I was in the happy position of neither having my own stand nor being involved in a stand at the Festival this year, my first year off for at least 10 years. It was wonderful to just visit the show for a change.
Here are a few of my favourites. There seemed to be a very healthy amount of quilts in the competitions, with a high standard of work throughout, and the professional galleries were mostly very good too. I particularly enjoy the non professional work; so much care and love has been put into some amazing pieces.
Without meaning to I managed to buy some fabric. I didn’t go too crazy, which is commendable, bearing in mind that buying fabric is very high on my list of things that I really like to do.
I’ll be back working at the show next year, on the Art Textiles: Made in Britain stand, and very much looking forward to it.
So here are a few favourites.
Elly van Steenbeek.
Helen McBride Richter.
Mary Palmer and Anne Kiely, above and below.
Below, several images of one of my favourite galleries, featuring the work of Diana Harrison.
Annabel Rainbow painting live and raising money for Save the Children, in another of my favourite galleries, Through Our Hands.
Above, admirers in Ineke Berlyn’s gallery, a friend and brilliant textile artist. Some of her wonderful dresses are below.
Anne Forgan. I loved this, it was called, I think, ‘My Ageing Face.’
Margaret Ramsay, winner of the Fine Art Textiles category.