The Ailist – Issue Eighteen – Tactile surprises

Ailish Henderson shares her view on the world of embroidery - it's the Ailist!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:

A wide whole view of a quilt made recently at Brantwood house in the Lake District. Square boxes designed to picture a rose
This looks pixilated as well as like a Cross Stitch design….yet its actually a quilt!
The design up close.
The design up close.
The label giving away its age and information.
The label giving away its age and information.

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!….

Not actually textiles, this hop pair of lips was found in a plant border outside Brantwood House...tactile surprises
Not actually textiles, this hop pair of lips was found in a plant border outside Brantwood House…tactile surprises!

Oh and you see the fluffy stuff around the lips?  That’s raw sheep wool…..why?  Go visit the house and find out.

Unexpected Learning

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!

Look at the texture on this mutt!
Look at the texture on this mutt!

 

Inspiration next to the work in progress, this time it is Colin Firth as Mr Darcey!
Tactile surprises:  Inspiration next to the work in progress, this time it is Colin Firth as Mr Darcey!

 

See Also

A granddaughter as inspiration.
A granddaughter as inspiration.

 

The finished Mr Darcey... I wonder where he will be displayed?
The finished Mr Darcey… I wonder where he will be displayed?

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…

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