What an adventure! Three best parts: my husband Tim went along with me and it was his FIRST-EVER quilt show! Second best part was reuniting with my dear friends from Committed to Cloth! I used to see them every year as they would travel to San Antonio for a week-long independent study. Times changed and we haven't seen each other for a number of years. What fun we had! Tim and I elected to stay in the small village of Knowle at the same place as our friends so we had wonderful times together throughout our stay. Third best thing: I had a quilt juried into the "Art Quilt: Masters" portion of the show.
Heading back to the UK for the second time this year!
Working on a "Sweet Little Something" in-flight
Here are some more....
Wha..? Quite a shocking change from the 100' S TX weather!
A lovely piece in the Art Quilt Masters by Marion Hall,
a student of my friend Claire Benn
Posing with the sign and my quilt.
Ann Johnston had an exhibition of her work at the show.
It was great to see her again!
Her work was stunning and I adored how well it was hung: gallery-like setting and
some of the pieces were free-hanging.
The Virtual Studio: such an incredible thing to see at a quilt show!
A true working sink and all the rest of the wet studio bells and whistles.
Now this is truly an Open Studio. I was gobsmacked.
A wonderful piece by my friend, Susie Koren
Okay, if you know me at all (rock-obsessed) you already know
how much I adore this installation of "Granite Pebbles" by Jacqui Cotterill
Afternoons sitting outside under the market umbrellas with Daline Stott and Claire Benn
stitching, chatting, drinking tea...
The sweet village of Knowle.
An installation of wearables...
Meeting Sandra Snowden in-person after years of virtual friendship.
I was so impressed with the entire show, but one exhibition really stood out in my mind:
The collaborative group "Art Textiles: Made In Britain". Wow.
Eleven women artists who make very different sorts of work, creating a show bound by the
theme, "Identity". Powerful work.
This piece by Rosie James really struck a chord with me.
Here is Claire Benn walking through it.
So beautiful and ethereal. Sigh.
machine stitched organza panels. Beautiful!
Also the work of my friend Cas Holmes.
I was fortunate to take a workshop from her this spring in San Diego.
So fun to see her!
And then there was Eszter Bormemisza!
Her work is absolutely thrilling.
I got to meet the lovely Deborah O'Hare.
She had just seen my husband's film so I took him over to meet her.
Our final gathering was for dinner at a Thai restaurant.
What fun to have all these wonderful people together on the
night before my 60th birthday?! I headed home on my birthday with a full heart.
So thankful to know these amazing people.