A New Course for a New Year!
A Forest of Stitches
Earlier this year I hatched the plan of introducing two new stitch-based courses for 2018 - A Forest of Stitches and Fabric of the Land. But, such was the speed of the bookings for the two Sea of Stitches courses running in 2017 ( they both sold out back in the summer), that I have decided to bring forward the introduction of one of these courses, in the hope that it might tempt those of you who were disappointed not to land a place on the 'Sea'!
Plans for Fabric of the Land 2018 are still in development and that course will come on-line in a few months time.
A New Adventure into Print
All of my textile work and my writing is in response to the environment in which I live. Over the last few years, some distinct themes have started to emerge and so it has been possible to group the works together under titles such as Assynt Sutras, which is the title of the exhibition of large panels I exhibited last year at the Ceilidh Place, Ullapool. And so I have decided to celebrate each theme by publishing short runs of high-quality books, complete with photographs of my work by Ricky Frew and with text written by myself.
Some of you may remember that I had planned to start this process last winter, but I did not quite manage to get the material collected together in time. However, I have set aside a good block of time this winter to make the first book happen and it should be ready by the spring. This is an exciting development for me, moving into print, and involves learning a whole new set of skills. So, I suspect my usual winter hobbies of rag-rugging and patchwork will take second place this year.
If any of you are interested in purchasing a copy (I am hoping to sell it at £10, including P&P) please let me know and I will give you advance notice of the release date.
Farewell Visit to Tanera Mor, Sept 2016
After ten years of taking small groups of adventurers to the delightful little island of Tanera Mor, one of the Summer Isles, the island is likely to change hands and with that will come the end of an era.
However, I am happy to say that this September, accompanied by artist Chelsea Frew, I ran one last course on the island of Tanera - a gentle mix of meandering shoreline walks, dips into poetry, hand-making paper and a few other playful art-related activities which, when combined together, made for a hand-bound journal full of memories of our visit to this tranquil and utterly natural haven.
We had a happy time, with good weather and good company aiding the creative process. To see some images of our time there, jave a look at the See Sound, Sea Shore page.
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