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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

rust and felt...and synchronicity

a summery day just a few weeks ago and I am heading down to Florence Mine Arts Centre near Egremont on the northwest coast of Cumbria...an exhibition tempts me, lures me...I enjoy the freedom of driving down, picnic by the roadside and views both inland to the mountains and out to sea...


 I love the close juxtaposition of land and sea...

 
and there's always a little rust if you just look for it...even if it's barbed wire there's a sort of beauty...


after my lunch I head to the mine for my fill of textile heaven,  only to be told the exhibition had finished early due to unforseen circumstances...

nothing lost I chat to the stewards and have a wonderful conversation about art, knitting, felting, textiles and all manner of interesting things...and lo and behold I realise I am talking to Angela Strange, Feltmaker...and we connect artist to artist and she invites me to take part in a forthcoming exhibition next year....how does is get any better than that! Out of a potential disappointment the situation bring me a creative opportunity...

it's always good to talk with fellow artists and makers as I learn so much and we can exchange ideas and thoughts on what it's like to be a creative soul making a way through the world...and this was a conversation with bells on!


and I got to see the new and inspiring garden of peace the side of the building, full of flowers and willow work (mm of course Mr Phil Bradley Basket Maker has been here!)


and Florence Mine itself, an ex iron ore mine, is just pure rust heaven...




and what about the felt...well it turns out Angela and Jenni Payne, both artists based at the centre, have their own exhibition in Whitehaven at The Beacon in Whitehaven...so I plan another trip out! Jenni is also involved in Florence Paintmakers, who use the iron ore and other pigments to create beautiful handmade paints:

Therefore part 2 is all about felt...and the sheep that provide the wool...Jenni creates delightful drawings using the pigments to capture the quiet beauty and dignity of the local sheep...


 natural fleeces...

and Angela's feltwork is full of harmonious colours and textures...








so abundance, inspiration and enrichment all round, and some opportunities and synchronicities...I love it!

have a creative week...


Emmaxx












Saturday, 2 July 2016

Woolfest goodies...

oh my, all best laid intentions come to naught as I wander for the 7th time around all the stalls of woolly deliciousness...surrounded by tribes of fabulous women getting their fibre fix!


best of intentions that is of not really needing to buy anything but of course I came home with a few little treasures and a head full of yarny goodness...and colour and texture and design and all manner of arty and craftyness

too many lovely textile delights to mention...and it's best experienced first hand but I'll give you a tiny flavour here...

beautiful Donegal tweed on the Fabric Affair stall...


scrumptious vintage linen threads from Linladan







beautiful creations from Wendy Ann Stanger, incorporating flowers, fleece and stitch, so original...



hands on demos whet your appetite to get creative...


I picked up a gorgeous small wooden chest of drawers from Eliza Conway...every year I add to my 'Eliza' collection, fabrics and vintage treasures...

here's my inspiring postcard from Hume Sweet Hume who make delicious knitted clothes and accessories on Orkney, linen thread and yarn from Namolio and Linladan, scrummy dyed blankets from Eliza...



back home with tired feet and a glow of happy inspiration, huge thanks to the magnificant WoolClip Women who organise and run this wonderful event!


in the garden, veg patch and hedgerows, rain and sun and the surging energy of summer have created abundance and beauty...


in my studio the 100 day project has continued to inspire me, mark making has led to some stitching which is of course my delight and joy...



maybe this will inspire you to visit Woolfest next year, or a yarn, felt, fleece, textile feast near you!

enjoy a creative weekend...

Emmaxx