So there I was…

all ready to start a big tapestry to enter for the Cordis prize next year. It was all planned, a diptych each piece being 1.5 metres high and 80cm wide. Not huge in tapestry standards but it was going to be the biggest thing I had undertaken.

Then, by chance I mentioned this to a friend she said ‘oh they’ve changed the criteria this year, it’s going to be a maximum of 75cm and a minimum of 25cm. I think’.

Yes, she was right so what do I do now? I have spent ages dyeing the yarns and have woven about 12 centimetres, this was mainly selvedge so that’s not so bad and as you can see below the image so far is not complicated. It was the warping up that nearly killed me. Because I wanted to weave right from the bottom of the frame to the top I did it without a shed so I had to wrap the warps round 500 times. The old leggies complained a lot the next day.IMG_0705

So now what do I do? The good news is that I have to weave something much smaller, the area of a tapestry 75cm square is almost a quarter of what I was going to try to weave and I knew I was looking at a summer of slaving over a weaving frame and not sitting in the garden drinking Pimms, so that’s good, Pimms here I come. The bad news is that I now have to weave something else as I refuse to weave the same thing but smaller, if anything it needs to be bigger, like 2 metres high so I shall save that for next year, hopefully when there is less pressure.

I have just emailed the Cordis Prize people to ask if a circle 75cm in diameter would fit. Hopefully it will, I have just gone a bit circular lately.

Last weekend we went to London and saw some photographic exhibitions. The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the year, which has some stunning images in it and the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year which didn’t. Now don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t have taken any of the photo’s but my main whinges were two. Firstly why were only one or two of them taken in the UK. It is so easy to be wowed by a photo of an exotic animal in an exotic place, surely the skill of a photographer is shown when you put them into a boring old field in Kent on a rainy September day and then they come back with a work of art. Well, maybe not exactly but you get my drift. Secondly many of the photos were taken in hides and the photographer was not present because the shot was triggered by a motion sensor. Surely that is just luck? And I now have a thirdly, underwater cameras? That’s an expensive hobby but I do always love photo’s of jelly fish and octopi (octopusses?).

The one that won was of a Red Fox ripping an Arctic Fox to pieces. The implication was that the Artcic Fox was already dead and it was a very good photo , but….

I like hares and the image below was taken in the cairngorms (by Rosamund Macfarlane) so I thought I would like it but there is something about it that I find disconcerting, the scale looks wrong, the hare could be six feet high and it looks a bit mean. It did make the front of the calender so I must be in a minority, although maybe not there were still alot of 2016 calenders waiting to be sold in the shop.

... / Bestsellers / Wildlife Photographer of the Year wall calendar 2016

This was my favourite one:

It is a Temminck’s ground pangolin which is an endangered species living in South Africa and was taken by Tristan Dicks. You only have to look at my brief forays into photography to know why I liked this.

And surprise surprise this was my favourite from the Pink Lady Food Photography Awards.

We also went to another exhibition at the Natural History Museum with photo’s of planets and things in it. There is another rant there so I will save that for next time.