Deciding how to out a new space always seems to take me an age and I very much appreciated support this year from fellow stitcher Julie Edwards. So here I am a few minutes before opening on a super sunny Saturday morning. It will be interesting to see what changes my tweaking will bring into effect over my two weeks of opening!
I like to experiment each year with different textiles and 2018 for me has very much been about eco and sustainable textiles. I have particularly loved working with eco dyed and printed fabrics by Kim Winter of Flextiles and I am delighted to be collaborating with Kim to combine her amazing alchemy and my textile skills.
Another Devon product I have long worked with is Twool. A 100% wool product made from Whiteface Dartmoor sheep, I have been using their plaited and twisted rope for bowl making this summer and it has proved a very popular make in workshops.
I will be demonstrating with all of these products throughout Somerset Art Weeks and visitors so far have immediately related to how tactile and pleasurable they are to work with. To that end I am offering up Kit Bags to take away and enjoy an experience of trying out back home.
I am also currently displaying a selection of my own new free stitch work on wool. This has been a totally new experiment for me this summer to see how I can dry felt wool fibres and add free stitch to reflect some of the many Somerset views I have photographed this summer.
Please do call by to see me during Somerset Arts Weeks and talented fellow Spring Farm artists - glass blower Paul Larner and painter Anne Farmer - I am open every day from 10am to 5pm.