A reflection on Skills Unearthed
Suddenly the exhibition happened, after about a year of work and now it’s finished. Isn’t that always the way? Something you worked so hard towards is over in the blink of an eye! But it was fantastic. Thank you to all 700 of you who visited and left lovely comments in our book. Our work looked fantastic in Cotley Barn near Chard – a rural setting for work inspired by the skills and crafts of the area. Happily everyone understood why I had dragged by 3 metre length of kersey through hedges, over mossy banks and soaked it in the River Culm. I worked with photographer, Sarah George to create images of the kersey lost and abandoned in textile related corners of the Blackdown Hills. Only twice did I freeze while burying my hand woven did I wonder “what on earth am I doing?!”. I would love to spend more time exploring our textile heritage and reinterpreting it for the 21st century. A range of warm, cosy kersey throws is called for I think!