Friday night saw Mum and I off to the opening of the Stroud International Textiles Festival 2009 at Museum in the Park in Stroud. Not only was there a fabulous jazz band and wine and nibbles, the work on display was rather good too! We saw Michael Brennand-Wood and Matthew Harris milling around...just two of the artists who are exhibiting work at the Festival this year. The Festival's well worth a visit if you're in the area and it's certainly a great opportunity to see pieces by a bevvy of well-known contemporary textile artists.
My favourite pieces were by Matthew Harris... I love his use of colour and line.
I was really drawn to these canvasses by Dawn Dupree. I love colours.
The highlight of the weekend was definitely our trip to Devon to Donna's fabulous Spring Open House Sale. As ever, there were plenty of treasures to look through...and I came home with some too! We even went for a drive after the sale and found Meadowgate, from Kirstie's Homemade Home. It's in the most beautiful secluded location.
So many glorious vintage treasures to look through. I came home with some lovely Sylko threads on wooden reels with glorious names like 'Lido Blue' and 'Fiesta Pink'; a jar of the most fabulous buttons (which I've tipped out to look at numerous times since bringing them home!); a chunky red necklace and a 1950's dress, which will be perfect for our friends' wedding that we're going to next month.
There were tempting textiles draped everywhere! If only I could have thought of somewhere to put them all in our house!
I just love Donna's kitchen dresser. It's jam-packed with a mix of old and new pieces. Grouping things together in colours is definitely the way forward and I'm inspired to give this philosophy a try in our new kitchen (when it's been built!).
As if rummaging for goodies wasn't enough, Donna always has the best cakes waiting for hungry sale-goers in her big farmhouse kitchen.
This is me having a 1950's moment in the dress I bought at Donna's sale! I'm also modelling my new chunky red necklace. I feel the urge to wear my new dress everyday (but will make do with saving it for special occasions for now)!