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New vegan art café The White Nettle gives Sudbury plenty of food for thought

Making stained glass holds a chemical attraction for artist and Sudbury café owner Trudy Anthony.

Trudy’s new vegan art café – called The White Nettle in North Street – combines good food with colourful glass art decorations dotted around her premises.

It was the art of mixing chemicals to produce colourful works of art that attracted Trudy to her creative calling, she says.

The White Nettle Vegan Art Cafe which is owned by Trudy Anthony and run by her daughter Lydia. ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (30165582)
The White Nettle Vegan Art Cafe which is owned by Trudy Anthony and run by her daughter Lydia. ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (30165582)

“It’s the science that interests me – I love the science of it,” she said. “I trained as a hairdresser and worked as a colouristin London at Sassoon’s for five years. Mixing chemicals was involved in the creative process. I have always done something arty.

“That’s what drew me to glass art – it’s difficult, but you use chemicals to achieve different outcomes.”

In Sudbury, the result is a place to display her glass art work for sale, and a studio above the café in which to create it.

She hopes to start running glass-making courses soon.

Trudy –a vegetarian for 40 years and a vegan latterly – runs the café with her 20-year-old daughter, Lydia.

Her eldest daughter Elysia, 24, who is an art teacher at Ormiston Sudbury Academy, provides all the painted artwork for the café.

Trudy originally had a studio in Maldon, which closed when she went to live in Spain. While there, she got involved in animal rescue projects and eventually returned to the UK to live, bringing back three stray cats and two stray dogs.

Her venture in Sudbury started when her daughter came to Sudbury for her job interview.

“I was looking for a venue to have a studio and, since we cook a lot of vegan food, we thought we could combine the two,” said Trudy.

“This place was previously a beauty salon and had room upstairs and downstairs.”

The cafe offers vegan pastries and cakes, and lunches include vegetable tart with tortillas and homemade coleslaw, gluten-free falafels and homemade hummus with salad, and homemade black bean burgers.

For more details on Trudy’s glass art business, go online to www.cristalamor.com.

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