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Last Days of ‘Cut and Paste – 400 years of Collage’

Posted by on Oct 24, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This amazing exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland is closing this weekend – get there while you can. It reviews 400 years of this versatile and inclusive art form. The chosen technique of both the 18th century gentlewoman and the twentieth century political radical.

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‘Are Cheap Clothes Ruining the Planet?’

Posted by on Oct 22, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dana Thomas ‘ Fashionopolis – the Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes.’ Do listen to this brilliant book review on the New York Times podcast. I am an addict of the New York Times book review podcasts as they are long enough to really give you a feel for the book and the author. The interviewers are non-intrusive and yet get their interviewees to reveal extra information about their subject. I often listen to them again. The amount of textiles going to landfill (as we have discussed before) is astounding and...

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Dragon vase – Korean – 17th century -immediate impact

Posted by on Apr 7, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  This amazing vase is on show at the Asian Art Museum – it looks as it was made yesterday – it actually dates from the 17th century. It was made in Korea during the Joseon dynasty, which lasted five centuries.  The dragon has a great sense of movement and life and winds it way around the whole, beautifully curved pot. The shape of the pot and sinuous curves of the dragon – the dragon has a beautiful face and looks benign and wise.  Apparently in Korea the dragon is not a creature to be feared –...

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Hand-printing for a quilt: textiles and prints

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Discussion | 0 comments

Patchwork and Quilting with Tracey Fernandes I was using a variety of materials printed at West Dean and with Tracey – they were experimental prints. I did not print them with the other materials in mind. When I first put them together I thought that showed – so different from a conventional quilt and I was rather concerned – after all this is something to be used at home.  I am warming to them now – the different rows  can work together with calico in between.   

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How to avoid the Uffizi queues

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Discussion, News | 0 comments

In spite of reading all about The Uffizi queues and considering booking online before I left the UK – I decided that it would be better to wait until we arrived before doing so. After all we were here for a longer break – and I thought I would have space to book ahead. 

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Textiles and prints inspired by Florence

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Discussion | 0 comments

Happy New Year from beautiful,  renewing Florence We have visited Florence for the New Year. It took one or two days to get adjusted and to really begin to feel at home. Walking in the narrow space between the high buildings feels enclosed and even though it is cold and clear and between Christmas and New Year it is still crowded. So crowded that we could not book for The Uffizi on-line at all until after we had left. We will have to get up early to go and risk the queue. The crowds are good-natured and there is room to breathe; most are...

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