Wednesday, 27 August 2014


I think it is Wednesday. Monday we all went to Montpellier and pottered about. I did not take any photos. Tuesday three of us drove East to Les Baux and I took loads of photos. Les Baux is a hilltop village on the edge of the Camargue with a strongly fortified castle and a spectacular view over the plains to the west.

View from the castle

The castle itself with a trebuchet to the left, used for throwing heavy stones at the besiegers.

They demonstrate these at the weekends.


The village is built from stone and is very higgledy-piggledy. Houses are clearly built into each other. Twenty years ago it was full of artists. Now it is full of tourists and tourist shops. I don't imagine anyone lives there in the winter. There were some art exhibitions.

As far as I could make out, these works were made by painting on canvas, then putting on a tight layer of thin plastic, pleating it as you go. Then painting the plastic, then applying heat to the plastic so you get holes through which you can see the canvas underneath. All the pictures were large at least five foot square.

I don't usually like double hollyhocks but I make an exception for these.


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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.