Friday, 17 April 2015

Turin Day 2

The mediaeval bell tower of very Baroque church. Today we are in Turin. It was pouring with rain and raincoats were worn. All very uncomfortable walking around the city. First off, the royal palace. Now my appetite for overstuffed, over decorated mid-Victorian rooms is limited and I was bored. However after two hours we moved on to the Gallery Sabauda which was a distinct improvement. Rembrandt, Veronese, van Eykh and Rembrandt. Not a bad lot. We separated for lunch and I went to the Royal Library. A nice exhibition about Roman inscriptions and a computer showing off their da Vinci drawings rather well.

Sorry about the reflection.

After lunch, inspection of various churches.

Including a mediaeval bell tower attached to a very Baroque church - rather horrible in fact. But the tower is nice. By this time the sun had come out and it was quite warm.

I have been keeping an eye open for textiles. There were a lot in the palace.

Some Jacquard silk on the walls.

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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.