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Fashion and Textile Museum

Did you think I'd forget to post? Well, on my very busy day out in London I also visited the Fashion and Textile Museum. I'd never heard of it, but it was recommended by Viv Denscombe so I thought it was worth a look. The exhibition was 'ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol'. It was really interesting. It showed how artists translated their art into textiles.  There were lots of well known name such as Matisse and Patrick Heron. It's a real gem and I'd recommend a visit if you get the chance. Here are a few of my photos:

Quilt and Stitch Village 2014 - Uttoxeter Race course

Well, another day out.  This time to the Quilt and Stitch Village at Uttoxeter Racecourse. I didn't have the opportunity to visit last year so I wasn't too sure what to expect as the organiser changed. It was a really good show. Lots to see and do, good facilities, great traders and interesting displays at a very reasonable entry price and free car parking (unlike the £10 charge at the Festival of Quilts). So here are some photos of the work I saw. Please accept my apologies as some of the photos are rather poor. One of the most interesting displays was the entries for the WW1 themed pieces.  They were made to a very high quality and also you could see lots of time had spent on the design.  There were a number that were very thought provoking. 

 I liked the idea of combining a traditional Dresden Plate with Kantha stitch

I really liked these pieces.
And I thought this one was an interesting use of repeat.

And I just love how well this piece has replicated a tiled roof.
There were lots …

Matisse - the Cut Outs

I treated myself to a day out in London and went to the Matisse - The Cut Outs exhibition. It was well worth the effort. I went nice and early in the day and was guaranteed I'd get in as I'd bought my ticket in advance.  This really is a must for the big exhibitions to avoid disappointment. As I'd got an early timed ticket, 10.30, it meant there weren't lots of people from earlier in the day.  This meant the rooms, with his huge pictures, were relatively empty and I was able to sit and enjoy looking at the pictures. I hadn't been to Tate Modern before so this was a double treat.  After this great exhibition I looked a a couple of the galleries.  It was amazing.  I saw the Rothko Seagram Murals, a Dali, Picasso, Miro, Kadinsky and so much more.  A really great space. The Matisse exhibition proved a real inspiration to me for The Travelling Stitch Book.  So here are my pages.

Compton Verney

So - Compton Verney. Have you ever been?  If you get the opportunity - go.  It's a really lovely day out and the exhibitions are always very interesting. At the mo they are attempting to break the world record for the longest continuous line of bunting. Do you fancy joining in? Have a look at the website for a pack with full instructions.

Busy busy busy

So.  Apologies again for being really rubbish at posting on my blog.  I have been really busy.  Most of it self induced - some of it not. So I'll start with a talk at Lutterworth Embroiderers Guild in April.   The speaker was Ingrid Karlsson-Kemp.  A really interesting talk about how her work is really story telling about her life and her cultural heritage in Sweden. She delivered a very interesting, animated talk with great illustrations of her work and the explanation of the history behind them.  She explained how she used a range of found fabrics from her family home which she said enabled her to bring that story of that fabric to her work.  In addition, she inserted subtle references to Swedish Psalms which formed an important link to her growing up. 

 It was a really interesting talk. More posts to follow.... no honestly there will be