Friday, 28 March 2008

Post bag and stuff

I've received some wonderful post lately and thought I would share it with you.

When I offered up some books for exchange/giveaway recently I was delighted to receive these wonderful dyed fabrics from Francoise.

There were all sorts of wonderful pieces in my parcel even some dyed florist's paper, I can't wait to use these for something really special.

I exchanged with Becky too and she sent me a fabulous book on abstract painting, which has marvelous ideas and things to try if we ever get enough good weather to take the paints outside and get messy.

Lastly on my goodie list was Debbi's wonderful little inchies, that arrived yesterday. I can't tell you how gorgeous they are in the flesh, each one a tiny piece of art, I'm so in awe of people who can work this small, I don't have the patience.

The 'stuff' bit of this post is about our next exhibition venue. It's just up the road from where we live and it's the Rural Life Centre, Frensham . There is so much to see there, artifacts from times past all beautifully preserved in buildings that have been saved and brought to the site where they have been lovingly reassembled. The place has a lovely laid back friendly feel to it and we are delighted to have been asked to take part in the Countryside and Wildlife day on May 25th.

We are exhibiting in the village hall which you can see below:

My friend and I were there yesterday to get some inspiration for themed pieces as we've been asked to show work that is in-keeping with the atmosphere of the day and also the site itself.

Amongst many other things I found was this wonderful sewing machine, with fantastic artwork on it, I'll have to find a way of interpreting this I think.

And how about this contraption, I have no idea what it is but I love those circular handles.


Hannah Hamer said...

Looks like a lovely Venue and what a fabulous old machine!

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

I remember my grandmother having a Singer treadle sewing machine which was covered in a gold design similar to this but even more elaborate. It was passed on to my mother and I made dresses for my youngest sister and curtains for the new house when I was fourteen. How I wish now that it had been passed on to me. No idea what happened to it. Shame! I would have treasured it.
I have a rubber stamp of a machne like this. haven't used it yet - just couldn't resist it.

Aussie Jo said...

What a fantastic place to stage an event, I'll be watching out for the photos.
Here in Geelong we have the National Wool Museum housed in an enormous bluestone building. In it's recent spinning and weaving exhibition it had machines that looked a little like this.

Julie said...

I look forward to seeing your themed piece, Sharon. Lovely goody post too. Could you let me know what you think of the book when you've had chance to look at it? Many thanks. :)

Ro Bruhn said...

What great swaps, love the book on abstract painting. This building reminds me of the old village hall in Lincolnshire where I came from, there was a chapel next door where we had the harvest festival each year, oh such nostalgia.

Shirley Goodwin said...

Great swaps! Makes it fun to go collect the mail.

Helen Suzanne said...

Now that will be an inspired project Sharon. How interesting to work with old machinery. It will be lovely to see what you get up to with it.