The exhibition at Nature in Art is over and mostly stripped down. I have to return today sometime to collect items to be stored for other people. We had lots of visitors who were happy to talk and occasionally I would find myself listening to memories of textiles from someone's childhood. I would say that the people who came were mostly practicioners who were interested in the techniques used. I did find doing six days as Artist in Residence hard work. It was not helped by my own stupidity in deciding about looms. The first two days were spent weaving two more African trees. Then I decided to take in a loom which I was warping up for huck lace. That did not take well to being interrupted and I brought it back unfinished. I am sure it is full of errors. It is not going to get checked any time soon as I am off to Spain next Sunday to walk the Camino de Compostela and I must walk at least two hours every day from today on.
On Saturday morning I drove my usual route to Nature in Art and south of Tewkesbury at a round about came across two enormous cranes, two earth movers and a very large number of men in yellow hard hats. My attention was fixed on negotiating this lot but it did seem that they were putting something actually on the roundabout. The next morning I stopped down the road and took photos.
The auriculas are massed outside the front door and still very cheering. Now off to sort out the money taken at the exhibition.
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- I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.