Dorothy and I spent the day in London yesterday. We went to two exhibitions in te British Museum. One was about recent underwater excavations near Alexandria, beautiful sculptures, even a large wooden one. Wooden things do not usually survive but this has got submerged in mud and so has been preserved. And several basalt sculptures including a lovely lifesize hippo! We also yhad a look at the BM's show of French drawings. Lots of Watteau (lovely) and 19th century (not so interesting)
On our way back to the Underground station we passed Cornelissen and I took Dorothy in. She was as bowled over as I was first time (and later times too). Though the paints are very expensive.
Then it was off to see the David Hockney show at the Royal Academy. The lift was out of operation for maintenance and there was no way Dorothy could manage the four flights of stairs so I went up be myself. About 40 portraits with the sitters in the same chair and solid colour backgrounds (different for each sitter). The faces were well done and detailed but the clothes were just blocks of solid colour. I was disappointed.
Then home by train. I should have said the temperature was 32 and the underground was unspeakable. Outside in the sunshine was not too good either.
Today we have been occupied with workmen. An electrician came to rewire the lighting in my bedroom. Some weeks ago it went off with a very loud bang. All is now well. And later a gardener came to see if he wanted to work for us. I hope so as he seemed quite knowledgable.
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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.