Roanna Wells has only recently graduated form Manchester School of Art and was using picture of clouds as inspiration for large embroidered pictures. She used a fine crepeline and dark threads to create pictures that were a series of marks. She was using the thread showing through on the back as well as the front to create depth. being able to see the threads on the back is something I have been thinking about a lot recently. Its like the bones of the work. Roanna was using it to great effect and made beautifully shaded pictures.
Serena Partridge was there making tiny little shoes and gloves. I have seen her work before and its about the eccentricities of fashion and she makes amazing little things and displays them in old boxes like they have always been there. She has the most incredible patience to make them.
Rosalind Wyatt was stitching text from old letters onto cloth as part of an ancestral project. She comes form a background of calligraphy and uses this to recreate the text onto clot Her stitching is minute and exquisite in its recreation from the original. I stitch text quite often but she reproduced it so accurately that it was incredible.
There were lots of other amazing artist and crafters but these are the ones who really stuck with me. I had been mildy concerned that as I have been feeling quite off that meeting and talking to very talented people would make me just weep in a corner but actually I found it very refreshing and i came home full of ideas and itching to get started on something...... great timing as the school term ends in about and hours time and for the next 6 weeks my time will be limited!
These are a couple of picture I took of the roof of one of the tents as it looked amazing with the foliage on it, almost like a Japanese screen.
I will bore you with things I bought on another day!