We have been making Snowdrops at the Cambo Heritage Trust stables. Large new varieties of course! Apparently there are over 350 different types at Cambo and now there are a few more!
Thank you to everyone who came to visit me and my son at Art in Action in the grounds of Waterperry House in Oxfordshire. This was my first time exhibiting and teaching at the show and I had a wonderful time. The 4 day show was hard work zipping between taking children’s weaving classes and attending my stand, but the response to my work was very good and I thank everyone who bought from me.
Here are a few images. Click on them to enlarge.
I am taking part in the Craft Scotland / Cambo Estate, ‘Meet Your Maker’ event this Sunday, (22nd March 2015), along with 5 other craft makers. See the link – http://www.craftscotland.org/about-us/our-work/meetyourmaker/Cambo-Eastate.html
Come along if you can. I’ll be demonstrating weaving on a 4 shaft table loom and you can have a go for yourself. Also includes pop-in weaving activities for children.
It should be lots of fun. Why not come along and say hello!
I was recently asked to run a weaving workshop as part of a one day conference on Texture. This was run by two PHD students in the English Department at St Andrews University.
Several academics from different universities around the UK were invited to give talks about how texture crosses boundaries and weaves people together. The conference explored the relationship between the written word (or text), poetry, film, textiles and how the digital world conveys texture. It was a fascinating day and made me consider my own design work from a completely different perspective.
There were many inspiring talks, but these are a few that stood out for me:
Dr Frank Ferguson (University of Ulster), gave a talk about the poet John Hewitt who wrote poetry about the rhyming weavers of Antrim and County Down. He described how words have texture to them, that can ‘make things better’. They have an honesty to them, weaving peoples lives together.
Dr Rachel Dickinson (Manchester Metropolitan University), talked about ‘The Eternal Harmony of Warp & Woof: Ruskin, Weaving & Social Harmony. Ruskin’s ethical aesthetics of textiles which talked of educating the mill weavers, giving them proper housing and fair wages, which in turn would result in beautiful products that gave the weaver a sense of pride, pleasure and moral lesson. Ruskin felt that people needed to be entwined to learn from each other.
Dr Lucy Donaldson (University of Bristol), gave a talk about how the film industry creates texture in sound and image.
Lucie Hazelgrove-Planel (University of St Andrews) gave a talk entitled ‘Pacific Island weaving knowledge in the digital age’. She explained how an online museum had been set up to record woven patterns used by weavers who made mats from plants. This included a description of pattern and texture and how they related to different festivals. A fascinating record of information, but most islanders did not have access to the internet.
My workshop, introduced the physical texture of textiles. I demonstrated weaving on a 4 shaft table loom and encouraged participants to have a go for themselves. I talked about how texture can be made by chose of yarn, pattern and how the cloth is finished.
It was an absorbing day and we all learnt something new from each other, just as Ruskin had said we needed to do to develop further.
So much food for thought!
I am taking part in Craft Scotland’s ‘Meet Your Maker’ event on the weekend of 7th – 8th September 2013, at St Andrews Museum in Fife.
Eight different venues across Scotland will be show casing the work of 14 different craft makers. It’s a chance to meet the makers and learn about their inspirations, design process and techniques behind their craft. I will be demonstrating weaving and visitors (both young and old) will be able to have a go for for themselves.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Craft Scotland are holding a Meet Your Maker event from 7th to 8th September 2013, to show case contemporary crafts and makers at work in 8 different locations across Scotland over the same weekend. I’ve been asked to attend the St Andrews Museum event here in Fife, which is open between 10 and 5pm each day.
Craft Scotland say
‘The event will give a ‘behind the scenes’ look at craft, so you can see what is involved in being a maker: from the design process, skill, commitment and creativity involved into the range of techniques that makers employ in their work’.
If you are in the area, do pop in, it would be great to meet you!
Check out their website: www.craftscotland.org
Heritage Crafts Association, a UK wide organization that promotes craft makers and their work, has chosen one of my school weaving activities to include in their new Teachers Resource Pack. This is a new idea to help school children between the ages of 7 – 12 years learn more about countryside crafts and have a go for themselves. There are to be 6 different case studies on different crafts and a set of instructions with photographs to show teachers how to carry out each activity in their schools.
I am very excited that they have chosen my weaving ideas. A professional photographer is coming up to take pictures in June.