Wednesday, June 26

Lots to think about

the inside of my head
how I'd like it to be

Today I spent a very informative time at Heriot Watt University's School of Textiles and Design learning about the fantastic facilities and technical support I could access through subscription to Resource, a new opportunity funded by Creative Scotland. It's open to all artists, designers and makers and you can learn more here. It's a great chance to access equipment and expertise for anyone based in the Borders and beyond.
Hmmmm, need to do some serious thinking...

Collage destined for Paxton next week

Thursday, June 20

My days just evaporate

...must be the sunny weather, I reckon. 

When I am out with the dogs and walking through dappled shade I realise that yet again I have failed to bring a camera with me to capture the patterns of the leaves. Having said that, those of you who know our enthusiastic dogs (ill-disciplined? lively? nuisance?) will appreciate that I would need another pair of hands to keep them in check and take photographs. 

Anyway, despite the attractions of the great outdoors, stitching continues as the deadline for our exhibition at Paxton House rushes ever closer. Hugh and I are showing work in the Hayloft Gallery at Paxton from 2nd to 21st July. The House has lovely grounds to walk in and a pleasant cafe so is well worth a visit even if you don't want to tour the house itself, and you can certainly visit the cafe and gallery for free.

 not everything in the exhibition will be blue...

Sunday, June 9


  .... is a sunny day and the freedom to roam in the garden. That probably goes for all of us but none more so than Henry and his girls. He struts about, announcing his presence loud and clear, while they quarter the ground in search of tasty morsels then recline in the recesses of the unpruned blackcurrant bushes. 

Our garden is sorely neglected in comparison with my mother's days but there's an appeal to the ever multiplying poppies and lady's mantle. Just a shame that the march of bishop weed and creeping buttercup et al is quite so quick.  

Work is continuing in indigo and other shades, is preparation for my exhibition with Hugh at Paxton House in July. But June is packed with events too - there the Artist's Book Fair in Gateshead on Friday, World Textile Day on 21st, Woolfest the following weekend...can I justify going to them all?