One thing I noticed on my recent trip to Sydney, especially in the city centre, was how many of the small boutique style shops and galleries had closed. There is a sameness in a lot of big centres now with malls and franchises taking so much business away from the small shop owner, that it is a struggle to keep your door open. The whole advent of online shopping has also made it so much harder for these small boutique shops to remain viable unless selling online. [Read more…] about Demise Of The Little Shop
I absolutely love this gentleman’s work and he is one of my favourite textile artists. He uses mainly recycled materials, a threadbare wedding dress, velvet curtains from an old hotel, vintage embroidered linens to create his highly detailed pieces.
In his words, “A story sewn in, woven in.” [Read more…] about Mr Finch ~ “Textile artist who lives in a fairytale world”
What a wonderful time I had on my Sydney trip, catching up with my family, meeting my new great nephew, seeing old friends and making new ones. Not to mention the exhibitions, festivals, beaches, mountains, food and wine!
A few months ago I was asked to be part of the Cover Up exhibition at the Russell Henderson Gallery at Central Stories in Alexandra. This is being held in association with The Wool Away Exhibition – A History of Sheep and Sheep Stations in Central Otago.
One of the great joys for me of being a working craftsperson, is the challenge and enjoyment of creating pieces for exhibition. These pieces are a labour of love and created for the sheer pleasure of making them.
When I made the website, my friend who helped me said I would need a blog. My first reaction was nooooo, then I found once I started, I enjoyed writing a blog. I assumed that my posts would all be about textile related subjects, but I think it may veer off into other subjects as time progresses, like today’s post.