Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day two, Bury St. Edumuds

Pronounced "berry." After the guy at the Apple store made my life sunny again, Maggie and I did some errands in town. 1) Marks & Spencer for their tea, which I can't live without and can no longer get in the U.S.  2) Waitrose for McVities wholemeal digestive biscuits - ditto.  3) Barclay's bank ATM machine for GBPs.

After the errands we happened upon an art exhibit in the local gallery and I was delighted to see that there was quite a bit of textile art included.

This was a costume or skirt of some kind that had been altered interestingly. (the radiator behind the piece was not part of the exhibit)
The pleated part (which actually is not that out of sync with the radiator, come to think of it) has segments of a paper map between the pleats.  And around the perimeter of the bottom skirt, photo transfers. A bit strange but this was a juried show, so who knows?
There was a lot of textile/mixed media among the works on paper, photos, and paintings.  I was happy to see this.
This was monotype on book.  I wondered what the other pages looked like and whether they, too, had been altered.
Thread on paper.  On this next one, I couldn't get a picture without the reflection but it is a fabric and paper collage, stitched. Honestly, I have seen much more interesting stuff right here amongst us.
The label on the next piece said "batik and machine." I thought that was a rather odd description but when I looked closely, I saw that it was a collage of batik on a paper ground, then stitched with decorative (and automatically set) stitches. Hmmm.

Plastic wire wrapped with thread.

On the way back to the house I prevailed upon Maggie to stop at the pig farm so I could take pictures of these large creatures. Imagine!
Tomorrow in the predicted rain, who knows what adventures we will have?  Today, McVities and art were enough to make me as happy as these pigs.


Carol J. said...

I am so happy to see photos of Bury St. Edmunds. We were stationed at RAF Mildenhall 30 years ago and Bury was our big shopping town. I miss England and hope to get back sometime. My husband was in the US Navy. Thanks for the memories

Gail P said...

lovely to see what you're up to!!

Sandy said...

Hi Rayna,
Glad you are here! Looking forward to meeting you on Tuesday!

Don't eat the blue berries on yesterday's plant, they are poisonous.

Just a heads up about the class. Several of us are frantically trying to locate the Elmer's blue gel glue with no success. Apparently someone in Contemporary Quilt found some a couple years ago, but they don't do it any more.

So, being a teacher myself, I thought you might like a heads up that you will have a class full of students with random "washable glues" that they hope will work!

Anyway, we are looking forward to the class!
Sandy in Bracknell, Berks, UK

Regina Dwarkasing said...

Hi Rayna,

Just wishing you a lovely stay in Great Britain with lots of enthusiast students and great experiences,

Regina, Sint Maarten

Eva said...

Love these strolls! Thanks for taking us along!

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