The sweetest comments came from Martin, who says he is a printer trying to express his creative side and who asked to take my picture at the Knitting and Stitching Show in London last week. On sending the image and after my complaints about the increasing amount of wrinkles on show, he wrote:
Thank you for taking the time to talk with me yesterday and for graciously letting me take this picture of you.
Just so you know, you are now standing in one of the halls at Harwick looking at a Tapestry of the Old Amlwch Copper Mine (created by me photographically), all with an delicate over lay of your own workmanship.
I would be happy to hear what others think of your likeness but would be very surprised if they don't love it. Our face belongs to us, each little line, each contour tells a story that only gets deeper more interesting and more mysterious with time, how can you not love it. That little wisp of hair coming down your neck and onto your collar, how perfect is that.
The piece is called 'Links' made for exhibition entitled ' HEAVY METAL ' shown at the Festival of Quilts 2012, then travelling to 4 venues in the North East during 2013.
Other exhibitions at the show which I also really had no time to look at included the graduate showcase, the Alice Kettle and Jane McKeating exhibition launching their book ‘Hand Stitch Perspectives’, The 62 Group,( apart from being drawn to Louise Baldwin’s piece, probably as it is similar to one I bought from her at the Beetroot Tree), Cas Holmes (another textile artist who we have recently shown at the Beetroot Tree), Anglia Textile Works, Jane Hall, Ann Small and just so many others, let alone the many individual artists on their stands such as mine. As I type, I am beginning to feel that I will have to make time to get to Harrogate for a catch up on that list!
|Detail from Louise's work|
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