Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Work in Progress

This is my travelling frame, 6"x9", which will fit four (two on the front and two on the reverse) of the small tapestries for Portsmouth Cathedral. It means that each day's weaving can be cut off, boxed and the book made ready for display the next day. It also means a great saving of warp!

The first one is for Peter Newman, Australian winner of the 200m Silver at the 1968 Olympics; an unsung hero of the Civil Rights movement, he died in 2006 but was not honoured by the Australian government until 2012.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Sample Story Boxes

5cm square boxes with concertina booklet in the lid, ready to contain memorial tapestries. Chinese gold-flecked tissue, Lokta Washi and Mitsumata Washi.

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The Palette for Portsmouth

All eighty-seven colours of weaversbazaar 18/2 wool gorgeousness. Eighty-seven! Not even a clam could be this happy.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Essential Preparations for a 3D Tapestry

Paper maquette (third version)
Greyboard spacers

Now to rebuild the Ashford loom (the cartoon has been scaled to fit it exactly) and warp up......

I Made Rope!

As part of my trial day, I learned to use the scaled down rope 'walk' in order to be able to demonstrate to visitors. I also shadowed on two tours, ate in the mess, and learned some splendid dockyard slang, which I intend to incorporate into my conversation at every opportunity. Next time I hope to meet Mr Knotty and add to my repertoire of knots. Although I got rather cold (nowhere near enough layers for a large, draughty boatshed) I really enjoyed myself.
Now to work out my volunteer days with the management.

And seek out my sailing thermals!

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Looking Forward.....

After a largely unbloggable few weeks, I can announce something exciting!The dates for my Portsmouth Cathedral Residency have now been confirmed:-

March 4-8, 12-15 and 19-20.

I shall be there each of these days from 10:00-17:00 although on some of them I am involved with workshops or other events which mean I shall be unavailable to visitors. There is an evening reception on 19th from 18:30-20:00 which is open to all to see the work produced. I shall also attempt to blog every day or so.

Tomorrow, I will be embracing my inner Rosie the Riveter. I have a trial day as a volunteer at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard - in the small boats shed, Boathouse 4. Ropes! Rusty Things! Boats! Mysterious Tools! I expect to be very happy.....
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