Monday, 31 October 2011

Wild days on Wildwood on the Grand Union and Stratford Canals

Fabulous few days on our lovely Wildwood starting off on the Grand Union canal at Copt Heath Wharf then turning onto the Stratford Canal and cruising as far up as Wilnecote and back.
A Foggy Morning at Lowsonford

Where's Jon?
Wonderful Wildwood
Spider Yarn Bombing
Five Geese a Waddling
Rachel in the Mist

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Fabulous exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch

At last got to visit Linda and Laura Kemshall's exhibition of their work at the Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch.  Their work is absolutely stunning.  The amount of work and stitching that has gone into them. I could never aspire to my work ever being as good as theirs.  I realise I am just a humble beginner when it comes to quilting.  I subscribe to their on line video workshops called DesignMattersTV.  Well worth it if you are interested in art and textiles.  £28 per 3 months and you get 20 fabulous workshops.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Grayson Perry and Gerhard Richter all in one day

On Tuesday Solihull College trip to london.  Desperate to see Grayson Perry's new exhibition at the British Museum - The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman.  It didn't disappoint.  Perry's amazing pots and tapestries are juxtaposed with relics and artefacts from the British Museum.  He has obviously chosen them carefully to compliment his own work and indeed some of the ancient pieces look like Perry's own work, they are so avant garde.

Also went to Tate Modern to the Gerhard Richter retrospective Panorama. Have always loved his work especially his overpainted photographs.  His photoreal paintings are quite uncanny but I particularly love this one called Betty.

Monday, 10 October 2011

A fabulous day at the Knitting and Stitch Show, Ally Pally

This was my first trip to the Knitting and Stitch show and also my first visit to Alexandra Palace in London.  What a fabulous place it is - a grand building with a glass roof.  I was here on a coach trip with Solihull Embroiderers' Guild.  A pity we did not get longer as by the time we had got there, parked and entered the show it was almost 12.00 and we had to be back at the coach by 4 pm.  I felt quite overwhelmed as I normally do at these events, by the sheer volume of stalls, exhibitions and art work to see.  I try to keep to a strategy of just wending in and out, up and down the stalls so I don't miss any but its still a lot to take in and when I finally had to leave to meet the coach I realised I had only scratched the surface and still had the main hall to see.  To do this show justice you really need to get here early and spend the whole day here or stay overnight and spread it over 2 days.  Maybe do that next year.  The same show also travels to Dublin and Harrogate later in November. 

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Janice Gunner Workshop on Free Form Piecing

Had a great time at quilter Janice Gunner's Workshop yesterday with the Embroiderers' Guild.  We were learning how to do free form piecing which is a method of quilting without using templates.  No boring log-cabins - you can be as expressing and experimental as you like which suits me fine as I prefer contemporary quilting.  I'm not a great fan of the rigid, traditional and purist attitude to quilting where everything has to be just so.   Anyway a great day was had by all and even though it was a lovely sunny day outside I think we were in the best place as the hall was so wonderfully cool and airy.