Spring Fling is dominating every waking
moment just now, so this newsletter is primarily about it, both
written and video. However, new in the Forthcoming section is notice
of the Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail, and of course I have
a print for you to download.
Two Years On
I forgot to mention last month that it is now
two years since I began creating these monthly(ish) newsletters.
It's quite amazing to see more than 20 videos and downloadable prints
sitting in the newsletter section of my website. Don't forget you
can still revisit any of thepast
newslettersand download the prints
for your desktop or wall.
Spring Fling 2009
At the moment, I am in the throes of preparing
for the Spring
Fling open studio weekend, which is
taking place here in South-west Scotland from the 23rd
to the 25th May.
There is a lot to be done, not least the sorting
out of my studio to make it presentable enough for visitors. I clean
out my cupboard and shelves and find materials Id forgotten
I even owned!
Wonderful silk and threads for the next project perhaps?
Structuring paste and mica flakes what treasures
to experiment with.
Such beautiful iridescent glass beads would make
an interesting addition to a piece of stitching (or make into
a fabulous necklace to go with, well, just anything Ive got
These are the lively, rich interruptions that make
the task so energising - happy distractions from the more nerve-wracking
job in hand.
Doubts and insecurities can loom really large at
this time however:
Do I have enough work to show?
Does my studio still look cluttered?
Is there enough range of sizes and prices to suit?
Are the sample pieces on view even good enough?
Can I cope with hundreds of visitors coming?
What if nobody comes at all?
Is my work good enough to show?
What if no-one likes my art?
And then I remember Spring Fling last year
It was so much fun and so worthwhile!
I really enjoyed meeting and talking to visitors
from all over the country and beyond, who had chosen to spend some
time in my studio.
So many positive comments!
So many really kind and lovely people!
Come and visit me again - I am looking forward to
This year I plan on creating a collaborative
piece of work. Come along and add something to an artwork which
will develop across the weekend.
Exploring Embroidery Exhibition
At the Mill
on the Fleet in Gatehouse of Fleet, the
Exploring Embroidery Group is having an exhibtion throughout June.
A few of my artworks will be appearing alongside others from the
Connecting the Threads - Farfield Mill
From 18th July to 31st August there
will be a solo exhibition of my work in the Dover Gallery,
at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, Cumbria. www.farfieldmill.org.
I'm excited about this exhibition as Farfield Mill is growing in
reputation as a venue for showing textile art.
I will post more information about these events
as time goes on.
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