Monday, May 21, 2007

I had a lovely time in Macclesfield last week, I did a talk to Chelford and Macclesfield Embroiderers Guild, I think it was the largest group I've ever spoken to. I stayed for 2 days to teach a workshop called 'Arty Journals'. We were working in a church hall at Toft which had a great collection of hand written notices around the place. I've been meaning to make a collection of photo's of these kind of notices as I visit loads of village halls around the country and the messages vary from town to town.
Toft obviously has a lot of trouble with ants!

Anyhow.. This is a couple of pages from student Carol's arty journal, everyone did such lovely work, and the subjects were all very interesting.

On an entirely different note, I finally have my waterbutt fitted in the studio yard, you can bet your bottom there will be no more rain till October now!!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Last we Jeanette and i went to the StroudWater Textile Festival it was a really good day out, it's on till 21st May. We were slightly disappointed that there weren't more exhibitions and a some artists had pulled out, but the exhibition in the Museum in the Park was excellent (Image of Jilly Edwards work) and there was a book sale by Chrome Yellow Books which was the best selection of Art textiles books I've ever seen.
I'm off to Chelford & North Cheshire Embroiderers Guild on Wednesday to do a Talk called 'Inspiration on you Doorstep' 7.30pm at Chelford Village Hall.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Yesterday was my 46th birthday, i am slightly traumatised and in recovery today. I woke with particular aches and pains i'm sure i didn't have last week.

I am trying to learn a bit about gardening and liven my studio yard with colour, i have the most extraordinary Aliums growing and some really lovely Anenomes, which are my very favourites. As the spring is whipping on a pace i though i ought to get out an look at more gardens for my sketchbook, this work will ultimately end up in an exhibition Jeanette and i are putting together for the Autumn called 'Secret Places and Sacred Spaces'.
Anyway, i dragged a reluctant Mark (well he had to come, it was my birthday!!) to Abbey Dore Court Gardens
which was really lovely. Mark actually took more pictures than i did. This is a picture of some triffids i though were quite interesting. More photos here.
We also popped in to Dore Abbey, which is fantastic if youre interested in early monastries, wall paintings, stone carvings and all that kind of thing. While your at it call in to Kilpeck Church
We had to stop because 'David Bailey's' wanted to do a bit more photography, he took several shots of his favourite carving the Whore of Kilpeck or Sheela na Gig (i guess i had to pay for making him look at tulips all morning). It really is quite an extraordinary little Norman church a fabulous location to take a sketchbook and sit for a couple of hours.