Tactile surprises on Location
Looking for Art everywhere…..that’s the key.
Recently I went to Brantwood, a house in the Lake District. To be honest, I didn’t think it would be Textiles I found there; imagining a rather upper crust house with looming paintings. However look at this Quilty Pleasure:
It could have been made yesterday….look closer at the dates on the label, it is not as old as you think!
Okay so we are not all going to go down the whole Quilting route, but it just shows that there are tactile surprises and Art everywhere, we just need to be aware. So all you National Trust and such like avoiders, go check them out, you never know what you will find!
At the same venue, I came across some random pieces I just had to share…okay not actually Textile related as such, but they were so inspirational!….
Oh and you see the fluffy stuff around the lips? That’s raw sheep wool…..why? Go visit the house and find out.
I taught a ‘Stitched Portrait’ class recently to a Textiles Study Group. Every time I forget I am going to be the one who walks away with stories and learning to take on board too….
I’m now very used to seeing a whole load of “selfies” produced by students, yet take a look at this lot, everything from cherished dogs, granddaughters and Mr Darcey!
What was the lesson learned?
I imagined the students would all tootle along with either an image of themselves or in fact, just themselves! Yet this studious group produced such a variety of pieces, ways of matinulating fabric, use of random stitches both by hand and machine.
So, there you go…a few random places to get inspired. This month I am hoping to visit an exhibition or two…will feed back soon…
As a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor (how do I narrow down that description?!) I have been contracted by numerous arts organizations to provide Talks, Workshops’ and Masterclasses’ in Textiles, Print Making and Fine Art subjects. These include branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Textile Study Groups and The Women’s Institute. Every year I teach at The Knitting and Stitching shows and exhibit with the Artist in Action stand. Currently I am building up to my exhibition at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London this spring; having also written articles or had work illustrated in Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Prima (online), Cloth Paper Scissors and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art.'