Monday, February 23, 2009

My weekend with Susan!

I met up with Susan Lenz on saturday. What a day we had! and before you ask I don't have a picture of us both, we were far too busy talking, and afteri pulled away I thought, you silly girl you forgot! Dur!!!!!
We went here: Crafts in the bay, and we spent a good long time there looking at the Makers guild in Wales work in the gallery. There were some lovely pieces.
Ruth Harries pieces kept us looking and staring for a long while, they are even more beautiful in smaller scale.

I spent ages looking at Claire Cawte's lovely blend of felting and natural fabrics like linen and muslin. Her scarfs and wraps were a delight. I have always been told not to add synthetics to felt but she had with the most wrinkly textured loveliness ever. I loved her pieces, so simple, so strong, delightful!

We went here: The Museum of Welsh life - St. Fagan's. Which is awesome. We had a great time looking through all the historic buildings, and looking at the artifacts. We did get smoked out in a few of them, as the real fires were only just ebing lit as we got there.

Got some nice bits of domestic life... the sewing box...

So the day was really fun, we chatted and chatted and both talked the hind leg off a donkey. The poor waiter in the restaurant kept apologising for desturbing us to serve drink and food, that's how deep in conversation we were! We talked about both our curent pieces of work and I ound a true soul mate in Susan. She is a total inspiration and we found we had such similar views on lots of things.
Here are the gifts I gave Susan, a piece based on the work I have started now for her to hang in her studio, it is plastic and crayon fillings trapped and melted, and then free machined.
I also gave her this small canvas based on my last lot of work. It has painted wallaper, gesso and salt, embellished felt with foil and organza, FME and washers. The strip is painted silver foil fabric paper, couched.
I let her in Cardif to wait for her train and sketch in Cardiff St. Mary's ST. I hope she got on ok. It was a fab day and I am only sorry i didn't get a pic of us - fool!
Finally my foray into crochet has led to this scarf, one of the girls in my workshop group gave the pattern and it was easy to do. Thanks Pauline. I am making a very pink version for Ellie may!


Guzzisue said...

I'm really pleased and more than a little jealous that you managed to meet up and it sound as if you had a wonderful day :-)

arlee said...

I'm really pleased too--and *very* jealous :} Glad you had such a wonderful time with Susan--she is a peach! But then so are you :}

Nellie's Needles said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful day with Susan. I'm almost worn out from just imagining the intensity of your conversations ... having had a few of them with Susan myself.

Deborah said...

Glad you had a good day. But how did you get away with taking those photos in Crafts in the Bay!?!

Alis said...

What a wonderful time you had and saw some wonderful eye candy too.

So glad you got on well, but no photos! And you with a posh new hair do too! Tut!

Papoosue said...

Awww, I'm glad you had such a wonderful time - it's great when you find a like minded person for a good long chat! I bet she loved her pressies from you too, lucky her :-)

Sandy said...

It sounds like a wonderful day. That always renews me.

Genie said...

Hi Carol
glad you had such a lovely day with Susan,