I had worked out everything I wanted to see and had made a small shopping list ( please note small!) First port of call was the Bernina stand, but the foot I wish to get.... will have to order it. All sold out. Shame.
So then I went along to the Val Campbell- Harding Exhibition, Jane Lemon and Maggie Grey have done a wonderful job of the display.
It is excellent. I was really excited about it and looking forward to seeing the work all together, and it was one of the reasons I wished to go to the NEC. However I was not prepared for my reaction at all, it really took me by surprise..... I became very emotional. I realised how fortunate I have been, to have handled and talked to her about many of the exhibits on show today. Very humbling. Huge thank you to Jane, who took me to one side and talked about the new group GWE, and that helped to bring my emotions back under control.
Next stop ..along to Myfanwy.. and here I needed to supplement my stash of machine threads...Myfanwy had all the colours I needed. Also went along to another trader and have bought some moonshadow spray, and some more lutrador to play with - so exciting. Neither were on my shopping list.. whoops!
I then looked at Suhandan Ozay exhibition of Turkish shoes, which she makes.... they are brilliant. They are wedding shoes from the "dowry trunk"
In the entrance to the NEC were some large sculptural columns, quite amazing, made by HeleneSoubeyran, and she has kindly given me permission to show the photo on my blog. These are all her past works... squashed into columns..... amazing.
Spent some more money on stuff that was on my shopping list, that always feels better.
After a cup of tea in the refreshment area, I went back to see Maggie Grey...she was not quite so busy, and she showed me the piece of work she has created over the last 3 days at the K & S... and apologies Maggie I have forgotton the title of it. I have to say the textures are wonderful, and yes, folks she is missing blogging!! See her blog ..Here
I know she will be chatting to you on her blog about the show, as soon as she get's back, and I am sure you will remind me of the title too, Maggie.
Here's a closer look....... of the embellished fabric.
I had a wonderful chat with Audrey Walker at the 62 stand, and was so pleased to finally have met her. Later when I went along to Clyde Oliver's exhibition space ( Embroiderers Guild scholar) Audrey was there chatting to Clyde. He was explaining his present work with shadows, and I felt quite privileged to have visited his blog and so could understand his work. His ideas are brilliant. Have a look at his blog here. Well worth the visit.
His exhibition space was most inspiring, I just love the colour of the slate he works with.
On the journey home I could not help myself.. My thoughts had been deeply influenced by the idea of shadows after listening to Clyde talk to Audrey.I kept watching the shadow of the coach.... how it had no respect for any surface... it always appeared.... except on water. Fascinating..... try watching shadows.
Here's the shadow of the coach along the M40 motorway. Food for thought?
If you have the opportunity to go to the K & S . You will not be disappointed. The next one is at Ally Pally in October, and on the Saturday I shall be there at the CTDG stand.... please say hello.