Monday, 31 October 2011

Wish you were here...

At the moment there are some FANTSTIC exhibitions on wherever you are in the country but I've picked out 4 of my favourites from some of the galleries I love to visit, a sort of 'To Do' list if you like and I thought I might share it with you.

1. Donna Wilson at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire.
There's an article all about her in this months CRAFS magazine- in fact, she's on the cover. Wilson is a scottish designer who brings her playful collection of knits to Yorkshire from the 19th November. Check it out here.

2. Leonardo da Vinci at The National Gallery, London.
Now obviously Leonardo won't be there himself but this is an exhibition of his paintings (the largest ever) and it should be a stunner. I recon well worth a visit to London just to see it, and maybe a stop in on my friends Lou and Laura on the way...and on the way back! It starts on November 9th and you can check it out here.

3. Reggie's Roller Palace by Olivia Brown at Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales.
Ruthin is one of my favourite galleries to go to, the space is fantastic and the shop is also rather good for a cheeky shopping trip too! The exhibition houses over 100 canine spectators to the Canine Rola-Dance. The exhibition is accompanied by 'Baskets' in gallery 3 which features 9 Contemporary Artists working within the art of basketry. You can check them both out here but best get there sharpish as these close on November 6th.

4. Lost in Lace at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham.
This is a groundbreaking exhibition showing Lace as you've never seen it before. Work from international artists including one of my favourites Michael Brennand Wood. The exhibition runs until Feb 19th 2012 but I'm going to see it on Sunday, very excited! You can check it out here.

Let me know if you get to see any of them and what you think. I'll update you next week on the lace exhibition.

Happy visiting! x

Sunday, 30 October 2011

A New Start

So, Devon didn't quite turn out to be the heaven I thought it would be so...I decided to move back home- up North. My parents are naturally loving me for the move and the return of all my things, but I've picked myself up, dusted myself off and as the song goes, started all over again!

For 4 months I lived in Devon, working on the farm and also at my placements. I worked at the British Wool Marketing Board in a male dominated environment (which was daunting to say the least), at Cold Harbour Mill- definitely worth a visit if you ever find yourself in that area of the country, and at Fox Brothers, in historic surroundings preparing sample cards for prestigious clients! Thought I'd share with you some pictures of my time...

...At Cold Harbour Mill...
Cones on the Warping Creel
Plying Yarns

Cupboard in the Dye House

Colour Palette?

Old Spools...

...And at Fox Brothers...

Shop Stock

Current Collection

Clock In, Clock Out the Current Stock

You can see more of those images on my Flickr Photostream along with more pictures of the farm and my time in Devon.

Since I have been back, I have well and truly been getting my Craft on again, developing new ideas and products for my new Etsy shop 'Handmade by Charlotte Nash' and for local craft fairs, so keep your eyes peeled there.

I will be at Croft Primary School on November 18th for their Ladies Shopping and Pamper night so if you are around, come and join in the fun- if not keep an eye open after that date for new additions to my shop perfect for Christmas gifts!

In the meantime, it's good to be back and wishing you all Happy Crafting! xx