Wednesday, 12 July 2017

2017 UK Tour Week 1

Though I have been in the UK for a week already, I hardly feel as though I have landed. Usually I get into a rhythm of normal sleep really quickly - this time I seem to still be waking at silly times of the night/morning.
These first few days have been very typically British, very hot some days, cool and wet on others. News from my children in Dunedin (NZ) is of real winter weather for them, and I am not sorry to be missing that.
I have had the pleasure of talking to the Chesterfield EG, giving an update on my latest works and projects and running two workshops at Risley Village Hall. These are called 'Taking Textiles Further Workshops' and are the first of my new, independant workshops. I will be organising several each time I return to the UK, and once my NZ studio is complete, there will be more to come  - keep an eye out for dates and subjects.
The first workshop day was 'Miao Thread Booklets Starter Day'. These booklets are a combination of accuracy and fun! We tried a variety of media, leaving with both templates for development and finished booklets.

Miao Thread Booklet Starter Day, Taking Textiles Further with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Miao Thread Booklet Starter Day, Taking Textiles Further with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Miao Thread Booklet Starter Day, Taking Textiles Further with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Miao Thread Booklet Starter Day, Taking Textiles Further with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
And, 'Gone Fishing' - which involves no fishing, but using fishing wire to help to create twisty, curly sculptural forms. Well done to everyone - this is a day where you have to be prepared to play - and so we did, drawing out new ideas and forms through experimentation and an open mind.

Gone Fishing, Taking Textiles Further Workshops with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Gone Fishing, Taking Textiles Further Workshops with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Gone Fishing, Taking Textiles Further Workshops with Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Two more of these to come - 18th July is 'Pattern Development and Print' and 31st July is 'Hundertwasser meets Angelina!'

I have been grabbing my English historical cultural fix with a trip to Calke Abbey. This house is certainly not the most beautiful house, but has been preserved in a state of faded grandeur which makes for a unique setting. The garden sheds and orangery have been favourites of mine for many years, my parents spend many hours and days each week volunteering there and my girls also used to help out before we moved away (NZ to Derbyshire weekly might just be a bit far!) Just look:

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey
 And this afternoon I visited a quintisentially English house and gardens, even my teenaged niece adored it and planned her wedding there!! Felley Priory is so close to my previous home, I have no idea why I have never visited before!

Felley Priory

Felley Priory

Felley Priory

Felley Priory

Felley Priory

Felley Priory

Felley Priory, and family
I am slowly working through the job list my mum has created for me in lieu of board. So lots of weeding, digging and hedge cutting so far. Roll on more workshops!!