Update from Awards Day onwards.

Well, Awards Day seemed to go okay. My brother came over from the US and brought my Mum down for the day. It was nice because as well as getting the bit of paper telling me I now have a Postgraduate Diploma in Tapestry Weaving and Textile Art I was also awarded the ‘Valerie Power Prize’. Valerie Power was a weaver at West Dean some years ago and each year the weaver who has done the most amazing things gets awarded the prize. Cynics including myself might say I was the ONLY weaver but I still did amazing things.

The London show went well, although we did not have many visitors. One tutor who came said she thought we did quite well and bigger name shows often don’t have more than 20 visitors a day, so that was a bit comforting.

That week I also had my Qest interview. There were eight on the panel, which was rather daunting and I was supposed to hear by the 28th but hadn’t heard anything so I assumed I was unsuccessful. I emailed them and they have put off the decision date for another couple of weeks. So more waiting.

Below is an image of the latest thing I am weaving. It is for the Gridshell exhibition and looks like (or will look like) the structure of the gridshell which is also very like a larkspur seed pod. Back to pods and things again. This is it being woven flat (sorry, stating the obvious there) and will turn into a sphere once it is cut off (hopefully). This shows one twelfth of the whole thing, so there are another 11 ‘fish’ shapes to go. I had hoped to finish it by the end of the weekend but I think painting Mum’s bathroom might get in the way of that.

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Almost there

Yes I did get to the end of term and finished the tapestry.

Here is an image:

2014 Summer Shows 140704_0011aIt looks a bit wonky, probably because it is, just don’t ask me to go into the vagaries of supplementary warps and what they can do when you cut the piece off the scaffold frame. There is more than this in the show so here follows more photos. Just catching up with all the ones I’ve neglected to post over the last few months.

2014 Summer Shows 140704_0009aAnd:

2014 Summer Shows 140704_0014aAnd:

2014 Summer Shows 140704_0017aAnd this is a shot of the whole area:

2014 Summer Shows 140704_0001My tutors said there was too much black on the walls. Well some of them thought it, I mentioned it to one of them today who seemed surprised at that particular bit of criticism.

The good news is that next week I have an interview with Qest. That is the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, to try to get some more funding. As probably only about 1% of applicants get an interview that is pretty good. I cannot decide if I am totally terrified or excited. The interview is with trustees, skills advisors and the chairman of the trust, I get 5-10 minutes to put forward my case and then I guess about the same amount of time to answer questions. It is such a prestigious thing to be a Qest Scholar, it will be so exciting if I do get picked. I have asked for funding for one term for next year so fingers crossed.

Next week we also have the London show, so roll on next Sunday when it will all be over and I can draw breath for a few minutes before launching into the next big thing which is a show at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton in September. Hopefully over the holiday I will post photos of my work for the show as it progresses and will also post the web address as I am writing a website for the show which is called ‘Collective’. When I say writing I mean I am using one of those sites which helps you write your own web site. Even so it is a bit of a steep learning curve.

Awards Day tomorrow so must go and check my party frock is all spick and span.