The Tapestry Exhibition finally finished on 13th July and on Monday 14th we all went along to collect our work. This was done with mixed feelings – some relief that it was all over tinged with some sadness for the same reason! No tapestries were sold but several of us sold some of our cards, me included, so that was a nice little reward for our efforts. The Gallery at Nuneaton really did us proud, they were very friendly and helpful and made the whole experience most enjoyable for us. It is a wonderful vibrant place and if you are ever in the area I hope you will visit – there will always be something worth seeing.
I forgot to take my camera along but I took one or two photos on my mobile phone which have not turned out very well. Maralyn Hepworth’s Flax mill weaving was still on the wall so I took the opportunity to photograph it to share here. It came out a little hazy, partly due to the fact that the weaving was encased in a perspex frame. I also took one of the completed ‘Have-a-Go’ weave, again a little unfocused but here they both are:
You can find out more about the Flaxmill Tapestry from Maralyn’s website and ‘Weavers Yarns’ blog; links to both are on the sidebar Blogroll.
After collecting our work we went out for a celebratory lunch together where we debriefed about our experience, talked about future weaving plans and speculated about where and when our next exhibition would be as well as generally chatting among ourselves about anything and nothing in particular. Above is a photo of us all, photo kindly taken by my husband on my mobile phone and unfortunately with the sun shining through the window behind us. Maralyn was not able to join us but circling round from the left you can see yours truly, Victoria Green, Jane’s husband John, Jane Freear-Wyld, Lindsey Marshall and Pauline Fisk.
As promised here are some pictures from the Nuneaton Exhibition. There is a link to each tapestry artist’s own website listed in the Blogroll in the side bar, where you will see more of their work. I have not pictured any of my own work here – there is plenty elsewhere on the blog!
Unfortunately, due to a slight oversight on my part, I have no photographs of Maralyn Hepworth’s work. However you will find much to interest you on her website here, and on her blog (Weaver’s Yarns) here. Both these links can also be found in the side bar. I hope to feature some of her work on another occasion.
I had a most enjoyable day at the Gallery on Tuesday. A steady flow of people visited the exhibition and stopped to talk to me, many of whom were either weavers themselves or were very interested in weaving and other textile arts. The visitors included a couple from Australia as well as a freelance journalist and a photographer who were at the Gallery to report on another exhibition but who drifted into see the Tapestries and thought it might be worth doing something on that as well – all good publicity for us if anything comes of it.
The result of all this enjoyable chatting meant that I didn’t actually get a great deal of weaving done, as you can see from the photograph. I had set up my small frame loom once more and woven the bottom inch or so before going along to the exhibition. This time I decided to work with a cartoon behind the piece as the design chosen was a ‘simple’ spiral and I would need guidance for the shape. I also decided to blend some white in with the beige chosen for the background, to make it a bit more interesting than just a solid block of colour and also for me to practice the technique.
This design proved more difficult than anticipated (don’t they always?) and I had trouble introducing the colours for the spiral, for which I am using earth tones – a mid-brown and two shades of green. I undid and re-wove this bit several times while I was at the Gallery until I finally got it sorted just as my stint at the exhibition was coming to an end. The interruptions to my concentration as I chatted to the visitors probably paid some part in this, but then that was what I was there for and correcting mistakes is a frequent occurrence anyway. Actually once I got home I decided it still wasn’t right so I have since undone it yet again. It is now just about back to this point once more and I think it will do this time.
The Gallery is not very well-lit in terms of taking photographs with my little camera but I did try again to take some photos. Here is one of the ‘Have-a-Go’ weave. As you can see several people have taken up the challenge but with no-one there it advise it has got rather pulled-in at the sides! You can just see the edge of the table where I was working on the left.
I hope to post some other pictures from the exhibition in a few days time, once I have had a chance to sort through them.