I have been a little absent from my blog recently (have you noticed??) - lots going on, house moves, more study, some making still happenning and I am using facebook more and more to update.
However I do need to get back to my blog - I have missed it.
I am spending less time in the studio these days, and remembered that my blog is a great way to connect to people if I can't get to the studio. I am planning to share a bit more - perhaps I have been holding back.
So some time ago I made a book called A Lost Conversation which I entered into the Bank Street Arts International Artists Book Prize. I decided to give the book to be part of their permanent collection and as a result a book shop in Sheffield have selected it to go in their window in the run up to this years event. A very lovely suprise to be chosen. The book shop is called the Last Chapter and they have very kindly put a little it of blurb on their website here about the book.
So I will be popping along to see it at ... . There are 4 books in total that have been chosen including mine, which will be in the shop for the next month and each will get a turn in the window. .... so if you happen to be in Sheffield - bob along for a look. If you can't make it - here is a very lovely photo they sent me....
I was very excited to go see the Memory and Cloth exhibit at Salts Mill in Saltaire yesterday. Curated by Lesley Miller featuring artists from the UK and abroad. Some very beautiful work. In particular work by Caroline Bartlett was beautifully stitched and lovely to see some of Caren Garfens work. I won't add photos as I don't want to spoil it for you - but its worth a trip to see. Lovely to meet up with some old friends too. I'll be going back to take a bit more time over it all.
It's always nice to be asked back to the Virtual Studio at the Festival of Quilts by Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan of Committed to Cloth. I spent a lovely morning with a print table and some cloth I had been developing as part of a new collection of work. As always met some friendly people who are genuinely interested in the process of making and also great to catch up with some fellow textile people, such as Alice Fox, Gillian Travis and also to meet some new people such as Claudia Helmer and Susie Koren . Find out more about Committed to Cloth here and if you missed the Festival of Quilts - be sure to put it in your diary for next year - find out more about it here
An interesting article on the Pattern Observer website here, discussing the increasing need to gain more followers and fans on the internet in order to develop customers and your business. And whilst yes, traffic to web pages is important - the crux of the piece is really about investing time in making the best work you can - only then will people want to buy what you have made. So get off your computer and do some drawing instead of bemoaning the fact that you are only 2 away from having 200 followers on facebook!
Ok, so far I haven't managed to get to go on an actual holiday whilst off work this summer, but I did finally find time to visit The Hepworth in Wakefield and I think it kind of made up for the lack of a beach and the sea (I may be kidding myself)...
A beautiful exhibition of William Scott's work and of course Barbara Hepworth's sculptures and process of working was amazing. Spent a good morning making notes and sketches - lost in thought and time allowed for developing new ideas was just what I needed.