Alex and I retired from our part-time jobs in a local school last Friday. I am really going to miss working with young people!
The generous staff in the department sent us home with bunches of beautiful flowers and lots of gardening vouchers that will ensure we stay busy.
We plan to fit in some more travelling over the next few years, while we are still fit enough to do so.
Don’t worry, I have no plans to give up my textile work just yet!
Today has been wet and miserable in this bit of the world but last week we had some days of brilliant sunshine. Last Wednesday I had a really good day working on my textile jewellery. I finished a new necklace that I was pleased with so Alex and I decided that a trip to the beach to enjoy the sunset was overdue.
A new textile necklace
When we arrived the at Widemouth Bay the light was stunning. The reflection of the brilliant blue sky on the the breaking waves made them appear almost fluorescent.
Widemouth Bay near Bude in North Cornwall
Near the beach, the air was laden with spray that glowed in the evening light
A big wave crashing into the headland
I always enjoy the little details as well as the broad seascape
Light effects change very rapidly as the sun sinks down
Another shot of the amazing glow in the spray lit by the setting sun
The glowing sky reflected in the wet sand
Just as the sun dipped under the horizon
Here are some photographs of a meal I recently hosted for a few of my friends. I normally do a post connected with my Christmas meal or cakes but this year I will be away for the holiday season, so this is serving as a substitute.
My Xmas bread with tomato
I regularly have a few friends round on a Friday evening for some wine a chat and perhaps a few nibbles. For Christmas I decided to do something a little fancier with a variety of tasty dishes.
Adding some finishing touches
Just a few dishes to go!
Barbecue chicken with Chinese spice marinade
Sliced steak with asparagus and roast pepper
Deep-fried chicken balls with apricot, shallot and sesame seeds, served with mushroom and pepper
Pan-fried lamb with plum stuffing
The meal also featured smoked salmon with herb cheese bites and Shanghai dumplings
Ready to start eating!
In addition to the food, wine and chatter, we also spent our time doing some felting.
Sorry about the image quality – just quick pics on a phone!
Over the summer I put a lot of effort into some new textile necklaces. I recently sold the one I was most pleased with but I thought I would share a couple of images of the piece.
The Summer Show, the annual exhibition of work by the Devon Guild of Craftsmen membership is on at their Bovey Tracey gallery until 4th September 2016.
This year’s show has no specific theme and features a particularly wide range of exciting work. Wai-Yuk is represented by her “Taunton Kimono”.
The Summer Show Private View
If you have the chance to be in South Devon over the next month, try to get along to see a very fine selection of the best in contemporary craft.
The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AF
Open seven days a week – 10.00am to 5.30pm.
Last weekend we travelled to Antwerp to see an exhibition of kimono by the late Japanese master Itchiku Kubota. Kubota is one of my favourite artists and the chance to see some of his pieces that I only knew in reproduction made the trip a must.
The exhibition was small with just eight kimono, six from the “Symphony of Light” series (the “Universe” set) plus two from his “Mount Fuji” series. The works were fabulous, which I knew they would be, but sadly the quality of the display was very poor with untidy hanging and lighting totally unsuitable for this type of work. The main light came from an internal paved courtyard but this caused so much reflection on the glass that you could only really see the piece directly in front of you. Fortunately we were permitted to take photographs, which is normally strictly forbidden in Kubota exhibits.
Reflections on the glass made viewing very difficult!
The “Universe” set of kimono represents a mythical dragon within Mount Fuji breathing out flames and magma. They form one amazing continous image which was impossible to photograph but I have put together a set of individual photos to show the effect.
The Universe set from “The Festival of Light”
The complexity of the shibori work is amazing
The subtle areas are among the most beautiful
One of the Mount Fuji kimono
The hand-stitched shibori textures are breathtaking!
The other Mount Fuji kimono
Kubota would spend as much as a year working on each kimono
The exhibition runs until the 19th June at MOMU – The Antwerp Fashion Museum. Antwerp itself is not a city I had ever considered visiting but proved to be a very pleasant and enjoyable destination.