Tuesday 26 April 2016
Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in the morning. It's an excellent museum for sketching in , with well chosen ( and lit!) display, good interpretation and lots of chairs and tables , even pencils, laid out. I loved this medieval greyware pot (above) in the 'Materials and Masters' Gallery with it's thumbprints round the base and I've got these green pots in mind for my next visit!
'The Drawing Room' had a new exhibition of artists books titled ' Prescriptions' with interesting, thought provoking and moving (sometimes disturbing ) interpretations on the themes of well- being and medicine. I recognized a few names from 'sketchbook project challenges'
The exhibition is on until August ( the 'magic Lantern' exhibition was also intriguing)
Friday 22 April 2016
A week ago(!) I was in Llandudno for the Quilters Guild of the British Isles AGM and conference. A lovely venue and the Cwilt Cymru Connections quilts were beautifully displayed - I couldn't resist taking pictures of mine with the sea behind ! This was the final showing for these - they've recently been on tour with the Grosvenor Quilt shows. By coincidence, 7 other quilts of mine for 'International Threads' were also on show - at Quilt Expo in Beaujolais.
It was a very good conference, with interesting talks and workshops on offer and most importantly lots of catching up with friends.
Sue and I were sharing a 'Premier Sea view' room ' at the St George's Hotel ( it was on a corner with view both ways) . There was a very posh dinner on in one of the function rooms the first night and we were entertained while having dinner in the terrace restaurant watching the people arrive on the red carpet.
A coach trip to Trefriw woollen mills was even more interesting than expected. Besides the fascinating tour of the processes involved, there was so much inspiration in the form of machinery and peeling corrugated iron. I took so many photos!!
I also made a collection of sticks and stones brought home in a basket from the African Fabric Shop.
Magie was kind enough to mention my 'Tunisian Door' quilt in her moving talk and of course I had to buy some more fabrics ( indigo from Guinea - the piece that's featured here)
Sunday 10 April 2016
Ruth Issett about her latest work , the way she's interpreting the landscape round her home in layered dyed organdies ,was so inspiring. Afterwards , Sue, Robbie, Chrissie and I headed off in search of the Newport Street Gallery ( noticing interesting scaffolding and llamas at the City Farm along the way!) . Amazing space to display paintings by John Hoyland - while there were a few interesting pieces , I tend to agree with the reviews that other artists have done it better. It did however act as a reminder to look again at the work of Callum Innes whose paintings I so enjoyed in Edinburgh
Friday 1 April 2016
stitching on trains , so when I travelled up yesterday to Nuneaton and Rugby to visit their museums, I took one I'd put together inspired by landscapes of Rydal Hall.
Maggi Birchenough, how important quilting was to her right to the end, it seems to me we should not let opportunities pass by to do what we love. I stewarded the SAQA stand with her at FoQ last year and we had some long conversations when it was quiet . Even though she knew then the diagnosis wasn't good, she was still generous with her time and enthusiasm.
It was also the anniversary of my Dad's death in 1995 and I was remembering the train journey then - an evening phone call from the hospital in Warrington, catching the last train from Euston, sitting all night in a chair the nurses found for me, being with him as he gently slipped away.