‘Stone’ stand TG4, 2017
That was some of the many words written in my comments book at last week’s Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, London. I’ve only just had time to sit and reflect on how wonderful the week was….
Some of the comments
After so long, in the planning and making, it finally came together. When I applied for the Knitting and Stitching Show almost 2 years ago I had a vision of using British wool to make large scale wallhangings that looked and felt like stone. It was so lovely to see people touching and feeling (and even hugging) the stones. I wanted the textures of all the different fibres to be felt – the organisers had given me ‘Please do not touch’ signs which I rejected, much to the pleasure of all the visitors alike!
Can I really ‘hug a stone’ ??
I really went on a fabulous journey in the research of my stones and learnt a lot along the way – from the history of standing stones to the superstitions of hagstones and the writings of ancient Ogham. Over the week I met some great people in London – from the lady who bought an art book to sketch every day (on my advise!!) to the school children who sat cross legged on the floor to work out what the Ogham lines said…..
I am still managing to work with my Kombucha and used it along side the felt. Having now worked out how to waterproof the cellulose fabric I hope to move forward with the research next year.
The physical problems of making such large pieces were also a challenge but with help from some very dear friends…both physical and mentally I couldn’t have done it without them…so thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!
Two weeks and then I go to Dublin with the exhibition and on to Harrogate at the end of November..hope to see some of you there…..
PS. Helen..never got that ‘selfie’ with you…!
Stones -Sarah Waters, 2017
So .. 2 weeks today and Alexandra Palace will open for the Knitting & Stitching Show 2017. After over a year in the planning my solo gallery ‘Stone‘ will be there for everyone to see. It’s been a long road to completion and there have been many challenges to overcome along the way……but ‘with a little help from my friends’ I have finally finished on time. So if you’re planning a visit then please do stop, look and chat…I’m in Textile Gallery TG4. I’m not saying too much about the work yet and will let it speak for itself. If you’re about on Thursday 12th October then I’m giving a talk….the link for tickets is here
It’s been nearly thirty years since I last exhibited with Knit & Stitch.. things have moved on a lot since then…so I’m excited to be returning after such a long time!! I will then be off to Dublin and Harrogate in November with the gallery.
My exhibition work, just like buses, has come all at once this year. So I plan 2018 to have my head down and do some experimenting and creative work without the pressures of deadlines looming!
I did however manage to have some fun over the summer too…with the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Their biannual summer school was at Sparsholt near Winchester and I had a group of wonderfully amazing students for a whole week of felting. What fun we had…!
Some of the 3D work
Two extra students!
My other workshops are keeping me busy too. If you’re interested in one near you then do click on my website www.sarahwaterstextiles.com to look or to put yourself on my mailing list.
That’s all for now. I need to get back to last minute details for my stay in London. Hope to see some of you soon.
PS See you in Ally Pally Helen !
Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun! And the older you get the faster it seems to fly though…..! And while I haven’t actually been flying I have been sailing across the oceans. I spent the cold month of January teaching on part of the World Cruise for P&O. I saw some amazing places and met some lovely people. So much so I’m off again next year on the Queen Elizabeth from San Francisco to Brisbane…all in the name of work!!!
While I have been absent from my blog I haven’t been quiet on the felt front. I have been teaching my regular felt classes in Woodgreen and popping up and down the country doing the odd workshop here and there, including the International Feltmakers AGM in Suffolk where I was teaching felt cuffs and fingerless gloves. Click here to see more info on International Feltmakers Association
Under the Microscope
I now have my head down with the last few days of preparation for the joint exhibition ‘Under the Microscope’ at Rum’s Eg Gallery, Romsey, Hampshire with textile artist Helen Sill. You are all welcome to attend the private view just email the gallery here to let them know. Helen and I would love to see you next Tuesday evening…but if not you can catch the exhibition until June 23rd 2017. Upstairs in the gallery Prince Charles will also have his paintings together with etchings from Queen Victoria from the 31st May 2017
Anyone wanting to do a 3D felt vessel class at Rum’s Eg there’s still a couple of places on the workshop next Wednesday 24th
That’s a quick update for now and also to say watch this space as I am working on samples and small pieces in readiness for my gallery space ‘STONE’ at Knit and Stitch in London, Dublin and Harrogate this Autumn. More information about the events here
That’s all for now…will been in touch soon with some more blogging!
PS Are you all ready for next week Helen ??
It must be the season for exhibitions. The exhibition Black and White in Finland has just finished (Photo credits – Olli Levaniemi). Shame I couldn’t get over to see my work hung in the flesh, so to speak, but lovely to be part of an International exhibition.
And today I have just been helping to set up the exhibition ‘Stitched’ in Romsey Abbey. It was a beautiful morning and the light was shining onto the exquisite pieces of work being hung. This is an exhibition organised by Susan Chapmen together with Rum’s Eg Gallery. It is open from 30th September until 1st November. PV tomorrow night if you want to meet all the artists. A sneak preview here but you really need to see all the work up close (or up high in the case of those arches from the huge archways!).
Sanctus l,ll and lll
Sanctus l,ll and lll, Sarah Waters 2015
Sanctus, Romsey Abbey -Sarah Waters 2015
Sanctus l,ll and lll – Sarah Waters 2015
Now to get the studio sorted and back to prepping for the up and coming workshops…..