Saturday, August 24

Art Trail Approaching

Accessible Artists in All Corners of the Borders and Beyond!

In workshops, homes and village halls throughout the West (Friday 31 to Sunday 2 Sept) and the East (Friday 6 to Sunday 8 Sept). You can meet Crossing Borders artists and makers, see their work and learn about their practices, have a blether, try your hand in some workshops and indulge in a little quality retail activity if you choose.
Many makers work in comparative isolation and it's REALLY NICE to get to talk with interested people, so do venture out and see what's going on across the region. 
You can download your guide here or pick up a printed copy in lots of locations.

At the Roberts' venues - W11 and W12 - you can enjoy coffee and cake while blethering, and in Tart HQ I will invite you to add some paper leaves to my Tree of Life. It's looking a little wintery at the moment with bare branches and I would love it to be smothered with leaves by Sunday night!

I received a lovely present last weekend - a vintage Huntley and Palmers box full of salvaged buttons and buckles. There are some very dated shapes and styles which makes them all the more fascinating, of course!
 The box lid is a work of art in itself.
 Do drop in next weekend; we'd be delighted to see you. (And it would save us eating all the cake ourselves...)

Sunday, August 18

Rural Life!

Yesterday was our annual Southdean Show - it rained, and the wind threw alarming gusts at the marquee in the morning, necessitating further novel methods of anchoring it to the car park - but it was still a great wee show with many happy visitors. 
The bagpipes, the ferrets, the cockerels and the Pimms were all pretty popular.
The Industrial entries in the Hall were much admired, not least the impressive number of chocolate cakes, and there were ten separate entries in the 'six best eggs' category!
Caroline has put fine images up on Southdean Hall's Facebook page for all to admire.

No prizes for noticing this is another blue post. Below are most of my fabrics from a pack of kekfesto indigo blue printed Hungarian cotton that Mirjam and I bought at the Festival of Quilts. We split the 50 differently patterned squares between us (amicably!). No specific projects in mind yet, but too good to pass up. (The pale bit in the second row is just a patch of sun.)

And these? I have wanted to try sashiko stitching for a while and took the opportunity to buy the genuine article at the Festival. Soft thread, long sturdy needles and loose weave cottons. Now I just need to apply a little self discipline and make nice even stitches.

The top picture? Well, it's nearly annual ART TRAIL time and my signboard sheep has had a repaint. She is now sporting a painted blue rug over her back, and will be pointing the way to Tart HQ on 31st/1st/2nd. 
Not got yourself an Art Trail guide yet? 
Follow the link and download one, then treat yourself to a day or two or three out and about in the Borders, visiting us all!

Tuesday, August 13

Textile Stars

Some literal, some just awesome talent.
A few images from the Festival of Quilts for your delight.
 Kaffe Fassett's starry quilt in shot and stripey cottons with a lovely wiggly quilted design
 Sweet Song from an Old Fiddle by Lea McComas
 Lovely denim quilt by Mandy Pattulo
 This one is by Terry Donaldson, inspired by Cornish seaside holidays
And this one I am afraid I forgot to spot the maker's details but it was lovely

There were many and varied stalls at the NEC too, of course. 
I may disclose some of my purchases in another post....

Wednesday, August 7

Venturing south

tomorrow and to the Festival of Quilts on Friday! A first for me, and I am hugely looking forward to it. So much textile creativity in one location - a multitude of gallery exhibitions from international artists and groups, masses of quilts in all shapes and sizes, and rather too many suppliers for my purse to cope with. 

I am lucky to be travelling there with a fine textile artist friend, and we will be staying with a couple with great taste (heavens, they rented our cottage when it was a holiday let - of course they are lovely!)

Two Indian exhibitions I really want to see there are:

Banjara - historic textiles, and in particular rare items showing patchwork techniques combined with embroidery from Gujarat and Rajasthan.


and Godharis (quilts) from Maharashtra, made by individuals in their homes. It's not an official industry, and nor is it organized by any NGO. Each piece comes from a different location in the state, often from remote villages and settlements. Each godhari is layered with old clothes and weighs up to 6kgs. 

Then, of course, there are masses of contemporary pieces to see, from all over the world. Like Karin Oestergaard from Denmark, who uses plants, birds and cows in her quilts....

I do hope I can take photographs....

Thursday, August 1

Coming to see us?

Friday and Saturday I will be at Boundary Bank in Jedburgh, home territory for the WARPED group. We'll have great supplies to tempt embroiderers and felters, paper makers and quilters and curious passers by! As well as creative essentials, there will be examples on show of the kind of goodies you can make on the workshops we have planned for later in the year. 

Open 10 till 4 both days, and signposted off Oxnam Rd (the road off the A68 by the swimming pool).
Read more on the website and book up that workshop!

And on Sunday it's Harestanes Fair time for me. Lots of stalls, as well as the permanent workshops to visit, stuff for kids to do, cafe, walks, lovely setting and all in the central Borders. Open 11 to 4.