Somerset Art Week
For Somerset Art Week I will be in residence at the new ACE Arts gallery in Somerton. My work will be exhibited from the 17th September until the 2nd October as will my ‘pop up’ weaving studio. I will be moving my beautiful floor loom for the event and will be demonstrating on the 18th, 19th, 21st, part of 24th, 25th, 28th September, 1st and 2nd October. Do pop in and meet my loom! I will also be running a workshop on the 24th September and we will be celebrating my ‘Cutting off Ceremony’ on the 2nd October from 2pm when I’ll cut my woven cloth from the loom.
I will be exhibiting my woven blankets, throws, wraps and scarves and launching my new ‘West Bay’ throw collection. This collection is based on the colours of this coastal town and stems from the time that Andrea Cunningham and I shared a workshop in Bridport. I sketched the colours that I saw, then dyed Dorset Down yarn in pre-made warps and skeins before finalising the design on the loom. The above picture is a detail of one of the 6 throws on the loom. I’m pleased that the colour and texture combinations reflects my view over the town from the East Cliff with my sketch book.
The ‘Cutting off Ceremony’ has evolved as part of my weaving workshops. It marks the moment when a weaver cuts the fabric they’ve spent the last few weeks or months slaving over, usually without an idea of what it looks like as a completed piece of textiles. The ceremony turns an anxious ‘is-it-going-to-be-ok’ moment into a shared celebration as everybody adds congratulations, applause and positive feedback on the work. It feels like the perfect way to end Somerset Art Weeks when I have to cut my fabric from the loom in order to move it back to my studio. So please join us from 2pm for tea, cake and a celebration of weaving!