Thursday, 1 April 2010

A Grand Day Out

The bookbinding class is on holiday for four weeks. When I attend that, Michael has to have a carer in to look after him and he (Michael) persuaded me that I should not discontinue this Wednesday afternoon out practise. So the question was `What to do with my first afternoon out?' There is nothing on at my usual round of local museums and galleries and I only had three hours so could not go as far as (say) Oxford. Michael suggested going shopping in Cheltenham but I was not keen on that. I decided to visit the Courtyard at Hereford where they held the Six Structured exhibition before Christmas. 

Hence the Aberystwyth Printmakers - who were astonishingly good. How on earth Aberystwyth manages to have 50 printmakers nearby I cannot imagine but they own a workshop with lots of equipment. They are going to hold an exhbiiton in Banchory and Tarland from 4th November to 9th December this year. Take note, all of you Scots.

All sorts of methods were used including 'cork print' which I assume is like linocuts but has the texture of cork showing. That's what it looked like. I was taken with the linocuts. I don't think I have seen so many together ever. The artist I liked was Ali Greeley who printed in black. Very strong pictures of making marmalade and paint brushes in pots. Ian Phillips , Stuart Evans and Christine Clinch were other linocut artists, printing in colour. Every artist had two or more pictures on show so there was a lot to see.  If you get the chance, see them. This exhibition is on at the Courtyard until 24 April.

The Courtyard is a very modern theatre in Hereford. Very light and airy with plenty of natural light. The exhibition was hung on the first and second floor foyers. And a good cafe!

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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.