Opens to the public 10am Thursday 6th August. See you there!
Starting to accumulate all the bits and pieces I will need for tomorrow's set up at Festival of Quilts. So many things to remember! Looking forward to meeting loads of new people (and old friends!) and hearing what you think about my new exhibition: 'Searching For The Invisible Woman.'
Opens to the public 10am Thursday 6th August. See you there!
It's a mere month until 'Searching For The Invisible Woman' opens at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. I have a pair of complimentary tickets to give away to one lucky winner! Leave a comment below, or share this post on Facebook and your name will be put into a giant hat, shaken vigorously and a winner will emerge one week from today. Good luck!
With just 5 weeks to the start of Festival of Quilts, and the opening of 'Searching For The Invisible Woman' things are getting pretty manic here in the Linda Barlow Shed! I've been spending this beautiful hot weather shut in my swelteringly hot, blackout blinded, sealed windowed small space, working on the animated film for the exhibition.
Here's a still from the film. Several thousand to go….!
There's still just over a month to visit the Through Our Hands exhibition "The Liberated Quilt" on at Bilston Craft Gallery.
It's a great exhibition, full of interesting and thought-provoking pieces of textile work from a range of international artists. There is on-street parking nearby, or if arriving by public transport, take a train to Wolverhampton and buy PlusBus with your train ticket to use the tram from Wolverhampton to Bilston Central. It's then a short walk to the gallery. Free entry and a free catalogue!!
Searching For The Invisible Woman
Thanks to all those of you who have helped by answering the questionnaires for this project.
However I need more answers to the question: "What would be your wildest dream? (money and health are in abundant supply)"
If you could answer this for me that would be great - write as much or as little as you want, and you can answer more than once if you have lots of dreams!
Get your friends to send me their dreams too!
Send your answers to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You don't have to give your name and your dreams will be completely anonymous in the exhibition.
Your dreams will form part of an exhibition at Festival of Quilts at the NEC Birmingham in August 2015.
Looking forward to hearing your dreams!
I have a small exhibition of framed paint and stitched work at Jones's Coffee House, 15 High Street, Market Drayton, open Monday - Friday 9am - 4.30pm, till the end of September. Great coffee!
The second issue of the magazine is out! Many thanks to Annabel Rainbow, Laura Kemshall and Linda Kemshall for all their hard work. Visit www.throughourhands.co.uk and sign up for the next issue!
I'm excited to be starting a new research-based project which will look at how middle-aged women respond to their changing identity in a youth obsessed culture.
The baby boomer generation is the first to challenge the perceptions of mid and older age. We certainly weren't going to be like our mothers, all beige and crimplene and blue rinses. But who then to look to as role models?
We are brought up with negative models of older women, and these childhood images of older women stick. I am still haunted by Bronte's mad Bertha in the attic, the bizarre actions of the Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly and the sheer unkindness of the endless mother-in-law jokes of the so-called 70's comedians. Hardly inspirational.
But in reality the middle aged women of my childhood were a force to be reckoned with. They gondola'd through the neighbourhood in their mud coloured gaberdines and leatherette shopping bags, doling out advice that was invariably heeded lest they find out otherwise. They didn't care what other people thought of them or how they appeared. The only time I ever heard the word "diet" was when they speculated in hushed tones whether Nellie would "die-at" th'ospital or at 'ome.
They were confident and respected. They certainly weren't invisible or appear worried as so many middle aged women claim to feel today.
Middle age is a time of great change in the lives of many women, children leaving home re-defining the role as a parent, relationships sometimes becoming tired (divorce is high in this age group). Women are still responsible for the majority of caring roles in society and personal dreams are often dashed or put on hold by the expectation that they will care for aging relatives.
However, this can also present an opportunity for re-inventing oneself. Post menopausal women often report increased energy levels and many over 50's women are starting their own businesses, carving out new careers for themselves once family responsibilities are out of the way.
I want to know about your experience! If you are in your 40's, 50's or 60's (or even a bit either side) please complete the following questionnaire. The results will inform a series of wall-hung textile collages which will be exhibited in August 2015, and hopefully, a short animation.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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I am one of eight artists featured in the new exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre. The exhibition also includes work by Caren Garfen, Janet Haigh, Nigel Hurlstone, Val Jackson, Deirdre Nelson, Naomi Ryder and Lynn Setterington and runs until July 20th. Well worth a v
12 April – 20 July 2014
Who are we? What makes
us who we are? In this
exhibition, curated by
Melanie Miller and June Hill,
eight artists explore the
subject of identity from
a range of perspectives:
personal, public, historic
The exhibition features
work in a variety of formats
domestic objects, military
clothing, signature quilts,
digital prints and embroidered
stop motion animation.
Dr Melanie Miller is a lecturer,
maker, writer and curator
I am happiest stitching, dyeing, painting and printing in my shed. I walk on the coast path to think. I'm told I should blog to keep my website alive, so here goes.....