Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Stroud and the Forest of Dean
On the way to the Forest of Dean today, Gill and I decided to stop at a craft centre we happened to come across on the journey to Coleford . I had hitched a lift with Gill, and as we were running a little early, we had time to call in. Here is the view from the Car Park of the centre. Isn't it idyllic, if you enlarge the photo ( click on it) you will see the top of a thatched cottage and the thatchers' signature is a fish. Quite unusual, I thought.
Gill and I met up in Stroud and after a delicious lunch in a local hostelry, we wandered along to the International Textile Festival. An Exhibition had caught Gill's eye, it was called Make Do and Mend. It was an installation, and had a First world war aura. However it was advertised as "Alice in Wonderland " world. It was quite a small exhibiting space, but the 7 artists exhibiting had worked well together. The entrance was particularly inviting.
The Exhibition is running until Saturday.. so go along if you are in the area.
We then sauntered along to the Subscription Rooms and viewed the Ikat weaving on display. An added attraction there was a bookstore with very specialised textile books. Have to say Gill and I were very restrained, as neither of us added to our vast collection of books. Think that is a first for both of us.
It was certainly really inspiring to discuss the exhibitions with a like minded textile chum. Most enjoyable, thanks Gill.