The last day of #SeptTextileLove – where did September go to? So, this is for hero.
And I’m sharing with you the work of Jenni Dutton, an artist who uses many different media but for the dementia darnings used textiles.
The exhibition, which took place at ACEarts earlier in 2017, just took my breath away. If you ever get a chance to see this work, do.
They are at the same time moving, complex, confusing, uplifting and sorrowful.
When looking at the pieces, one gets lost in ideas of technique and subject, by the subtlety of the colours, the looseness of the stitch, the person making the work and the person in the picture – and of course, ideas of family and our own mortality.
Incredible work and I can honestly say it’s one of the best exhibitions I’ve ever seen.
And Jenni? Well, she’s rather lovely too 😊😊😊 as if that’s any surprise!
Thanks Jenni for your inspirational work.
Yesterday was a day in three amazing parts.
The first part involved doing needlefelt landscape experiments with residents at Wessex House Care home – just love these pieces.
Great British tones in great British Wool.
I’d like to include this as Seam Collective #SeptTextileLove prompt for today which is ‘happy accidents’ because I’m a very keen exponent of the idea of experimentation, play, accidental discovery and making mistakes – this is how we learn.
What’s the expression….”A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new” —- so true.
So let’s play, I say!!!
Then I met up with Donna Vale and we trundled off to Frome’s Black Swan Art to see the exhibitions there but first lunch and surprise meet up with David Smith – much talking and laughing.
Then onto the ‘Hinterland’ exhibition by Gladys Paulus.
It’s pretty hard to get across what an amazing exhibition this is. On a purely craft level, Gladys’ work is second to none – the pieces are truly beautifully made; as a felter, I am always amazed.
But this exhibition is so much more. It is so, so moving – the pieces have a real presence and I know I will HAVE to go back for another look, or two. The pictures don’t do it justice but I’ll share a few more.
If you have a chance – get there.
And the final part of my day was at @tmac_taunton with an Arts and Health Speed Networking event!!! Whooohooo!
There I met a whole host of people and ‘networked’, oh yes I did. We talked and learnt about a whole range of arts and health providers and the links that are being made between them.
I also talked FIFTY BEES to a few people too!
One of 9 cards that I sell on my websites and at markets.
They can be bought singly, in packs of three or with a kit – gosh, such choice.
I have a British Wildlife set which includes this sleeping hare, boxing hares and a hedgehog.
Then a there’s the dog set and the reindeer set.
I’m showing them off today to link in with the ‘just a card’ campaign.
Excited artist back in the studio for the first time in weeks.
And not only am excited about being creative again but also by new toy – Bluetooth headphones!!! This means I can move around easier with loud tunes on – not that I move around a huge amount when I’m making making but when I do move and the wire getting pulled out, cor you should hear me swear. So, these are an investment to curtail my habit of swearing – that’s my argument anyhooooo. Today’s favourite tunes are by Ghostpoet – brilliant.
Anyway, today I’m working on pieces for Salisbury Contemporary Craft which is on 8-9th September.
Hope to share one tomorrow xx
Second bee companion for sharing, this is by Cat Frampton and has to be seen to believed – the cirl buntings are so, so small but perfectly realised, and the Braille, well, it’s a challenge – can you rise to the challenge?
It is companioned with Nomada sexfasciata.
This is what Cat says about her piece:
‘The birds and the bees
My bee is a rare bee. A rare bee with a solitary, thieving life. It depends on another bee to steal from, that bee is also rare. These bees share a crook of land with a bird, a rare bird.
In 1989 the Cirl Bunting lived (in Britain) only at Prawle Point, Devon, 118 pairs, clinging on.
Then conservationists and local farmers stepped in and saved the birds (over 1000 nests now, all along the coast). Did saving the birds save the bees?
Farmers, rare birds and bees combine, for the good of them all.
Can you tell what the Braille says?’