Yes, I know, it’s Wednesday and I’m only just getting round to posting.
The Ashmolean workshop went well. Gareth and I got there on FRiday afternoon and after struggling to find a parking space on StGiles, we finally met Jude, who was lovely. Setting up Friday afternoon and laying the room out ready for the next day made for so much less stress.
Also, Jude put Gareth straight. He’d been telling me all week that because I was working at the Ashmolean I would have to make an effort to dress like a grown up and categorically not wear my tapemeasure skirt or flowery socks. Jude laughed at him and told him all about how Grayson Perry had been there recently to lecture, and had worn a rather fetching little bo peep ensemble. On saturday I wore my tape measure skirt and flowery socks.
Gareth did help a lot though, he printed out all the handouts and made the frames for class.
There were seven students in all, including the lovely Ann Rippin, who brought me a lovely little set of cards with medeival textile patterns on it (luckily I had a big bag of broken jewelery for her to play with).
I had packed a tin of homemade macaroons, I always figure people are more likely to forgive the odd mistake if I feed them.
I kept the initial talk to a minimum, figuring people are there to sew. And then we split off into groups, with some people going to see the amazing Kevin Coates exhibition which the workshop was tied too, and others sitting round the big frame with me and going over the basic stitches
I cut the waste canvas up at the end of the day so everyone could take thier practice home (note to self – get everyone to write thier names next time so I can work out whose is whose)
Ann was inspired by the amazing unicorn jewel Kevin had made for his wife, Nell(her sketchbook puts me to shame) she posted some progress when she got home
There were dragons and Griffins and a turtle, and a lovely wierd little thing, some great work. I’m hoping everyone sends me picture or links once they finish.
And I started a Lutrell cat-slug, chosen because several people had problems getting thier heads round the idea of curving laid and couched work, so I sat and did the curve of his spine
The curvy spine is easy once you know how, but I’m learning with this one as well. I’ve never tried striped laidwork before, and it’s forcing me to do some fiddly curved couching.