Wednesday, 12 May 2010

So Much to See...

I had a really inspiring day yesterday, mooching around the various exhibitions at this year's Stroud International Textiles Festival. So many great pieces by so many creatively talented people. Here's just a few of the fabulous things I found to look at...

These cheery cones, by Deirdre Nelson, greeted me as I walked through the gates at The Museum in the Park. They did make me smile!

Three Vessels, made from willow by Caroline Sharp.

I loved Jo Barker's tapestries. The title of this one is New Green...

...and this one's called Resonance. The colours are fantastic - so vibrant.

Soliloquy by Gisella K. Warburton.

Another piece by Gisella K. Warburton - Paper and Cloth II - Scar.

A Collection of Memories by Natasha Roberts.

Jessie Elizabeth's Tea Tray by Kate Ward.

Annie Hutchinson makes her creature creations using needle felting. The detailing is quite extraordinary. Millie the cat was my favourite!

The Textile Open Studio in the Stroud Valley Artspace was the highlight of my day. There was so much to look at and be inspired by.

On the way out I noticed this stuck in the window of one of the other studios. It did make me laugh! I'm not sure I'd like a workspace where everyone could walk past and stand and stare!

The exhibition of the Cork Textiles Network at the Subscription Rooms was excellent. The work on display was colourful, innovative and playful. I was really taken with Humming, by Orla Breslin.

Another of my favourites was Elements by Mary Timmons. Hoorah for buttons!

Life's Song by Helen O'Shea. Such gorgeous colours and textures.

It wasn't until I was leaving the Subcription Rooms that I noticed this fabulous mosaic by Cleo Mussi.

Here are a few of the pieces from the Losing the Thread exhibition at the Kendrick Gallery. Lynn Creighton's Paper Cups.

Too Much Too Little by Margaret Charlton.

Renaissance Lady by Jane O'Brien.

This little chap (made by Andrea Willamson) was hanging about with his friends in the window of the Made in Stroud shop (as part of the Made in the Highlands display).

As a result of my adventures yesterday, I've spent all day today working on my latest City and Guilds project. There's nothing like escaping for the day to get motivated again!


hensteeth said...


Milly and Dottie said...

There is certainly some exceptional talent out there.. and I spotted two of my fave artists.. Annie and Cleo.. both inspirational and lovely people.

Purrfect Haven said...

Lovely shots and like a special little preview. Do you have a webiste for Annie Hutchinson? I loved her things.

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

I love Annie Hutchinson's work! I was disappointed not to see her work at the V&H fair this year. I too like the cat, I also like the squirrel she had with her last time.

It must have been a a great day out!

Warm wishes
Isabelle x

Purrfect Haven said...

Hi Katie, thanks for dropping by and posting up the link to Annie. Helen x

jane and the happy crow said...

What a wonderful day you had, such absolute delights to drool over. Jane x

Kate Ward said...

I was just browsing your lovely blog and found the work i exhibited in Stroud - Jessie Elizabeth's Tea Tray. I got very excited!! I'm so glad you liked it!

Your blog is so full and exciting, i'll follow it immediately!

Kate xxx