Thursday, 16 September 2010

Ledbury Arts

Yesterday I spent the afternoon in Ledbury. This week is Herefordshire Studio Week when lots of artists open their studios. So I went round Ledbury, starting with the local Embroiderer's Guild  exhibition at the Weaver's Gallery. The trouble I have seen too much mixed media and so find straight embroidery rather conservative. There were some nice works where someone had used black machine stitching as a drawing medium. Then to Herefordshire Crafts Guild. Some nice Shaker boxes at too high a price for me. The Linen shop in Tinsmiths Alley which had a show of  garden pots and then to Angie Hughes - who is in a different league. Think purple velvet with black organza and gold and silver applied and you are part way down her road. Gorgeous and I bought a few small items - including some of her buttons which I intend to use as closures on Coptic books.

Then to see some pastels - of Ledbury. There was a nice one of a railway signal box at twilight. Not the most obvious of subjects but, like a good artist, she showed there is beauty in unexpected places.

Today was spent turning out more files in the cellars and throwing out garden chemicals from the garage. I shall have to take the bottles round to the tip and smile sweetly at the staff, while asking what they want me to do with the bottles.

No textile work for the last two days unless you count working out the yarn requirements for a scarf for my weaving student. I don't see much else being done until Sunday evening.

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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.