I gave a talk to Halifax Embroiderers’ Guild last Friday. (It is still a bit of a novelty to think complete strangers actually want to sit and listen to me talk about my work for the best part of an hour!) I took along my Spurn sketchbooks and some samples as well as the 10 metre long Spurn Cloth #2. After I spoke we had some fascinating conversations and I met some lovely ladies. We also spread the long cloth out across the floor for everyone to have good look at the detail.
It’s always interesting to see how someone else decides to place your work; work that you’re so used to arranging a particular way so that it wouldn’t occur to you to do it differently.
I went to the Private View of Unit Twelve‘s Contemporary Craft Open at the weekend. It was a lovely event with two rooms full of beautiful work and I felt very privileged to have my work included. I was intrigued to see how my concertina books would be placed by the curator, having not been to the gallery before and having posted them off a couple of weeks prior to the exhibition opening. When you’re used to arranging your own work it can be a surprise to see how others choose to do it but it can also be useful and make yo see things differently.
I went to Spurn last week to collect the rest of my work from the lighthouse. I also had various meetings to fit in that day but I felt it was important to allow myself a little time on the beach. The light was absolutely glorious.
I felt that I was going back to say goodbye, but actually I was saying ‘thank you’ and ‘see you again soon’. I now understand how Spurn is firmly under my skin.
There were various interesting items haning about on the beach. I’d seen this lump of metal on previous occassions and wondered about trying to collect it to use for printing. I tried picking it up… surely it was too heavy… could I bring the car closer? Not really… in the end I decided to carry it (struggle with it) the few hundred metres along the beach to my car. It now sits in my front garden waiting to be played with…
Textures of Spurn is now hung in the Meeting Room Gallery at South Square ready for the preview tonight and including the three new Spurn Cloths that were in my last posting.
The preview is tonight from 7 – 9pm (do come if you’re local) and then the exhibition is on until 28th October. Opening hours are 12 – 3pm Tuesday – Sunday. There are three gallery spaces at South Square as well as artists’ studios and the most amazing veggie cafe.
My head is full of lists and logistics for the coming week. There is just a week to go now before my residency exhibition in the lighthouse at Spurn. Most of the work is finished: I’ve spent the week stitching into Spurn Cloth #1; prints are back from the framers; cards and postcards are made; the book is with the printer; my interpretation film is complete and equipment arrived…
There is still a whole list of things to do but I can’t wait now to get over there on Monday and spend time putting my work in the space it was made for and about.