Wednesday, 14 October 2009

The Show

Back from Ally Pally. It was so good to see you all and put names to faces. Sorry you couldn't make the show, Heather. Here's a tiny flavour - lots more in my review for December WoW.

Sorry but I only do London, JP. Next year Wessex Textiles, the group I exhibit with, have one of the group exhibition slots so I might make it up north for that. If I manage to get any work done!

Have been working flat out since we got back - mostly admin but also putting the final touches to the free distance learning classes that go with the Stitches, Straps and Layers book. Carol and Lynda have classes with their Stitching the Textured Surface book too and I am setting up a new, joint Yahoo group for all the classes. Should be great fun and I hope to see you all there.

I've found a new way of combining the Model Magic/Model Soft compound with fabric. Such fun. That will be one of my lessons on the course.


The show was super - the exhibitions, especially were wonderful. Sensory overload with so much good stuff.

Cindy Hickok's made me laugh so much. Such witty ideas. I love all these 'people' rushing in the door and the cardboard cut-outs of Cindy and Doyle were an inspired touch. Here's a special one for the Brits - a cup of tea.
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One of the stitched pieces made me howl - it was a study of Lautrec's prostitutes - all portrayed with colourful pies and the title was 'Tarts'.

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Alice Kettle's collaboration with Alex McErlain and Helen Falcey was a real talking point. I love this jug, scratched into by Alice. She was showing some amazong head studies but they were glazed and not good for photos. Alice has promised to send me photos so I will include them in the review.

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We did well with the book selling and Carol and Lynda drew crowds with their demos from their book. It was such fun watching them - here is Carol in action. They really made the show for me.

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Must rush away now - more on the show later in the week.

8 comments:

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Thank you for showing such lovely taster pics of the show. I wasn't able to get there so it's good to see what I missed

Carolyn

Heather said...

I was just thinking what 'Love Stitching Red' has written. How does Carol manage to look so smart and clean and demo at the same time? I get covered in whatever I am working with! Looking forward to the classes - glad it all went so well for you and hope you and Clive aren't worn out.

MargaretR said...

I loved the Cindy Hickok work too they are beautifully stitched and the ideas hilarious as you said. One could have stayed there studying them all day. I enjoyed 'My mother said I must...'

You got a much better photo of Carol than I did!

Aussie Jo said...

I love Alice Kettle's collaborative jug, fantastic scribbling. What an interesting exhibition, the show sounds like great fun.
I am hoping to get to London in 2011 (with husband and two youngest children, just need to stay home next year while no 2 child completes the final year of school). I will have to make sure the trip co-incides with the show and some other textile happenings if possible.

Genie said...

Looking forward to Monday and new classes
Have a good weekend

California Fiber artist and composer said...

Maggie--I saw the soft sculp listed in your book. Is there an American equivalent or is it available in the US

jac said...

Good write up and pictures , thank you .
Looking forward to the new workshops on Monday , you must have know its my birthday ! vbg:)

blomman said...

Dear Maggie!
Good to hear the show was great. I`m writing to tell you that I meant to come and visit you there but....somehow I don`t know how it happened, booked my flight from Sweden on the wrong date!!! I thought the show was this weekend and not the last one. I found out by reading a blog last week. I was really disappointed, but to get over it I have told myself that it was meant to be this way. I have to check the dates better next year!