Monday, 13 October 2008


Tottered off to Sutton Hoo on Saturday, not to visit the Anglo-Saxon ship burial, not even the slightly effeminate golden mask [not that they are there any more, whisked off to British Museum years ago, only copies left behind] but to see yet another textile show. patchwork ladies gave us their all, and quite impressive it was. Dispiriting really for poor wanna-bes like moi.

This for instance is pretty good. And this is clever.

Personally I like using fabric and thread as if it is paint, so i admire the foxgloves more.

These standing stones from the Outer? Hebrides reflected the clear light so effectively I wanted to get on the night train there and then, and I will one day.

Going to too many of these shows will make me hang up my needle for good soon, in an enormous sulk. No positive or encouraging murmurs please. lets just admit the ladies are good

These bathing beauties are probably more my style but i think i would have made them bigger and bolder.

The Salix uses "breakdown" screen printing which I have yet to define. The colours certainly are joyous.
Have just googled and it seems to be a mixture of dyes paints and discharging. Obviously I need the book. Also found an arty blog describing it to add to my favourites. Connections, connections, life is all about making connections.

This one of my favourites too, as I like the layering and merging of form - and stuff

These daisies are stylish, pretty without being cloying. Reminds me of that line in PG Woodhouse when one of Bertie's fiancee's describes stars - as god's daisy chain the sky.................

Allison, made the thin blue line. It is a bit like her - precise yet complex. The title was a theme for the Birmingham quilt show which she entered. Most of it is computer printing, intriguing how the very old tradition of quilting now twins with computer based art.

At the Knit and Stitch there was an exhibit of crochet which explains the hyperbolic maths theory. And then there was that novel about a patchworker who had worked out another geometric theory via her stitching long before the mathematicians got round to it.


carol said...

I feel inadequate too. Words just don't seem very interesting when there is all this visual excitement to feast on. The standing stones are brilliant! Massive and ephemeral.

Heide said...

Wow! Talk about a talented group of artists. Thank you for the tour.