Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Stewarding, Stitching and Spirit Stains
Gallery@49 in Bracknell. Perishing cold - just as well Sandy had warned me and I came armed with thermals and layers of fleeces. It's a nice space if a bit tricky to take photos although I rather like how the art pieces interacted with the environment.
Tonia who came down from her studio periodically to thaw out and with the few people who ventured into the Gallery. Several artists who popped in to admire the textiles talked about their own work, including a man who worked in leather. A couple of weeks ago Ian's mum had given me an old box of leather 'spirit stains' that had been her fathers so this was the opportunity to find out a bit more about them. When I described them, he said that they were probably aniline dyes which you can't get anymore (for H&S reasons of course!) but apparently they're the best - transparent but intense. This led to futher discussions about tanning methods and whether he had a stash of leathers equivalent to my fabric. A little hesitantly he admitted this was the case!!