I have just returned from a weekend in Oxford where I was teaching at 'Plus' Spring 2010 Workshops, part of The Oxford Summer School which is held every July in Oxford firstname.lastname@example.org and run by the lovely Liz Bryant. The workshops are held in a Secondary School and filled with students and tutors, it is a truly inspirational event, and the weekend I have just spent there was just so.
My students were a wonderful group of very talented and competent women. They had travelled from all over the south to spend two days machine embroidering and that's what we did. Pictorial Machine Embroidery, and after a demonstration of what to do, my, did they produce some fantastic things, including decorated garments, pieces about; cats, sea scapes, geometric abstracts, tuscan and the south downs way landscapes, portraits, funfair horses, singing women, ready, and almost ready to be framed. Each one was a true objects of desire.
I was so thrilled with their achievements, all the hard work that was put into each piece certainly paid off as beautiful images started to show on the calico, all produced in stitch! Again with each class of stitchers I meet I am always bowled over with how one technique is shown and how each individual runs with it to created something so unique and special that only they, the individual could have made, truly inspiring.
I was looked after by dear friends who spoiled me rotten, we went to The Trout at Tadpole Bridge http://www.trout-inn.co.uk/ and had a sumptuous meal in a friendly and sympathetically decorated atmosphere. It was very good food and I had a very nice time catching up with my lovely friends.
Now, it's back down to earth and back to work in the studio.