As in previous years I was invited to create a piece of textile work to show in conjunction with Weavers Gallery’s textile exhibition, held during Ledbury Poetry Festival. The theme this year is T.S.Eliot’s poems collectively know as the Four Quartets.
Inspired by the common premise that each one of Eliot’s Four Quartets poems corresponds to one of the four classical elements:
- Burnt Norton – Air
- East Coker – Earth
- The Dry Savages – Water
- Little Gidding – Fire
‘Elements’ is my interpretation of the poems. Each piece consists of hand dyed machine appliquéd silks and needle felted wools.
4 July – 14 July 2019
Weavers Gallery, Church Lane, Ledbury HR8 1DW
Open 10.00am to 5.00pm
Free entry, sadly no disabled access (first floor gallery).
A few weeks back I spent a most enjoyable few days in glorious Devon at the home and studio of renowned weaver Susie Gillespie. The first two days were spent weaving on full size looms (all set up for us) – this was a first for me, but something I had always wanted to have a go at. My fabulous new friends and I were shown a number of techniques and then basically allowed to let our creative juices flow. I was going to make three small hangings from my piece but in retrospect have decided that I like the piece as a whole. The additional objects are treasures found whilst on holiday in Norway back in May/June. All the piece needs now is for me to decide how to finish off the top – perhaps hung from another piece of driftwood?
The final two days were spent in the company of well known textile artist Alice Fox. We had a great time making our own natural dyes from foraged plants and experimenting with eco printing. Both are techniques I have only dabbled with before , but am keen to explore further.
Little Bundles of Colour
Sometimes, just sometimes, something wonderful emerges from the cooking pot!
||Take a piece of calico, a few rusty items and a handful of leaves from the garden.
||Lay everything out on the calico, wrap fabric and contents up in a bundle and tie tightly with string.
||Pop into an old cooking pot with a handful of tea bags and some water.
||Simmer gently for half an hour.
||Remove from pot and leave to cool overnight.
||Open package, rinse well and leave to neutralise in soda ash solution for a few hours.
||Rinse well, hang out to dry and finally iron.