Drat the antipodies.

Well, as you heard no great screams of delight you will have got the message that I did not win either of the Australian awards. I am a bit disappointed but to be short listed was really good and I was in some very good company on the short list, most of whom didn’t win either. Both the winning images were faces which was interesting, the Australian Tapestry Workshop seem to do a lot of portraits so I wonder if that might be why.

I got home last week to find an email in my inbox from a gallery in Dartmouth asking for more images of my work. They do a ‘Rising Stars’ exhibition in November showcasing artists who graduated this year. I am not holding my breath, the guy asked what medium I worked in so it isn’t as if he has seen a wonderful bit of my tapestry and wants to show it.

I am currently scurrying around trying to get two small tapestries done to put in for a juried exhibition in Princes Risborough. I did the first okay but the second I didn’t like so am doing it again but at 4 ends to the centimetre not 3, it just looked really chunky and clunky. I am then going to try to get a weaving done for a call for ‘still life’ which has come from a gallery in Twickenham. I know they have had exhibitions of weaving before so hope they will be sympathetic. It would be so good to get a weaving in an ‘art exhibition’ not just a ‘tapestry exhibition’.

We are off the see the BTG exhibition in York next week, followed by a trip to Kendal to see a Graham Sutherland exhibition and then down to the Tate Liverpool to see the Chagall exhibition – ooh that reminds me got to book tickets for the Chagall.

Below is an image of one of the small tapestries for Princes Risborough. It looks a bit wobbly round the edges but that is because it hasn’t been blocked out yet. This won’t be the photo I send for assessment to the gallery but I think blogs without pictures are a bit boring, especially artistic blogs. Although my Visual Arts tutor will not agree as his art is words. Don’t ask, it’s all a bit beyond me.HildaHaving decided to call many of my tapestries after girls names in order to maintain some sort of ambiguity, I decided out of the blue to call this one ‘Hilda’. I haven’t used names of people I know until now but it seems appropriate as I found out last Friday week that my friend Hilda had died that morning. She was 92 (ish) and didn’t really understand the idea of me going back to college, in fact her daughter told me she thought I was teaching rather than being a student. Bless, her was a lovely lady and I shall miss her so it seems right to keep this name, it was meant to be.

The application for funding has gone backwards. Yes they now want details of PJ’s income from PJ on a separate form and with a different ‘customer reference number’. How they are ever going to link it to my application I have no idea, in fact they won’t will they? The waiting time of 2 weeks for assessment has now gone up to 4 weeks due to the 18 year olds all getting ‘A’ level results and changing their minds about their courses. So it might arrive by the start of term it might not. Who knows? College have been really good and have rearranged my bursary so they pay for the whole of the first term which gives me until after Christmas to hope Student Finance can sort themselves out.


Sorry this was longer than intended. I will post again when I hear about the show in Princes Risborough and after that it will be back to college posts.


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