Sugar how you get so fly*

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isn’t it amazing what can happen in a week? If I told you dear reader, what had happened to me in the last week since my return from the Knit and Stitch in Harrogate you would not believe me……  therefore I’m not going to..suffice to say stress over with and feeling  a lot more fly… meaning unlike Robin Schultz* ( now there’s a man who likes his sunglasses)  no I’m not being big headed and saying I am gorgeous but I am feeling  a lot more beautiful on the inside…  instead of horrible ugly and stressed out…

*(check it out on u tube ft Francesco Yates  ..its my guilty pleasure at the moment.   I am sure its very misogynistic but the bass line is fab….how sad am I????)

Any hoo a  blog is a bit like child birth..doesn’t come till its ready..(obviously without the excruciating pain, gas air and copious amounts of drugs..but hey its a simile).. so here it is….sorry it wasn’t sooner…just been ever So just a tad stressed over the last week… and so stress week from that awful place over and I am back,   my dreams are back –  so I have  dreamed what I am doing for the NEC in March for the ICHF and Room 6…. which I was panicking about ever so slightly..loads of ideas but nothing talking to me ( ever get that?) but I’m there now …just got a display issue but am sure it will come to me  and also yesterday the fabulous Liss in StitcheS came to my rescue with this marvellous Christmas deco…all from an  old book…hope the boy wonder doesn’t get to it and chop it up like he did with the last deco  I made.

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and so to Harrogate….Image result for harrogate knit and stitching exhibition

 

…..where do I start…another amazing week with the Embroiderer’s Guild…think the graduate show case looked even better than it did in London.  Really enjoyed my stint with ArtVanGo.  My mini sculptures had their first outing…by the Sunday they had had enough as they kepy voluntarily jumping off their box,,,they where ready for home too, me thinks! (now on sale in Stuff...see later in this blog).

Great  feed back,  lots of lovely galleries to look at and I was well looked after by the EG..loads of great volunteers from the EG came by to help out on the stand which was great and it was good to catch upon  all the things that are going on in different parts of the country. Special thanks to the  ladies who helped me pack my stuff at the end of the day  so I could get on the road home sunday eve, you were all great tho and it was lovely to meet you! Had a fab journey home with Georgina Bellamy….. following Anthea Godfrey down the A what ever its called from Harrogate through Wetherby

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..losing her by mistake north of Knebworth  then driving straight  through central London at night…fabulous…..I’ve never done that before! I did mean to tho as I was dropping Georgina, well actually I

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abandoned her to a mini cab driver in Kennington and then pushed back down the A3..to Petersfield only nearly fell asleep once… honest..home at 2am..phew…..

 

STUFF and NONSENSE

And finally home and shopping…I went in to the marvellous ‘Stuff’ in Petersfield,..where  Lyn has been selling my work for me ..she is rather good at it …. I took  also took some of my mini sculptures in ….exhibited in Harrogate for the first time. ..the shop has the most beautiful items.  If you are in the Petersfield area check her out..I have got my eye on one of her  lovely kantha quilts…they are exquisite!!!  ‘Stuff’  sells fab furniture, artwork and stuff for your home, and is at 2 London House, Chapel Street Petersfield. GU32 3DR and is  open 10 til 4.30 Monday to Saturday   or youican visit stuff on line  at  http://www.thestuffshop.co.uk/

and finally (honestly) talking of online…. more shopping….

mycathasniceboots ….please like my page..you can get to it by clicking the link on my other page of this blog or if you  click this link or type in  http://mycathasniceboots.bigcartel.com it should come up…not sure how I do the liking thing independently..??? I am trying to get better at this…but I have actually started selling..somehow!! Decided to make my website bigger so will add more stuff soon. Anyway off home now been working all day have two days to myself to get making and the creative juices are flowing again…thank goodness!

PS Hello Sarah..I need a day in the new forest!x

PPS if anyone other than Sarah makes it this far..well done  I am truly  amazed…and thank you for putting up with my drivel ……..

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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.

out of the ashes….

Right have decided to bunk off college today and try to get head together and assimilate Dublin and the way forward.

Still got bunnies in my life
Still got bunnies in my life

 

Not too skint to avoid indulgence at Empress Mills! See  Sue -  am still experimenting with new thread!
Not too skint to avoid indulgence at Empress Mills! See Sue – am still experimenting with new thread!
Does white wine and soda mean I qualify as bonfide artist?
Does white wine and soda mean I qualify as bonfide artist?

Loved the experience but it was a hard slog as I’m really worried about money. You can happily survive on surprisingly little, however a scone for lunch every day ain’t that great.(Free jam and butter!… does this mean I truely am a great artist or do I need to drink pastis?) Fortunately Caroline is great at coming up with fantastic budget hotels. Not many places I am used to staying bring you fresh milk on demand!

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I have been rubbish at taking photos. Actually I quite like to just look and soak it all in, but that’s no good for you – is it Sarah – cos an odd photo here and there would be quite good wouldn’t! Sorry.  Also when I have tried to search for some online very little of it allows you to copy. I think perhaps as everyone is worried about people knicking their ideas. So, sorry!  Will tell you /explain about it when I see you.

Fantastic to meet some great textile artists that didn’t get the opportunity to talk to in London and also  good to meet the Irish contingent. Textile art is alive and well across the water. Some inspiring work. If I had money I would have bought Amy’s collar and Rebecca’s hare –  Graduates From GMIT.

NCAD also doing amazing work as well as the the arts council, especially loved the  work produced by second year Limerick students in collaboration with Electric Sheep. I want that coat! They are auctioning it for Oxfam which is fantastic. No photos! Sorry! I also loved the women of Finglas… keeping crocheting alive and separately,  I had a very interesting conversation with a woman from Newcastle which included croched vaginas! Fantastic! Hope you are continuing to worship at the alter of Grayson!

Jean Beattie
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Thank you Jo and Jean it was great to meet you. ( I love textile artists!)  I really loved having the time to look round their exhibition space properly. Quite beautiful work.  Jean also showed me another way to use to use markel, her drawing is quite lovely. Was too scared to have a go on the big space with art van go.  Really hoping to get asked back another time so that I can have a proper go too!

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I had the best time thanks to Kevin and Viv  at art van go …..don’t think I could have kept going if it hadn’t been for them letting me use their lovely papers and jelly plates so that I could print to my hearts content. Definitely needed a good distraction –  art therapy. Am now in love with jelly plates,  locti  and  Japanese lens paper! An amazing way to spend a Sunday morning! They will never know how much were a life saver!!!

More stuff to work into
More stuff to work into

Apart from doing some amazing printing from a found objects  and work to make from that, I now have lots of food for thought from one of the fashion scouts who suggested making garments from my pieces. I really like this and am going to explore! Lynn…help!!! Note to Caroline … scorpion appears to have gone missing so it’s going to be interesting when FLybe actually find it!

I need to say thank you to all the amazing people who stopped to talk to me. Your comments were lovely and I loved the craic!

imageEspecially thank you to Arthur –  I hope LauraLyn charity does really well and I am definately exploring the burglar alarm idea for my boxes…if successful I won’t forget your royalties!

Georgina Bellamy jacket
Georgina Bellamy jacket

Right roast chicken to make for the kids and archers catch up…

Ps Georgina it’s absolutely no good telling me about expensive fashion brands I can’t afford. I do however expect a FROW  seat and free garments from your first collection

PPs I can’t leave petersfield Caroline, I just bought a Betty Jackson top for  4 quid from a charity shop!