Bridging Arts

Friday, 25 February 2011

Texture and detail

Katrina Williams, our extremely hard-working and dedicated volunteer, has sent me some lovely photos from last December's workshops at Trillington House, Shepherds Bush (west London). Lots of close ups of embroidery that really capture the texture and detail of the pieces - you almost forget that they are embroidery as they seem to have a life of their own. (She has also sent some pictures of the group - that show how absorbed everyone became - even those who had never done any embroidery before.)
These photos are of embroidery brought in during the sessions - that people wanted to show others (it was interesting to see the wide range of things brought in). The ecclesiastical robes from Holy Innocent's Church, Hammersmith, are dazzling. But the detail on more mundane items dazzles, too.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Filming, Valentine's Day and a birthday

A riotous time today at the Harrow embroidery class. Rosa Martyn from the Royal School of Needlework comes along to teach the goldwork pack.... Tomorrow (Friday) is Bharti's birthday (Bharti helps to run the group.) And there is a long-planned Valentine's Day party. Flowers and red roses have been bought. In the event, everyone decides to stick to the sewing. There will be other times to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Thankfully Monica Alcazar has come along to film the proceedings for posterity. More on YouTube in due course....

The day starts well with Bharti handing around nuts....

She gives me a coconut as a present as she says she has missed me (the first time that I have been able to come for a while)

We're lucky to have Rosa Martyn from the Royal School of Needlework to teach. She arrives in a wonderful black jacket embellished with sequin applique

Starting on the goldwork packs

Breaking for lunch

Pasta a favourite with this group

Bharti with Ruby, the cook

Mina has brought her wedding sari for me to try on. Bharti - birthday girl - poses with me. This sari has a separate fitted skirt. Much easier to wear. Bought by Mina in Gujarat more years ago than she cares to remember. Valentine's Day party flowers ....

A group photo

The cake - with two hearts. One, Bharti says, for herself and the other for her husband. It is eggless.

Singing Happy Birthday

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Embroidery and a birthday party....

Photos from our latest embroidery workshop in Harrow. Am so sorry not to be able to make these classes myself - but Katherine Eves, who is leading them with Katrina Williams, is keeping me up to date with photos and info.
So many people brought in their embroidery - the photos speak for themselves.... And birthday celebrations, too... a great day by the look of it. I think I glimpse our long-standing and hugely supportive Wendy Benn -recently back from Japan  - in one of the shots!  Katherine reports...

"Everyone's sewing is coming on nicely ...The lady in the jumper is Kiran. I thought we made a good pair.

The lady who made the placemats is called Mosea. She painted them as pictures first and then made them into placemats. The designs are all her own.

It was Sweet's birthday. And she sang You're my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey.... which was lovely! I reminded them to bring something in next week. And the lovely lady who looks after them all said she would remind them. I hope they are going to wear their saris!"
(Am very sorry that I missed the singing!)

Birthday celebrations. Wendy Benn - far left

The fish motif, completed. Interesting how everyone adds a personal touch

Kiran and Katherine
And a close-up of Kiran's jumper