Oh my! The shopping is amazing at the Festival of Quilts! I could have bought SO much more than I did. Um, if only I had the money that is. There is everything at this show – all the fabrics, threads, stabilisers, paints, dyes, doodads and watsits you could ever need. And I really enjoyed doing a bit more than browsing
I bought a couple of thermafax screens, a variety of machine and hand threads, Liberty fabric scraps, a mixture of applicators, dyeable fabrics, and plenty more.
I bought 4 quite varied books at the festival and these were just the ones that I felt I couldn’t leave without. To help me with my sketchbook habit and learning to find my artistic ‘voice’ I bought “Finding Your Own Visual Language” by Jane Dunnewold, Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan. It contains a series of exercises that can help you to try out different marks and ways of making them and changing them in order to naturally ‘bring out’ what your own voice is. I need to find a sketchbook to dedicate to this and then create a daily sketching habit. Mostly it’s not drawing but more making marks and shapes, which is a better place for me to start, I think. A very different book on sketchbooks is “Under The Cover” by Frances Pickering. Inside it is colourful and playful and seems to be a polished and printed version of her own sketchbooks but telling the story of how a sketchbook works. It’s a beautiful book so I’ve put it by the bed to read before I go to sleep at night.
Another beautiful and inspirational (or even aspirational book) is Dual Journey in Stitch by Pat Archibald and Gillian Travis. After attending a workshop by Pat I was inspired to do more work in her strain – colour + markal paintsticks. I went to look at her stand to see her display pieces and the vivid pinks, reds, blues etc. were beautiful and the theme of India was very attractive to me. So I’m going to read about her and Pat’s individual journeys through this country and what they created afterwards in the hope of drawing out some of my travelling experiences and.
Lastly, before this post becomes incredibly long, I bought a book on tray dyeing. I watched one of the artists doing some dyeing in the virtual studio (such a good idea) and basically just bought the book so that I could follow the instructions and do similar dyeing myself. I have done some tray dyeing before but there are plenty of techniques I haven’t investigated.
And I won this last item! I love the charity raffle that they always have at the Festival of Quilts and I seem to be quite lucky. Two years ago I won a beautiful rainbow mini-quilt and this year it was a wonderful book wrap and notebook in beautiful batik fabric that I received. How nice is this?
On the inside is the notebook and a pocket for keeping handy bits and pieces or random things that I find on my travels.