Monday, 1 February 2016

Through Our Hands and an exhibition

You probably know about Through Our Hands by now as we've mentioned the Magazine and the Portfolio lots of times, but have you seen the Through Our Hands Facebook page? We'd love you to visit and like the page!

It really is essential reading for anyone interested in the creative arts and not just for the opportunity to see the work of the 27 affiliated artists connected with Through Our Hands, although of course that's wonderful too. Annabel is doing an amazing job to include the most fascinating links and features you might otherwise miss. Just take a look and be sure to visit often because there's something there for everyone and always something to inspire.

With the wonders of the internet, we aren't limited by geographical boundaries and we can discover diverse art from people all over the world. Excellent as it is to enjoy exhibitions online though, it's sometimes an advantage be able to see the work up close and personal. If you are within travelling distance of Llangollen, Wales you might want to put these February dates for Quiltfest 2016  in your diary. Some events open tomorrow and from February 10th the Nineties Collection of the Quilters' Guild of the British Isles will be displayed along with more recent work from some of the original participants. I was one of those commissioned to make a piece back in the '90s to become part of the Guild's permanent collection.

'Demons in my Head' 
Linda Kemshall
I've realised in my usual scatterbrained fashion that I never took any photographs of this piece back when I made it but when the collection was exhibited in Walsall a few years back they used my quilt for the advertising poster!

'Demons in my Head' (detail)
The detail of the apple with its telling missing bite was always my favourite bit! It should be interesting to make comparisons to see if there have been changes in style and technique over the intervening years. 'Demons in my Head' will be on show together with 'To the Brim' made in 2015.

Hope lots of you can get there!

Thanks for reading today - Love Linda

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