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Welcome to DAN

Devon Artist Network (DAN) is a membership organisation set up to promote the visual arts and create opportunities for artists and makers in Devon.

DAN was established in 2004 and is a non-profit making organisation initiating a range of projects across the county including the well established Devon Open Studios (DOS) event that runs annually in September.

Featured Artist: Marilyn Hornby

My background

My father showed me how to use a sewing machine when I was ten and I started making my own clothes in my teens. Later I became interested in knitting, sewing, bobbin lace and crochet and in the early 1990s I attended classes on patchwork. After entering a quilt in an exhibition in Harrogate in 1994, there was interest in the 3-D fuchsia blocks that made up the quilt and so I started to produce fuchsia kits for people to make up themselves.  I also taught Hardanger embroidery to Adult Education classes and  found a demand for Hardanger kits of my own design.

Patch Flora

In 1996 I ceased to be a school science teacher and began trading as Patch Flora in Luton, Bedfordshire, with the fuchsia for my logo. I expanded the range of my applique designs and Hardanger kits for sale and began to publish articles in needlework magazines. I soon became a regular trader at needlework shows from Exeter to Edinburgh. Discerning a need for reliable tuition I started a programme of classes and workshops at home that has run ever since.  As you will see as you browse my web site my range has expanded over the years to include mobiles, floral motifs, butterflies, angels, trapunto, redwork and fused work. All the designs are my unique Patch Flora designs.

In 2007, I and Patch Flora moved to Barnstaple, Devon, where I recently started a second web site.

Forthcoming Events
 DAN Events for 2015

 Thursday, 01 January 2015

DAN's Events Calendar has been brought up to date - any additional events will be added as soon as they are confirmed.

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 Friday, 27 March 2015

Drewsteignton, Nr Exeter 

A week of in-depth creative practice plus a lively programme of artists talks in Drewsteignton, near Exeter Devon.

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 Artizan Gallery Events

 Thursday, 23 April 2015


Future Events at Artizan Gallery, Torquay

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 Eilean Eland with others

 Saturday, 23 May 2015


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 Life Drawing Classes

 Wednesday, 03 June 2015


Tutored and Untutored Classes

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