One up and one down!

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.

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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!).

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Sanctus l,ll and lll, Sarah Waters 2015

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Sanctus, Romsey Abbey -Sarah Waters 2015

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Sanctus l,ll and lll – Sarah Waters 2015

Now to get the studio sorted and back to prepping for the up and coming workshops…..

Which Way do I turn?

It’s been a busy and long but fun couple of weeks that has called the summer to an end. 10 days of the Hampshire Open Studios saw several hundred people through the Coach House Studio, despite the rain! Four artists work to view and copious teas/cakes and lunches were served by Eloise who was raising money for the charity Ameca, in Malawi. At times we were huddled inside with the hatches buttoned down while the rain hammered outside!! However it did give me time to get some making during the quiet periods – with a little help from my friends!!

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Teaching the others to make felt

It was then a quick turn around for the Salisbury Craft and Heritage Festival in Salisbury’s cathedral close. A wonderfully well organised show with 108 exhibitors. Such a variety of talent from all over the country. The weather held out and 2 days of non-stop chatting and selling ensued.

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PV with my buddies Sarah Orchard and Dawn Gear

Great to have such a quality show on the doorstep. Next year it’s expanding to three days. Well worth a visit. I was even home by 5pm on takedown night with a glass on wine in my hand..not many of the exhibitors could say they had done that!

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My Kombucha and Growth of a new Fabric made an outing

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Now it’s time a move up a gear and finish off the work for Romsey Abbey and the Stitched exhibition that starts at the end of the month. Susan Chapman and Hilary Marshall’s work has already opened in Rum’s Eg and this is followed by lots of us graduates from Eastleigh exhibiting in the Abbey. Do try and get along to see it if you can. Very inspirational!

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From now to Christmas I am running several workshops in Woodgreen, Rum’s Eg gallery and the Ashcroft centre in Fareham. Do look at my website for details if you are interested in learning more. www.sarahwaterstextiles.com

More exciting news is that I have been selected to exhibit at MADE Brighton. Just booked the B&B so it must be happening!! Now to make lots more work…but how and when?  I just keep making lists and they seem to being getting longer and longer…….. any suggestions????

Chasing my tail…(or hats in my case)!

How is it that Christmas is at the same time year in year out but that even with meticulous planning you always end up running behind and chasing your tail in the last few weeks? I’m still teaching right up until school breaks up and also felting in the studio space on Wednesdays at the Rum’s Eg gallery in Romsey, Hants. They’ve been selling my felt hats as fast as I can make them!

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Last weekend my copy of Felt Matters, the International Felt Makers Association quarterly magazine, landed on my doormat. How I got asked to write an article on the techniques on Indigo dyeing I’m still not quite sure but it was good to see my words and pictures in print, that was until my father-in-law, a retired epidemiologist and writer of many books and magazine articles, read it. ‘You’ve not mantioned the Latin name of the Indigo plant and who proof read the text?’ (I did) he commented. (Note to myself -next time you write an article for a pulication get your father-in-law to read it first)

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I have had a chance to do some research on my ‘growing fabric’ and in the New Year will continue with the waterproofing of the material. I’m lucky enough to have a neighbour who travels worldwide in the tannery business and has given me lots of advise. So my new year’s resolution is to try out all the potions he has given me!!

Watch this space…

In the meantime I’m taking part in the Society of Designer Craftsmen’s 25th Designer Crafts at the Mall Galleries in London in January . Do come and see all the wonderful work on display.

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