Friday, 24 July 2009

Summer Retreat at Urchfont

I recently spent five days at Urchfont, with thirteen friends who are teachers and practitioners of textile art in many of its forms. It was a brilliant time. We had no domestic demands or duties to distract us so could concentrate on developing our ideas, cementing our friendships and learning from one another.

Here are Gill and Penny busy at their workstations.

While Nita, Liz, Sara and Dorothy catch up in their different ways.

Dorothy kindly modelled a protoype t-shirt I'd made for me to evaluate.

While Sal dyed this fabric in glorious autumnal shades, and we developed it into a reversible top - with either a waistband or

a cowl neckline. Would you have guessed it began life as a tube of car-wash cloth?! Of course, Sal could make just about anything look elegant!


Susan said...

Hi Sue!
Your recent class looked like much more fun than the one I was in. Thanks for the comment on my blog...and I agree with you. The last piece I pictured is hardly finished. I can't stand NOT having a focal point and NOT providing real content! Working from a totally non-objective view is next to impossible for me! I want content. By the way, I don't think I ever wrote to tell you just how beautiful your costumes for the dance company turned out. They are beautiful and I'm sure the dancers enjoyed moving in such works of art. Please blog about your trip to Austria! Annica ( Sweden) and several other Swedes and I are going for a class with Sara this coming fall. I'm very excited. Having met Sara last summer at the Swedish Embroidery symposium, I can wholeheartedly testify to her fantastic personality, fiber art, great stories, and assure you that you will have the time of your life!
PS I just love all your photos on the other blog too!

Tiggy Rawling said...

That looks like a great workshop/getaway. Isn't it good just 'doing' with like minded people, and being fed and watered as well?!!