This year I went prepared. With a map. And a list of things to do and see. I avoided the shopping and headed straight for the workshops then the galleries. Although these were at opposite ends of the Conference Centre so I couldn’t help passing a few stalls…
Highlights and findings were: meeting artist Alice Fox and seeing her tiny creations, beautifully and simply displayed like exhibits in a museum. Clear crisp perspex mounts and simple pins allowed us to see and enjoy her detailed work. The chalk pebbles with thread were new to me; the other work I’ve seen in her books and online but it was good to come up close to it.
Mono printing workshop with Kathy Hammond. Nothing I hadn’t done before but it made a great warm-up for the show as this was the first thing I did. First onto paper then close-weave cotton fabric. Not the best quality prints but I have been lining up some printing onto fabric for when I finish my current OCA assignment so this served to remind me how much I enjoy this process.
And a little bit of shopping … plain and cutwork linen from c 1900 plus a long run of heavy-duty woven hemp, all added to the stash for printing and stitching when I have time.