Curious Exchange

Curious Exchange

I’m taking part in the Curious Exchange, “Dulwich’s own curiosity shop with a difference”.

It’s curated by artists Jane Millar and Fran Burden, who are creating an initial “Cabinet of Curiosities” of over 150 objects made by various artists. Anyone can then bring an object they have made to the Curious Exchange and swap it for work by another maker.

Each piece is photographed and recorded, as the exhibition will (hopefully) be constantly changing as pieces are exchanged. You don’t have to be a professional maker to take part – the only condition  is that the work mustn’t be bigger than 20cm in any dimension.

I contributed one of my small felt pots made with indigo-dyed cotton gauze. It will be interesting to see what other people make and take!

felt gauze pot

The Curious Exchange is open to the public from 10 to 19 May, 11am-5pm, in the original entrance to Dulwich Leisure Centre on East Dulwich Road, London SE22 9HB.

Women of the Cloth in East Dulwich

Phew! I’m just recovering from the two wonderful weeks of exhibiting as part of Women of the Cloth at the Jeannie Avent Gallery in East Dulwich.

It was a hectic two weeks, partly because I was offered some editorial work during that period that I couldn’t turn down. Plus the first Saturday of the exhibition coincided with Making Uncovered, where I was demonstrating wet felting – so I spent a lot of time trying to ensure I had adequate stock and supplies for both events, packing and repacking my large wheelie suitcase and generally feeling a bit stressed out.

Making Uncovered was a great event, with lots of people coming to watch demonstrations by 16 different artisans, ask questions and have a go themselves. Many said that they had thought felt making wouldn’t be very exciting, but turned out to be entranced by the colours and textures. I guess they were thinking about the squares of acrylic felt you get in craft shops – so it was good to help them learn about the real thing.

And it was lovely that so many friends and customers dropped in to say hello as well, especially as I have been rather neglectful of them in such a busy period. 🙂

making uncovered

So after that it was a relief to escape to the gallery, to sit with other Women of the Cloth, to weave, stitch and felt in an atmosphere of quiet creativity. It was particularly interesting to watch Joan Kendall weaving magical colours and textures, and see Carol Grantham’s workshop participants revel in their delight at producing their first piece of felt.

avent kristina weaving

I sold a fair amount and met some interesting people at the same time, including a visitor who came back to show us some gorgeous rag rugs she had made. She may be getting an invitation to take part in our next exhibition/sale!

avent rag rug front
Gorgeous rag rug…
avent rag rug back
…where the back is as interesting as the front!

So huge thanks to Carol, Joan and Larna for making this past fortnight such a welcoming shared experience. I hope we get the chance to work together again in the future.