I will apologise in advance for the copious amounts of photographs in this post.
We had such a fabulous time and there was so much to see, so I hope you understand.
Alice Fox is an amazing textile artist who responds to her environment by allowing nature to 'dye' and mark the fabric and paper that she works on.
Sam, Debs and myself have loved her work for quite a while now and so jumped at the chance to attend her workshop at Hope and Elvis.
As we were so giddy, we arrived a bit too early and had an explore around The Harley Gallery and Estate.
Sam, Instagramming in the rain!
Debs, primed and ready for action!
Sam and Jenny raiding the shop!
Alice, sharing techniques and rusting recipes.
Look at those beautiful samples!
It was like alchemy!
Making our first samples...
Alice's collection of rusty treasures.
Unwrapping Alice's pre- prepared cloths.
It was like Christmas!
The air filled with 'ooos' and 'aaahs' as we unwrapped the beautiful parcels of rusted fabric.
We were so inspired nothing was safe!
Look, even the chair became wrapped!
Mr Gnome was very relieved that he wasn't made of metal!
After all that unwrapping and excitement it was time for dinner!
We enjoyed a very civilised tiffin, thank you Louise and Miss Debs.
This piece was made during Alice's residency at Spurn Point and was displayed in the light house.
Now this may seem strange, but I think the bathroom at Hope and Elvis is one of the most beautiful in all the land.
Louise laughs at me for always photographing it, but I can't resist!
After sharing out the unwrapped pieces we began stitching and composing our own little pieces.
Debs' delicate stitchings:
(T'other) Deb's lovely piece:
Jenny's beautiful stitchings.
Nothing was safe from Jenny now!
Sam's rust-tastic sampler.
(T'other) Sam's multi layered piece.
I hope you liked your little 'thank you' sweet peas (the only thing that seems to have flourished in my garden this year!)
And if you've made it to the end of this monster post then well done and brew your self a cup of tea.
You've earned it!