On Friday I went to London and delivered my book to A&C Black Ltd. I can't believe that I have handed over my manuscript and it now lies in their capable and experience hands. I now have a bit of time to play with until it is returned to me with changes and checks. I celebrated with a trip to Maison Bertaux - 28 Greek Street Soho where I met my old college friend Graham Hollick http://www.grahamhollick.com/ for coffee and the most wonderful cake. (The window of the cafe is not only a visual feast but a mouth watering one as well, resistance is futile) After stuffing our faces and catching up on news, events and trips of holidays and working holidays, Graham is off again to India for more work on his collection of clothes and accessories for the home, working with a woman's co-operative. Graham is not only a talented designer, fantastic cook but also a modest and kind soul who works with the most fabulously talented individuals and groups. I wish I could be more like him.
After waving goodbye to my friend I went to Contemporary Applied Arts http://www.caa.org.uk/ to deliver new work and collect old work. A fantastic gallery which I am really delighted to have my work shown in. It's in Percy Street, very near to Tottenham Court Road and well worth a visit.
Then I decided that after having my apatite whetted with all the wonderful pieces in CAA I need to see more and went along to the British Museum which is just a hop, skip and a jump away. I am so glad I went. I saw clothes made and worn by the indigenous people of Northern America. Oh what fantastic garments they were too. A Parker made from seal intestine, the 'fabric' looked like silk, it was embellished with beautiful hand embroidery, made to wear whilst collecting berries. I have new ideas for new pieces and am very excited.
This week I am finishing off a big commission piece for a family, then making a small cat commission, and then if there is any time left I am going to continue in finishing the piece I started before my holiday.