I seem to have become a part time blogger! There was a time when I could turn out three or four posts a week no problem but these days it's a struggle to manage once a week, if that. Since I was last here I had a super day at the V & A... Nothing to show for it but I enjoyed learning more about egg tempera... And no, I have not managed any more painting! But I will!
I have been busy finishing off these shoes...
Spectrum, the group that I mentor, were invited to exhibit at Textiles in Focus, a three day show that takes place in Cottenham each February. As part of the exhibition we have all put in work that came from a joint project called "Thinking outside the Box". Members of the group could start with any type of box they liked but had to create a piece of textile artwork from this. I chose to work with a shoe box and made shoes for Frida Kahlo... Part of an ongoing body of work based on the Mexican artist.
I was inspired by a quote from Frida... In 1953 following the amputation of her foot, she wrote in her diary the following words...
So, I made fantasy shoes to be her "Wings to Fly". This is my display at the exhibition which opened today.
But this is not all there is to see... There is fabulous wearable art from my friend Gill.
Super quilt and panels based on gardens and ironwork from someone else you might know...Jill.
Gorgeous colours from Jenny and Margaret.
And these stunning cushions... From Jill again... she's so clever! And that is just a small taster of what's to see at the exhibition.
As well as exhibiting I have been teaching at the show too, so spent a whole day this week just putting together kits for stitched needle cases. The first class this afternoon went well and there is another to come on Sunday.
We also woke to water pouring down the light fitting into our dining room this morning... but the less said about that the better! (problem now fixed and everything is drying out before the ceiling gets repainted. The entire house smells damp!)
But on a cheerier note, as so many of you sent good wishes... I'll finish with a photo of the newly weds... James and Lizzie by the Rialto bridge. I've just realised that I've become a step-mother-in-law!
Have a good weekend!