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We’ve just got home from our weekend in the UK for the opening of the exhibition “Freedom” at the Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch. I came home empty handed as I didn’t take away any of the awards, but with a head full of impressions. It was a valuable learning experience for me. I have plenty of things to ponder on and then I will be blogging about them. Sqeze took lots of good photos of the exhibition, which I will also post some time soon. So I have a visual record to remind me of the occasion.

It was great to meet up with my family, who travelled from Brighton, Nottingham and Keynsham to share the day with me. I also met my tutor Marie from Design Matters. It was nice to have met in person as up to now all contact has been by email. And last but not least it was lovely to catch up with some of the ladies who took the Master Class with Alice Kettle with me too. One of them, Mary, took the award for technical excellence with a very interesting and expressive piece.

Looking at the other exhibits I can understand why I didn’t win anything. I shall write something about my thoughts on that soon too. Since around 50% of the other exhibitors were either studying for a BA or an MA Arts degree I feel it was a great achievement for me to be up there among the finalists as this is something I do around a full time job in the IT world.

For now take a look at my exhibit “Mental Jail Break” in my gallery. Again Sqeze was the photographer here too. Enjoy!

And here is a glimpse of the private viewing.

Private viewing


Back home — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Ruth

    Sorry I didn’t get much of a chance to talk, I wasn’t very well and was finding communication a problem!

    I too have come away with lots to think about and have mixed feelings about the exhibition.
    I felt Mary’s piece was the clear winner!

    You mention the levels of the qualifications, well that’s just what they are studying now. I believe some already have degrees etc and their current studies are in addition to this, so well done even more!

    Now this has reached its climax it has opened the floodgates with what I have to get on with now!

    What are your intentions for the future now?

    All the best

    Becky x

  2. Hi Ruth
    I would have liked to have had more time to catch up with you, but the afternoon just flew by. I loved the concept behind your piece and how you’d developed it, it was good to see your pics here with your explanations.
    I agree with you, that the level of expertise was astounding and I certainly felt outclassed by the winning piece, which was amazing. Like you, I felt proud to have made it as far as I did, especially as I’m a relative newbie to textile art. It was a really great experience.
    I look forward to seeing what you do in the future.