As we start 2019, let’s take a quick look back at 2018.
it was another busy year with art classes, music and literary events. I got involved doing textiles, inspired by a lovely lady who creates the most delicious wall hangings, decorations and clothing.
In April I arranged an exhibition for textile artists at our local library. The work submitted was outstanding and varied from lacework to knitted and sewn items to beautiful pictures in silk and hand-dyed threads. I did a short course with a local workshop that covered dying, printing and collage and had great fun designing a variety of hand-dyed and printed items and pictures.
Later in the year I was treated to a hands-on demo evening with the Worcestershire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers. I bought a spinning wheel a couple of years ago, so with renewed enthusiasm and the gift of some alpaca fibre from a local animal sanctuary, I set about learning to spin. Within 3 days of starting I was asked to demo at the national Trust property Hanbury Hall. Although no expert by any stretch of the imagination I decided to give it a go. I really enjoyed the experience and even encouraged a few visitors to have a go.
I have recently taken delivery of an Ashford rigid heddle loom so am now in the process of weaving some of my hand-spun yarn. Exciting times!
During the summer I took part in Arts Fest, now in it’s second year. This involved a joint exhibition with local artists, painting in public in the town square and supporting musical events.
In September me and a friend hired a stand at the Droitwich Salt Fest to showcase the work done by our young students who are currently working towards an ‘Arts Award’. On day 2 of the event, me and group of invited fellow artists sat under the canvas and painted, demonstrated, talked and generally had a lot of fun interacting with the townspeople. We also facilitated the musical extravaganza in the Grand Marquee for the entire event, which amounted to something like 20 hours of non-stop live music with over 300 musicians, singers and bands with everything from community choirs to folk, rock and brass.