It’s hard to believe how quickly the year is going: already the Intermediate/Advanced Course is well under way. It’s always lovely to see everyone again after the summer break.
Lots has been happening over our summer – it was very busy, and not a break at all!
First there was my exhibition, ‘Chocolates and Emotions’ at Ucheldre, in Holyhead; then the Region 13 quilt exhibition at Bangor Cathedral; finally we were very involved with the traveling exhibition ‘Spirit of the Celts‘ which came to Oriel Ynys Mon, where it opened on Saturday 3rd August and had its final day on Sunday 15th September. It got wonderful reviews and visitor comments. ‘Spirit’ is now in Scotland and will open at the McLean Art Gallery and Museum, Greenock (on the River Clyde) on St Andrew’s Day, Saturday 30th November. I hope the people of Scotland get as much from our exhibition as residents and visitors to Anglesey did. I spoke to some lovely people in the gallery and some of them made two, three or even four visits, which is wonderful!
Thank you to everyone who came and a big thank you for all your lovely comments. The textile work in the exhibition was produced by 27 artists belonging to three different groups: Loose Threads from Northern Ireland, Turning Point from Scotland and last, but not least, the new kids on the block, Cwilt Cymru from Wales.
Members of Cwilt Cymru are well spread across Wales, living in Cardiff in the south, Anglesey in the north, Aberystwyth in the west, Ruthin in the east, and several points in between. I’m the member who lives on Anglesey. Currently we are preparing work, with guest artists, for our next touring exhibition which has the theme ‘Connection’.
I’m also working towards a one-woman-show at Oriel Ynys Mon (the Anglesey Gallery) in 2015 and there don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. It’s good to have a deadline. I’m really enjoying experimenting with new approaches to my work.
This weekend, 5th and 6th October, I’ll be giving a talk and workshop to Region 15W of the Quilters’ Guild in Cumbria: the talk is ‘The Butterfly has Two Wings’ (I know they have four!) and I’ll be teaching Free Machine Quilting in the workshop. I’m really looking forward to it – I love meeting people, especially quilters, and it’s ages since I was in the Lake District – always a treat!