Julia’s Caprara’s book, Exploring Colour, is now available on-line. (Ta-Da!!). Go to http://www.d4daisy.com/ Michael did so well to get it to the show on Friday. He collected it directly from the printer and then the Ally Pally guys (that’s not what we called them on the day!) wouldn’t let him drive up to unload it, even though he had a pass. He had to carry the boxes up from the car park - what a hassle. Big thanks due to Jan Beaney’s husband Steve, who gave him a hand.
Julia is delighted with the book and it is selling like hot cakes. The colour and quality is amazing and Julia has sections called ‘Colour School’ that follow on from each section and suggest practical assignments and projects to reinforce her colour message. I’m very taken with the idea of making a ‘book of brilliant things’ and plan to start this afternoon.
General points before we talk about the show :
Catalogues should be left until soaked right through (positively mushy) and not dried before that happens.
Ignore all reports that the truth about catalogues will be revealed on 1st April. That Clive is such a tease.
I’ll get ‘on the case’ about the kozo fibres in the USA.
Garnered Stitches - great to see the catalogue photos and, no, you were not the only one. It was huge fun to hear every-ones catalogue stories and I think it prompted several onlookers to buy the book and find out more - not that they will, yet.
Hey, Leanne. I’ve been to Whistler and loved it. Our friends Bonnie & Ron from Vancouver took us when we stayed with them - didn’t ski but enjoyed the trip up in the cable car and the café at the top.
The show was great. I loved so much - Ruth Issett’s colourful display - detail of her banners here.
Jan and Jean were on great form and we had lots of giggles. Their show was an amazing body of work. They manage to be totally individual while still producing an overall display that fits perfectly. Will write more on this later.
I’ve had a blog skim and lots of people are rating the Graduate showcase this year. They are so right, it was awesome. Here is Jackie Langfeld’s work on paper warriors.
Our stand looked good, I thought. I resisted my usual urge to cover the screens completely and ran this banner of work from the book along the back. Went a bit mad on the sides though.
I have to show you the sartorial elegance of Clive. At the Festival of Quilts he escaped quality control and it transpired that he had only bought his tatty set-up day clothes!!!! This time I supervised the packing.
I did lots of demos but my brilliant idea about making the pieces for the next exhibition did not work at all. People wanted to know how the samples were made and I just concentrated on showing them. I have made lots of things toward the classes, though and have some new ideas. You always learn new things when playing with a limited range of materials - although sometimes you get egg on your face when experimenting with something new in front of a crowd.
I had some large gatherings and was glad that the aisles seemed a little more spacious than usual. Outstanding moments were with two lovely young students, about fourteen years old, who said ‘Wow’ in unison at every relevant stage. Then there were the three ladies from France. All that way, just for the show. We spoke Franglais and had a great laugh. For all the rest of the demos I described the amount of salt as a soupcon.
No doubt there will be more on the show tomorrow. Suffice to say we had a horrid trip home - stuck on the North Circular for an hour.
Smudge has been to boot camp with daughter Claire, who bred him. He has played non-stop with all his relatives and has been fast alseep in the thread basket since he got home.
Claire is painting her sitting room so you will note that he has paint on his trousers.