2 weeks ago saw the start of a much anticipated event, the Jersey Textile Showcase. Arranged by the Harbour Gallery, top textile artists from all over the UK flocked to Jersey to come and teach a series of full or half day workshops. My goodness I was excited!
I had 2 full days booked with Kim Thittichai, who specialises in 'hot textiles'. (Check out her blog and her time in Jersey here) Well I couldn't believe it, disaster struck and I came down with a terrible virus the day before my classes. I'm talking not being able to leave the house type illness. To say I was gutted was an understatement. But such is life, and I was lucky enough to meet Kim on the Friday at the Showcase Gala dinner. What a wonderful, colourful lady she is. I mean that metaphorically and literally - even her hair matched her turquoise top!!
On the Saturday I attended an afternoon workshop with Ineke Berlyn, working with Lutrador. It was so much fun, and I was thrilled with the little picture that I made.
I simply adore all of Ineke's work, and I can't wait to experiment more with this style of working. Lutrador is such a wonderful, versatile product, I really want to spend more time exploring the possibilities. Here's Ineke herself with a simply gorgeous sample that she made.
My final workshop with local Textile Artist Christine Witham experimenting with making decorative flowers. I decided to make a Sunflower...and it worked a treat because the very next day the sun came out so that I could get a decent photograph.
I'm so sad the showcase has ended. It's been such a wonderful event, and I've learnt so much in just a few short hours and it's left me wanting more. Not to mention meeting some wonderful, talented and lovely people. And all on my doorstep too :-))
PS Are you a textile artist/quilter who wants to come to Jersey to teach? Do drop me a line and I'll see if I can make it happen!