A belated end of year round-up!
Once again months have slipped by without posting. Sometimes life moves so far between project to project.
Dance in Devon’s Bespoke project was magical. For a week in October I worked with choreographer Freddie Opoku-Addaie and two dancers from his company. After a bit of a rubbish summer for me, it was fantastic to work collaboratively with performing artists who had very little experience of weaving. It was fascinating to see my craft through different eyes and see what aspects of it speaks to other people. There was a section where a blind was raised and lowered to reveal different people sitting at my loom and this really connected to my feeling of weaving knowledge being passed from one person to another down the generations.
The weekend after the performance was when the exhibition of my weaving research opened. This was the culmination of phase one of Bhaam’s (Blackdown Hills Artists and Makers)Skills Unearthed project. 23 artists exhibited altogether in 7 different venues. My research delved into the world of pre-industrial weavers who lived in the Blackdown Hills. Many thanks go to Coldharbour Mill who allowed me access to the transcriptions of Thomas Fox’s letter books. From a merchants point of view, weavers never did their job right! Their selvedges were too sloppy, they didn’t use sufficient weft to make a decent fabric and there were greasy marks on the cloth. It was fascinating stuff and I could spend longer trying to track down the legacy of these weavers.
Phase two of the project will launch in a few weeks time, which will allow artists to develop their ideas, which I certainly would love to do. It would be great to link the Blackdown Hills of today with their weaving past.
My working year wrapped up with Wonderworks show in Chagford. What a wonderful show! A small select group of talented and inspirational makers in Chagford village hall. As it was so close to Christmas I treated myself to two nights in a superb vegetarian B&B close to the village. Far more relaxing than driving up and down the A38 for 3 days. Once again I had a lovely show neighbour in Rebecca Crawford, who makes lovely wire creatures.
So what for 2013? That is the big question. I’ve decided to focus on selling my work in London this year, so I’ve cut my safety nets of applying for my usual shows to devote my energy and money into finding a show that is right for me.
I’m currently spending a lot of time teaching, my usual Coldharbour Mill classes have just started and will be working with a group on a Hands on Craft project.
I also have a rather exciting project up my sleeve which will remain under wraps for now!