Hello and a warm welcome to you! Thank you for visiting my blog where I love to share a little of my life and my passion for textiles, I hope you will enjoy what you see and read here...do also visit me on Facebook and say hello...or check out my workshops and come and get creative...

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Cumbria has turned yellow...

as the C-art Open Studios banner and bunting flutter in the breeze...and we are now on the last day...

and I feel to feel elated, relieved and saddened all at the same time... I live in a strangely surreal world for 3 weeks or so, with nothing but C-art is on my mind. We  are only open for 3 days each weekend Steph and I sit in together in the studio and she does some print making and I sew or...sometimes we just sit out in the sun! 

After talking all day to lots of people Steph and I can hardly string a coherent sentence together...luckily at weekends we have the back up team of my husband and daughter to make lunch and count up the money!


My work has been praised and purchased and we have exchanged creative stories with a miriad of people, it just been one long joyful party, especially as the weather has been glorious too.

I got a bit carried away at the last minute and created a C-art dress from torn up advertising cards...


 
I felt the stitching was all the journeys that will be taken and they are the lines which which join up all the artists and all the visitors and lines of the landscape too...I was pleased and exitied by how it turned out...and proud of it in Number Fifteen Gallery with some lovely C-artists work (thanks Kay!)
 

I have also this year managed to get out and about to see other people in their studios, but there are so many to choose from, it is like a banquet of delicious food...art, artists, beautiful countryside, opportunities to eat lunch out...here at my favourite place Little Salkeld Mill...


some snapshots of some of the work I loved...so much more out there tho! Mayflies by Katarina Prior, and books by Elizabeth Shorrocks,Joan Prickett's paintings, photographs and woven hangings and felt by Michael and Mirja Dawson, rusty work and art using handmade pigments at Florence Mine... lots of wonderful textures and colours to inspire...





and then back in our studio it has been a hooley of people talking and sharing...and Steph had the genius idea of doing a 'Print of the Day' where marks are made by lots of people and and the print becomes what they all make it! Random and beautiful, and inspiring...




even Basil the cat wanted a turn! or maybe just a go on the swivel chair...
 

and despite being in a wee corner with my embellisher and sewing machine on one table I have managed to do a little creative work alongside demonstrating techniques to those interested...so lovely to share!



and soon it will be back to a quiet normality and I wonder where to take up the threads again, a cup of tea and a sit will allow me time to get back in my making zone..


but first, one last glorious day of C-art Open Studios 2014...see you on the other side!

Have a fabulous Sunday!




Emma xx

Sunday, 14 September 2014

C-art Open Studios...2014

is here again, and there is a seemless link with when we were setting up last year. Time is this strange thing, elastic, endless and very short all at the same time. Vertical and horizontal.




There is a big difference this year as we are two instead of three, which felt initially like a 3 legged stool missing a leg. Well actually it still feels very much like we are missing part of ourselves after sharing three blissful years of three artists
sharing a space, and an experience.

Heavenly weekends communing with kindred spirits. Soul nourishing indeed.


But somehow we have filled the space and it is just different. We miss Ian's clear black and white lino cuts and his beautiful handmade books... but we have achieved something, between a printmaker and a textile artist alchemy in textures and colours has occurred and we have fused, created a beautiful harmony...which gives us huge pleasure and hopefully others will see and experience it too...


We will also miss your other skills Ian, keeping us grounded, doing the tally sheet and ...counting the monies! And cycling here with homemade bread each morning...



But maybe we have to grow into the space you leave and focus on all these aspects, especially the money, which for artists always seems to be a tricksy area. We almost don't want money for our art...and yet we do because it validates us as artists and as ourselves (the two are so intertwined)...and we seek to make a living from what we do.

Increasingly I see money as love, as just another aspect of this amazing life which flows to me like air and water, in accordance with my faith and self belief in my value...it allows others to show their love and appreciation for a beautiful object created by me...

I never doubt that I will have air to breathe, food to eat or water to drink...so I choose to appply that to money. And see it only as good, and as a thing which must flow, in and out as the air in my lungs.

Now I never intended this to be about money...but there we are! Money as love deserves an airing.

and here our first visitor arrives...



and I must be off for Day 2, have a wonderful weekend!

Emmaxx