Monday, 20 June 2011

A lovely day in Winchester!

Well I survived my first day at the Winchester Art Market without too many scratches!  What a lovely day, the sun was shining (well on and off), there were lots of people to talk to and, of course I shared my stall with my old friend and fellow weaver beaver Bethany Athill.  It was so nice to have someone to work with for the day, I'm so used to spending time alone in my little bubble, it can be very isolating, so it was great to bounce ideas and thoughts around with someone of like mind.  Sales were pleasantly surprising, there was loads of interest in our craft and I'm definitely going to make it a regular event for my selling calender.  There is lots to see there, makers from all sorts of disciplines from fine art, textiles, glass, ceramics, photography to vintage stalls selling fabulous old bits and bobs for house and garden.  It never ceases to amaze me the wealth of talent a showcase like this reveals.....where do they all come from?!  And it's such a nice atmosphere, everyone on a level playing field from the offset, no need for comparisons and all that competitive stuff.....yuk!  Just an appreciation for what we've all learnt and how we use it.  Next one is on 17th July, make sure you put it in the diary!!!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Winchester Art Market

Tomorrow I'm going to dip my toe in the water at Winchester's Art and Design market, which is held every 3rd Sunday of the month in Middle Brook Street and up the High Street.  I'll be in Middle Brook Street, by Iceland, so if you  get a chance, pop down and say hello.  It runs from 10 til 4, and there is an opportunity to view and buy lots of lovely hand made goodies direct from the makers and artists.  PLEASE let the weather be good, the forecast is for a reasonably dry day and I just hope that it isn't a repeat of last Sunday.  I was down the seafront at Lee on Solent as part of Lee's Big Day Out and was invited by owner of Gallery 77 (High Street, Lee on the Solent) Jane Tucker, to come down with my little hand loom and do a little weaving demonstration for the crowds.  Unfortunately, the rain started heavy and proceeded to pour in stair rods for the day, and that, together with a Force 9 wind from the sea, helped to make the event a complete washout!  Don't you just love the British weather?!

Nevermind, tomorrow will be lovely I'm sure.........hope to see you there! : )

Monday, 6 June 2011

Tracy Evans Textiles: Now available at...........

Tracy Evans Textiles: Now available at...........: "I'm happy to announce that two more shops are stocking a small range of my hand woven scarves. Tricot Designs , 1 Castle Mews, Tarrant S..."

Now available at...........

I'm happy to announce that two more shops are stocking a small range of my hand woven scarves.

Tricot Designs1 Castle Mews, Tarrant St, Arundel, West Sussex (Tel 01903 885298).

Tricot Too6 Dragon Street, Petersfield GU31 4JD, (Tel 01730 231 218) 

Here's a photo of one of my Spring Summer scarves in the window display in the Petersfield shop.  

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Tracy Evans Textiles: Square Tower Arts in Old Portsmouth

Tracy Evans Textiles: Square Tower Arts in Old Portsmouth: "On 22 May our Southsea Art and Design group and a few other artists/makers tested the water with our first Sunday market at the Square Towe..."

Square Tower Arts in Old Portsmouth

On 22 May our Southsea Art and Design group and a few other artists/makers tested the water with our first Sunday market at the Square Tower, in Old Portsmouth.  Built in 1494 during the reign of Henry VII, the Square Tower was designed as part of the fortifications to protect the Naval Port.  The tower is now being given a new lease of life providing a great setting for art exhibitions and workshops.  It is a beautiful space, with domed ceilings and original brickwork, and there is something very special about the light.  There are two floors with access for disabled on the upper level.  The tower also has a very quaint vintage tea room, with a massive selection of teas and coffees served in delicate vintage china, and of course lots of very naughty but nice home made cakes, which one was obliged to indulge in......

There was a variety of media to see and buy including jewellery, textiles, ceramics, fine art and photography giving a good mix and plenty of interest for all the visitors.  I took along my little hand loom which I've recently acquired for demonstrations (thanks to Ebay and a few replacement parts), and was happy show a bit of hand weaving.  I was really surprised that it was the men who took the most interest in the craft, and a couple actually had a go which was great fun.  It must be something to do with the mechanics.....boys and toys and all that!   

As we all agreed that the venue had great potential and we were very pleased with the footfall for such a new event, despite a very blustery wind off the seashore which took the A frame boards for a walk on a few occasions, we've decided to make it a regular event on the 4th Sunday of every month.  We are also thinking of doing a Christmas fair and also potentially bringing a few workshop ideas into the event at a later stage dependent on interest.  

Dates for the diary
26 June
24 July
28/29 August (2 day event) TBC
25 Sep
23 Oct
27 Nov
17/18 Dec (Christmas Fair)