‘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 !