One of the things I've been doing, is getting different fabrics ordered. This is partly so I have something to sew onto, as I try to turn my sketches into new textiles pieces, but it's also needed for mounting my existing work. I have space in my Orchard Square studio for a small exhibition and I want to use this opportunity to get my work properly presented, not least, so I can see it as a body of work, rather than just bits and pieces in a drawer.
As textiles is all entirely new territory, I've had to work out how to do it. I didn't want glass frames, because it felt counter to the textures of the work, but also because some bits, like the church, are a bit big. So, I have pressed John into service making wooden stretchers. Then I've covered these in loomstate cotton. This provides a gorgeous, taught surface to which I can attach the artwork, which allows me to keep the raw, uneven edges. These mounts are light too, which is good, because I have to hang the work without screwing into the walls of the studio.
I've mounted 10 pieces, of very different shapes and sizes. The church is the biggest: about metre square once mounted. I might not have room to exhibit them all, but I've decided to mount them anyway and work it out when I get there.
Please come and see me if you are local. I am putting up the exhibition this Friday, September 1st, so I think I'll need to be left alone that day, but I am open for visitors from Saturday September 2nd until I finish on Friday 29th. As a rule of thumb, you're probably best popping in after lunch, as I might be sketching around the shop in the mornings. It's also a good idea to check my availability calendar too, because there are a few days in the half of the month when I won't be there, because of prior bookings.
Wish me luck!