Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Joys and Frustration

The Eastern Arm of the cloisters became a prayer area for children, with several activities to help them talk to God. One encouraged them to write down a question for Him; here are some of them

Another joy was music by members of the Northumbria Community; I have always been drawn to Celtic Spirituality as it seems to be very 'earthed', weaving the holy into daily human existence.

The frustration? Tonight I read some lines in a poem and just for a nano-second had a clear visualisation of a whole piece of work. It evaporated as I tried to sketch it out. Somehow I have to find it again.......


Monday, 18 March 2013

Dribs and Drabs

I need to up my weaving progress, but have had to do things like poster design for the series of talks I am doing in the autumn. The Archbishop of Canterbury is visiting the cathedral tomorrow, so there are lots of special creative prayer events going on, including the Labyrinth, which was officially opened today

Location:St Faith's

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Work: Visible and Invisible

Here is the visible:-

And the 'invisible'? Practising my Hebrew script (visible to me, but not yet to you), setting dates for a series of talks for the Friends of the Cathedral, winding and sorting yarns, experimenting with the size of squares and attending a lecture on 'Artists in Film'. A good and fulfilling day.

Noticing that the cartoon has come adrift and misaligned itself is less good. And I only saw it just now when I inserted the photo here. Need to 'step away from the surface' more often!

Location:Clay Lane,,United Kingdom

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

A Bonus Weaving Day!

Ladder training was cancelled because of the weather. They said it was because the trainer could not get to us, but I suspect that they could not coax the ladders out of their hidey hole into the frost.

My dungeon was warm and toasty (but not with devils roasting me on a spit) so I got quite a bit done. Always a nice feeling to be a bit ahead of where you expected, no?

Location:St Faiths

Monday, 11 March 2013

Making Myself at Home...

....by taking in a rug for the floor, a draught excluder and a table.

Finished the burnt plank and worked into the extended rubble pile.

Tea party for a leaving member of staff, then to WD for a cutting off ceremony (for which I was late due to the snow, missing both the cutting off AND the fizz. Chiz.) Supper there with friends, then a showing of 'Gerhard Richter Painting'. I had no idea how physical his way of painting is. Very interesting to watch and hear his words. Slow and careful drive home because the roads are not good.

Location:St Faiths

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Studio Days This Week

I plan to be at the loom on Monday, Thursday and Friday. If you would like to visit the studio, leave a comment below.



Thursday, 7 March 2013

Inside the Troglodyte's Lair....

Loom set up (thanks to Simon of the Cathedral staff) and some weaving done. It IS level, I promise you!

Design wall

Desk, daffs and door to secret garden.

Location:Under the Undercroft

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Moving In (Continued)

The cathedral's Education Centre @ 1 St Faith's, SE of the Cloisters. My new lair is in the basement. Just think of it, a city centre studio, running water and power, with a secret garden to boot! Visitors by appointment. Happy, happy LL.

My companions in my new troglodyte existence.

Tomorrow is loom construction and warp resetting. Officially a member of Associated Fettlers and Warp & Weft Adjusters, as per Victoria Wood's sketch.

Location:St Faith's

Monday, 4 March 2013

Day 32: Moving Out

Well, the North Transept is cleared of looms and other paraphernalia, and is as though I had never been there. Tomorrow I move into 1 St Faith's, the home of the Education Department. Mr Rochester had a madwoman in the attic; they shall have one in the basement.

Loom dismantling was very straightforward, and when I took the acros back to the hire place, they agreed to sell them to me at a super bargain price, so I am once again the proud possessor of my very own. I need to clean the basement a bit before moving stuff in and rebuilding for 'Rebuilder', but it should not be long before I am up and running again, once I have finished my Miss Moppet act.

'Miss Moppet tied her head up in a duster'


Sunday, 3 March 2013

Day 31: Last Day in the North Transept

Wove most of the day and enjoyed three services the while. Got as far as I can without extending the cartoon to the right, thus timing it just right for moving out tomorrow. Back to wielding a spanner and other unwomanly pursuits!


Saturday, 2 March 2013

Day 30: More Music and Rubble.....

but moving on to soumak knotting a burned plank, as you do.

All to the accompaniment of the RSCM Sussex Area Choir festival; rehearsals and then the service. More than 300 voices. Splendid to listen to, and very conducive to weaving.


Friday, 1 March 2013

Day 29: The Wisdom of LouLou

"You can use a ruler as a spoon, but probably not a spoon as a ruler"

This was the third of four mugs of tea that I made and failed to drink before they went cold, so busy was I talking to visitors. I eventually went and sought refuge in the cafe with a POT of tea and a Bakewell tart.

It felt as though I did not make much weaving progress, but nevertheless:-


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