Sunday, 30 August 2009
Bridging Arts' Hannah Walker, a fine art graduate, studies the new panels created by the groups of women in Wandsworth and designs four brilliant motifs for new embroidery packs, which will give background to the cultural traditions that inspire them. Classes planned for York Gardens Library, Battersea, again to be taught by the Royal School of Needlework.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Writing up the stories about the exhibition pieces. Chhaya Biswas embroidered an intricate design of daffodils (that she drew on the fabric with pencil.) She had not embroidered for years but was determined to finish a design that would have daunted far more experienced embroiderers. The daffodil, she said, was her favourite flower. She had studied Wordsworth's famous poem as a girl in Bangladesh but had never seen a daffodil. "They told us that they were yellow and swayed in the wind, but I had never seen one." As a young bride in Wandsworth, at the age of 18, she saw her first daffodils on Wandsworth Common and was enchanted.
Friday, 21 August 2009
Graduation ceremony at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace. Fabulous work on display.
Visit to the Quilting Show, Birmingham, run by exhibition organisers Twisted Thread, who have very kindly offered us space at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Alexandra Palace, a landmark event in the sewing and needlework calendar. Take photos of the space and the displays. A niche, very keen, audience.
Monday, 10 August 2009
Picking up the exhibition pieces from Restart 50+. Ferdous Rahman with her piece inspired by a tile she saw on holiday in Istanbul. Amina aziz with her fabulous free-style flowers racing over the pencil border that she originally drew for herself, ignoring a second, embroidered, border and looping right to the edge of the fabric.