I made two submissions for the Cotswolds Inspired Art Exhibition and both have been selected for the show to be held at The Corinium Museum in Cirencester this month.
The Exhibition is to celebrate the culmination of the 50th Anniversary year of the Cotswolds being designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The open call to artists and craftsmen, was to create pieces in any media, inspired by any aspect of the Cotswolds AONB.
My designs made with the wool from British rare breed sheep, were developed and hand-woven on a wooden treadle loom in my studio. The wool was the catalyst for these designs; a friend gave me a large quantity of wool yarn she had laboriously hand-spun and dyed in an assortment of green tones with an interestingly uneven texture.
I decided on using the cloth for cushions; perhaps not for a posh sofa but more for a rustic kitchen and taken out into the garden on a beautiful day.
My last post was a video and this is the actual interview.
I was interviewed by BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Joanna Durrant at the Cotswolds AONB Hedgelaying Championships and Rural Skills showcase held at Daylesford Farm, Kingham near Stow-on-the-Wold on 12th November 2016.
I will be weaving, in a field this time! at the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Hedgelaying Championship and Rural Skills Showcase next weekend, the 12th November, 9.30 to 2.30 at Daylesford Farm, Kingham, GL56 0YG. Other Rural Skills are being demonstrated, such as blacksmithing and green woodworking plus there will be food and drink stalls.
Also until 6th Nov, Cotswolds Rural Skills are giving a special 10% discount on the two ‘Introduction to Weaving’ workshops I am teaching in November and December. Group numbers are kept small so book your place asap! More info on www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk
Two workshop days on the 1st and 15th October 2016, to introduce weaving to those wanting to try it for the first time and those new to this technique for creative, experimental weave designing on a rigid heddle and back-strap.
These are the first weaving courses to be run by me at The Bothy; a newly created flexible event space next door to Vanessa Arbuthnott’s shop in Cirencester.
Introduction to Weaving, day workshop at The Bothy on 1st October 2016
A new venture … in October I will be running my own weaving courses at ‘The Bothy‘, which is a fab “creative space” next door to Vanessa Arbuthnott’s shop in Cirencester. Please spread the word, it would be lovely for this to be a success so classes could run on a regular basis.