Saturday 31 October 2015
Very proud to have my quilt 'Red Ripples' on the publicity leaflet for Cwilt Cymru ' Connection ' exhibition in National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff. In the midst of packing up so I won't be able to visit. Wishing those hanging the exhibition on Monday the best of luck, hope it goes well.
UPDATE - do have a look here at the exhibition , it looks fab.
Friday 30 October 2015
July piece and the boiled wool which is a delight to stitch into( if a bit stretchy), I used thick red crochet cotton and French knots. In some ways it was more challenging than little black stitches ( I'm not an embroiderer) but I quite like that they're a bit lumpy and uneven.
Open European Quilt Championships. She's made a fantastic job of hanging the International Threads exhibition ( which includes 7 of my quilts - see if you can spot them...) Thanks Gillian, also for posting them on Facebook.
Wednesday 28 October 2015
previous visit . Sketched for just an hour then rewarded myself with coffee and brownie ( alas no custard tarts left...) in the Members Room. It was good to draw again after a bit of a break but I missed the company.
Monday 26 October 2015
This morning Sue came round to help me pack up my quilts. I started with covering the bed with hand quilted 'Medieval Tile Quilt' that took me 7 years to make! Then brought quilts together from the Georgian mahogany chest they're normally stored in and those draped over the bannisters from hanging on the walls and lay them on the bed to sort by size and type. I cut 'noodles' to size while Sue ripped strips of old sheet and then rolled and tied them in 3's and 4's. The largest quilts were refolded and placed in pillowcases. Next step will be matching the rolls with storage bags or wrapping them in pillow cases and sheets ( run out of time to make more bags and my machines are now packed up anyway). I ordered some metre high cardboard boxes for transporting them. Cwilt Cymru and International Threads) and the 220ish Journal Quilts in 2 very large plastic boxes....
That's an awful lot of investment of time ( at least half are hand stitched) but I've enjoyed every minute.
Friday 23 October 2015
Ai Weiwei exhibition at the RA!
This enormous piece in room 3, made of straightened metal bars from collapsed buildings was not only stunning in its scale and the subtle waves and patterns but brought a lump to my throat, with it's reference to the impact of shoddy construction of public buildings such as schools and the list of the thousands of students who lost their lives when buildings collapsed in an earthquake.
Also liked the map of China in room 6 and the chandelier made of bicycles!
I've since been to the Fabric of India exhibition at the V&A ( fabulous!) and going to the Celts : Art and Identity at the British Museum with Ian tomorrow after lunch at Savoir Faire . Have just paid for membership of both V&A and British Museum so that as well as getting into exhibitions, can use the members rooms as 'clubs' when coming up to town from Faversham .
Sunday 18 October 2015
Two weeks ago at this time (Sunday afternoon) we were in our room in the Heights Hotel , Portland digesting a delicious Sunday roast at the New Inn, Easton hoping we'd have enough room for 3 course evening meal in the hotel restaurant ( we were staying on a BBD basis). We just about managed it by choosing lighter items from the menu!
This Friday to Monday break came at just the right time - Ian hadn't had a holiday since we were last in Weymouth in March and we were much in need of fresh air and a change of focus from sorting out house move.
We'd booked an earlier dinner back at the hotel to catch the sunset - a lot more cloud around so not quite as spectacular but lovely panoramic views of the orange glow
Tuesday 13 October 2015
Saturday 10 October 2015
My 1/2 hour drawing sessions recording 'small treasures' has worked well getting me back into good habits ( along with the kickstart of City Lit drawing class and sketching Tuesdays in Museums). As with when I started making Journal Quilts in 2003, the appeal is fitting something creative in when life is very hectic and larger projects are impossible. They provide opportunities to explore new materials and techniques and if they don't work, well you've learnt from it. I like that they don't need to be for anything, just themselves, and my observational skills , have improved no end. I'm also currently in love with the 5 1/2 inch square Seawhite sketchbook I'm using.
So while away for the weekend on Portland, besides studies of some of the wonderful pebbles on Chesil Beach ( which I carefully rehomed after I drew them - you're not allowed, quite rightly, to take them away ) , I moved on to recording larger views, while still sticking to the half hour rule.
The views from 'The Heights' over Chesil were wonderful, especially in late afternoon, drawing from the restaurant after a cream tea (me) and a beer(Ian)