £15 upwards.

Courses can be tailored to suit – up to 30 people, all ages.

Materials are also available: pure wool skeins, spindles, and kits, fibres for adding texture and a whole lot else besides.



SHAF Arts Trail brochures are available in libraries, information centres and many other places in the South Hams. There are 18 SHAF Arts Trail venues, each with one or more artists displaying their work and available for you to see them at work, and to answer your questions.

In case you can’t get your hands on a copy, here are the details for Jean Fenton’s venue in Loddiswell– and the opening times.

This venue is being shared by four artists: Jean Fenton, Cally Gooding, Peter Truscott and Jackie Richardson.



You can contact Jean by email at or call her on 01364 649444 or visit her website:  



Visit the SHAF website for more details.

Contemporary Passions

On show: The Great Mewstone

As mentioned in a previous blog post, Maxine, who runs the Gallery Project at Noss Mayo has several of my originals on show at the moment. One of those is today’s featured painting with The Great Mewstone rising out of the sea while tide, wind, and currents scar the sea surface with competing patterns. It is hard to take in the distant shores of Cornwall.


What’s my connection with The Mewstone?

Not a pleasant one, unfortunately! On my first visit to the Yealm with two sailing chums, I was persuaded to accompany them to the Mewstone by boat. I thought we were going to moor up and explore … but no, they wanted to dive and try out their harpoons and needed me to stay on board while we were anchored for safety purposes.

As I hadn’t come along with a wetsuit and they had, I agreed. About 40 minutes later, they returned with their harpoons but no fish or lobster to be seen. However, I had changed colour! I had discovered seasickness. It took several pints for me to find my ‘land legs’!


Where can you see this painting?

The Great Mewstone is on display at The Gallery Project, in Noss Mayo. This light, contemporary space provides the perfect setting to showcase art and craft from South Devon and is open now, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am until 5pm, until 23 December.


Where is The Gallery Project, in Noss Mayo?

The Gallery Project is in The Revelstoke Room, next to the Village Hall.

Post code: PL8 1EN

Tel: 01752 873150