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So Many Things, So Little Time!

Some of us aren’t rushing around in a panic…


But some of us are!

I did manage to fit in an amazing exhibition yesterday however.  It’s funny, an exhibition of basket making didn’t ring any bells at all with me and left to my own devices I wouldn’t have gone.  But Partner-in-Crime, Kit had been told things, and said we had to go, and I’m so glad I didn’t miss it…

It’s ‘Basketry – making human nature’ at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich. I’t’s only on until 22nd May and if you can possible get there – do, it’s amazing…

This was the one and only photograph I was allowed to take and doesn’t do justice to this amazing piece made by Ueno Masao from finely split bamboo which turns this huge window into an eye.

I just loved this piece by Laura Ellen Bacon…

… which she constructed in situ.  The Sainsbury Centre is so industrial in construction, so modern in it’s materials it’s very thought provoking  to see something  natural and organic growing out of its surroundings.

The Sainsbury Centre Shop (which is brilliant, and where I was able to buy a birthday pressie for a VIP!!!) had a signed book of Laura Ellen Bacon’s work which I had to buy (and one day soon I hope to have time to read)

Mary Butcher

Ueno Masao

But that was a happy little interlude in amongst the busy, busy business!

So you must be wondering what’s been going on, and I’m terribly behind in telling you all the exciting news. 

First, do you remember this post about our visit to Hoveton Hall Gardens?  Well, shortly after our visit,  a new gift shop opened there, selling  locally sourced crafts unique to the area.  And there can be found a little flock of Planet Penny creatures, waiting to find new homes.  I’m all set to buy a season ticket, and quickly too, because I hear the Rhodedendrons and Azaleas are amazing right now, (and apart from that, there are plants to buy, and a tea shop…cake…say no more!)

Scarily, too, Open Studios is THIS MONTH!!! Kit and I will be opening the studio doors for three weekends at the end of the month and the beginning of June.  We’ve never done it before, and don’t know what to expect, but if you are near enough to visit please come, it would be so nice to meet you, (and if you want more details you can email me through the tab at the top of the blog.)

And of course the icing on the cake is the Pick n’Mix Market which takes place the weekend after Open Studios is over. Can you see why I haven’t been around much?!

The felting needle is smoking!

I’ll be back soon to show you what I’ve been doing but in the meantime, I will leave you with Violet the Sheep…

… and I’ll dash off to work on her brothers and sisters!

See you soon x

Unearthing Henry Moore


Hooray for the Sainsbury Centre and their excellent exhibitions.  I really didn’t know that Henry Moore the sculptor was also a textile designer until the brochure popped through the door.   Yesterday was a day for abandoning the weeds and the studio and setting off with friends for a morning of culture.  (I even vacuumed the car, how about that?!)

It was a fascinating exhibition and really opened my eyes as to the possibilities of making patterns and designs out completely unrelated ideas.  Flowers and barbed wire, zigzags and safety pins, horses heads and boomerangs.

 Some of the colour combinations were subtle and lovely, some were harsh and unapealing, scarlet and green with grey and black together do nasty things inside my head. 

We hadn’t even known about the second exhibition, ‘Unearthed’. When we bough our tickets we were each given a small clay figure, each very individual.  

 We could keep them, but there would  be an occasion to break them at some point.  All the items on display were little figurines, not from any one particular time frame or even area, but brought together to highlight the way humans through the ages have felt the need, alongside the the daily effort of living, to make these tiny treasures. 

We reached the point where we were invited to break our little figures and drop them into a perspex case as a representation of the way these things destroyed by time and then lay forgotten but we were quite unable to part with them.  In fact I was tempted to reach into the case and see if I could rescue any!  This brought up some interesting thoughts as to and how protective and possessive we felt about something we had only been given a short while ago. 

Definitely a thought provoking exhibition and I would recommend a visit.

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