I must say first that I had a great lunch with Jane. We went to Walford Mill - our local craft centre and saw the Christmas exhibition. Good stuff. I wanted to buy a bronze hare, he was so lovely and very well priced, but I came home and hinted heavily to Clive instead. The food was excellent and we giggled a lot.
Today's exhibition was in Frome (pronounced Froom) and it celebrated the 300th birthday of the Rook Lane Chapel. This one-time Methodist Chapel has been renovated by a firm of architects, who occupy the upstairs, and the whole of the ground floor is gallery space. Very impressive conversion. This is a view of the chapel, reproduced in earthenware by Steven Jenkins.
I went to review the exhibition for March WoW so I won't say too much about it here, other than the fact that it was a worth while trip. Not so much for the textiles, which were OK but not overwhelming, but for the concept and the glass, ceramics and painting. Because the entire exhibition, put together by glass artist Carolyn Griffiths, was based around the chapel it had a great feeling of integration. Patterns in glass popped up again in screen printed lengths of fabric or a ceramic vessel. Here are some pics. I loved this shoe, also by Steven Jenkins.
This screen printed textile by Claire Comacho uses recycled fabric. With a pattern taken from the chapel, it has a retro feel to it.
This is a detail of a rusty found object with a glass plate made to match it. I'll show the whole piece in the review (our exhibition reviews are not password resticted). By Fabrizia Bazzo, whose work was wonderful.
And some of the lovely glass from Shelley James. We met Shelley and Fabrizia at the gallery. Shelley will have more pieces in the 'proper' review.
These glass bricks had transfers applied so that they nestled inside the glass. Also by Shelley James.
Now to the chat. I bet Matawa caps are hard to paint, Carole. The only thing I can think of is to use Ranger Adirondack sprays. They are more like a dye. On the other hand, the ready dyed ones from Stef Francis, Oliver Twists or Silk Sacks are all ready to use. Gets my vote every time. Glad it turned out OK, though.
The glue stick - was it for a hot melt glue gun? Another trick may be to snip it off in small pieces to help it melt more quickly. Let me know.
Now I must go and write my WoW review before I forget the best bits of the exhibition.