Sunday night is always a good time to think about what I need to do next week and what I have been doing over the last couple of weeks.
Last week I was in Derbyshire again, teaching the last of the residential classes for 2017. It was a fun week, teaching Interchange and Notan again. I always like teaching this class as there are so many different approaches and ways that students can work, everyone comes up with different ideas for pieces of textile work.
I managed to get out in the afternoons for some good walks, the weather was not as good as when we were there in early November but here are a couple of photos from around Cromford.
I learnt a couple of things, it is much easier for me with only 7 students rather than the 10 or 12 that I usually have. It was interesting to analyse the different ways that students minds work. I guess my creative mind isn’t really interested in theories I just do it until I achieve something I like, whilst others like to be able to work it all out with a mathematical brain. Teaching can be challenging but that is what keeps me enjoying my teaching.
Here are some of the students work.
I have some time now at home, teaching locally at the Quilt Cabin in Hebden Bridge, time to make up kits that I need for teaching in the next few months, make a few new quilts, tidy my studio, and submit my tax return.
I need to add some new workshops to my list, remove some from my website and think of some new ideas.
I have been spending a huge amount of time planning exhibitions and trips that are coming up in 2018.
A large selection of my Interchange and Inlay quilts (jumpers) will be at various Grosvenor Shows throughout 2018. Here are the advertising pages in the booklet. I don’t think i will be at any of them which is a shame but I think i have too much on, to go specially to look at my quilts on display, and sadly the workshops at smaller quilts shows are not usually well attended
I will be taking some of my Quilts with me when I teach in Germany (Ramstein) , Mexico (Quilt Expo), Australia (Australasian Quilt Convention) , France (Beaujolais), and Germany (Karlsruhe) so this weekend I have been laying my quilts out on the floor, arranging them, measuring the layout and writing all the descriptions. Not my favourite job but it has been a useful exercise.
Today I’ve been printing little jumpers for my teaching so that students can make inlay jumper pin cushions.
I have a couple of new pieces of work.
I’m not sure about this one. The colours are not really the ones I usually use, they are inspired by a photo I took of the estuary at Sidmouth, and the birds – curlews, I think they are too big.
I have been working on my Interlaced Patchwork ideas and made with a new quilt. More work needed before I teach it.
Anything to put off doing a tax return.