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Where are Olly and Georgina?!
Where are Olly and Georgina?!

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So,  Sarah this is what I got up to…..

I have had an amazing time at the K & S in Harrogate. So many people came to the Graduate Show Case. I loved our eclectic group and will genuinely miss  my fellow exhibitors –  Olly Mason, Georgina Bellamy, Caroline Bell, Harriet Stiles,  Chris Woodcock, Hanny Newton and Maria Boyle. I think we were a pretty great group.  It would have been great to keep going if I only wasn’t so pooped and really  rather worried if we had an extra day that Maria was going to turn into a reindeer.

Reindeer migration in northern Yorkshire...
Reindeer migration in northern Yorkshire…
The great hall...
The great hall…

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I spent rather a lot of time talking to the ladies from Hue who were exhibiting in the next stand.  I ❤️ Hue! So glad we were where we were!

imageLots of lovely people were interested in my work and stopped to chat and listen to me! I am glad I made lots of themsmile. My pink ladies really tickled some people.

imageFortunately they kept me so busy I didn’t really have any time to leave my stand and buy stuff with money I do not have. So that was a rather large positive.  I did however manage sneak off to buy some lovely threads from Oliver Twists and some gorgeous silk from The Shuttle, as well as some rather nice dyed hessian from another stand which I’d never seen before.  The woman who sold it did a rather great rendition of Mama Mia. Lusting after Ernest Wright and Son  scissors ..sadly no left-handed pairs at show so they will have to wait.  Please support this amazing company which is the last hand-made family run scissor company in the UK.  I’ll take orders if I ever manage to make it to another show!  Ernestwright.co.uk

Left handed..free postage...hmmm?
Left handed..free postage…hmmm?

Great that people supported me by buying my work.  To the lady who wanted my ladies. You know who you are ….please get in touch if you still want them. You asked first! And to the lovely lady who bought my Le Bon Maman .. I am so sorry if I appeared rude,  I was just rather shocked! Enjoy.

imageFlagging on the last day and I went to visit the Lower Hall.  Totally lifted my spirits and recharged me till the close of play Sunday. What a fantastic atmosphere. Great to see lots of women doing! Had a great chat with woman who runs fashion courses at Harrogate College and Audrey Hollingworth – stunning work.  Else where on the TG stands it was great to have another chance to see more of the bits I missed at the other shows. The graduates managed a bit of added value too – everyone deserves a triptych and a chocolate bunny.

I could not get over the kindness of people.  Want to say thank you to all the lovely, gorgeous,  generous people who enabled me to get to, from and stay in Harrogate …you know who you are. I could not have done this without you.

Not my luggage!
Not my luggage!

image…and the best thing I learnt from a fellow artist….? To save my children from choking I must bite off the corners of all their chocolate bars….classic!x

 

Next?

Back at uni tomorrow…got an essay to write, some beautiful fabrics arrived from Japan while I was away so need to experiment with.  image image imageI have loads and loads of ideas for new work.  Looking forward to exhibiting at the society of designer craftsman – 25th Designer Crafts at the Mall in London which opens on the 8th January 2015

ps I am a Geordie.

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Round three….ding ding..

just a quickie before I head off to Harrogate tomorrow for my last turn with my stand at the graduate showcase for the Kntting and Stitching Show with the wonderful Alison Hulme…if I manage to find her place that is…at 5 am in the morning, she’s not convinced but I am fairly confident!  Well relatively.  Been madly  trying to get things to together. Excited and a bit sad that it’s all coming to an end.

imageimageimageimageimageimageimageHope to sell some more things in Harrogate before Xmas so that I can buy more materials to experiment some more…have a new direction to go in now which is great….watch this space…I am still looking for my scarf Caroline! I have some ideas….I’d better sell some stuff otherwise going to need extension or watch out for table top sale outside my house.

Ps I stood on the stage at the Globe in London yesterday and quoted Shakespeare…that’s definately going in an artwork some where…I bite my thumb at thee! Now there’s a slogan to put on a piece of work. Rather better than the conversation I had with my daughter yesterday about swear words….had an interesting discussion about reclaiming some female anatomy words……anyway I digress…also managed to see Richard Tuttle textile thingy at the Tate – afraid it didn’t do it for me at all! Very disappointing!

pps managed to actually make it into new shop which has opened in Petersfield called ‘sew creative’ lots of workshops on offer and lots of materials and threads to buy…always good. I will take you in when you come up Sarah ……we’ve also got to go to ‘the garage’ which is amazing!!!

ppps watchout for talk in Hampshire with Rozanne Hawksley coming up in June 2015 organised by new textile group ‘room6’ more of which later.  Right work to get to then bags to pack..help I need a suit carrier…has the Mad Canadian got one?