Monthly Archives: March 2016

Meet the artist – Etcetera at Ryedale

Work by Sandra Wyman

Work by Sandra Wyman

Whilst I am enjoying a very relaxed 4 day weekend in my studio Linda Bilsborrow and Sandra Wyman from my exhibiting group Etcetera will be at Ryedale Folk Museum tomorrow (Saturday) between 2pm and 4pm for a ‘meet the artist’ event.

The seven members of Etcetera have created seven very different interpretations of the word ‘Transitions’. Linda’s Lifeline series deals with the transitions between different life stages – the phases of our lives that we all go through but cannot really see until we look backwards. Sandra has created a series of pieces that are autobiographical and represent a time of profound personal transition and self-discovery.

The Museum is in Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire. The exhibition runs until Saturday 7th May.

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Hidden Messages 2 and 3 at Ryedale Folk Museum

Hidden Message 2

Hidden Message 2

The best thing for me about the Etcetera exhibition at Ryedale is the opportunity to show Hidden Messages 2 and 3 in their final form. Both started life as more conventional quilts, albeit that Hidden Messages 3 was finished as 4 banners. But I was never happy with them. So I cut them each into 12 individual 16×16 inch pieces and stretched over canvas. And then put them away as I didn’t even have space to photograph them. But here they are now. I think it was worth the wait!

Hidden Message 3

Hidden Message 3

 

Transitions by Etcetera

The Etcetera exhibition opened at Ryedale Folk Museum yesterday and will run until 7th May. The museum is in Hutton-le-Hole, a very picturesque village in North Yorkship. Admission to the art gallery is free. We will be running a few meet the artist events as below and hope that you can join us!

Saturday 26th March: Linda Bilsborrow and Sandra Wyman
Sunday 17th April: Julie Bunter and Sandra Wyman
Saturday 23rd April: Leah Higgins and Linda Bilsborrow

Here are a few images, more to follow.

View from the entrance of the gallery

View from the entrance of the gallery

Work by Julie Bunter and Linda Bilsborrow

Work by Julie Bunter and Linda Bilsborrow

Last minute preparations ….

Tomorrow we will be hanging the next Etcetera exhibition at Ryedale Folk Museum and Art Gallery. I’ve spent a good hour this evening walking around in circles trying to check if I have everything we might need packed and ready for an early start. Yes I wrote a check list a couple of weeks ago and have been diligently ticking off items as I have collected them but that hasn’t stopped that slightly panicked feeling. After all it can’t hurt to have a back up screw driver for the back up screw driver can it? And will one hammer really be enough??

And of course there is always something that is last minute – in this case it was getting handouts printed. I had planned to get them printed, collected and prepared at the weekend but life hadn’t read my plan so now I’m sat folding 200 double sided A3 sheets in half. The things we do for our art!

 

On a retreat – good company and great news!

Last week I spent 5 lovely days with 10 other members of the Contemporary Quilt group on a retreat at Rydal Hall in the Lake District. I took my ipad with the expectation that I would be able to blog whilst there. That didn’t work out as the wireless network was too, too slow for WordPress. I did, with some patience (and a little bit of swearing), manage to read my email and got the most wonderful news. My Ruins 4 quilt has been selected for Quilt Visions 2016! I floated on a cloud of smugness for the rest of the week!! Which must have been rather irritating for my fellow retreat members. Sorry about that.

One of the great things about the retreat is the amount of sharing we do. We share ideas, we share materials and we find solutions to problems together. All done with lots of coffee, cake and the odd glass of wine. Everybody is encouraged to bring a book or books that they have found inspirational in the previous 12 months. There was a wonderful variety but I fell in love with this one. I think the level of neatness and precision appeals to my ‘tidy’ gene and it definitely got me thinking about how some of my breakdown prints would look as book covers. I am not somebody who uses sketchbooks or notebooks routinely as part of my design process but I do love the idea of owning them. Maybe making my own would encourage me to use them?