Then it’s all gone.

Last month the three galleries were buzzing with work, visitors, stewards and cups of coffee. The atmosphere was fantastic and everyone seemed to love the experience.

Last Monday I made a final sweep of the spaces to check that we hadn’t left anything behind. All that was left were these two chairs from gallery one. Not a picture to be seen.

So – to refresh memories and promote the group, I’m compiling an archive – videos / broadcasts / articles / the sound and light installation / slide shows and those involved in the complex story that was ‘Strands of Time’. Even just reading that through makes you realise just how much work was involved and how many people made it all happen.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if ‘Strands of Time’ could be resurrected in another format in another gallery in another city?

Spread the word.DSC00271

Final Call for Strands of Time

We are now on the last 3 days of this fantastic exhibition at Edinburgh Palette, so it is now a case of “snooze and you lose”.

It closes at 6 on Saturday 23rd., the work is collected by the members on Sunday and I do a final sweep on Monday morning and then not a trace should be left – physically any way. I’m sure though that there will be loads of memories and inspirational thoughts to keep this fantastic show of Edge :past, present and future alive and thriving for a long time to come.

There was a heap of work and favours called in to make it work so well but when you stand in any of the 3 rooms and look at just how good it looks and just how good we are as contemporary textile artists, it has all been worth while.

In modern parlance….. go us!

The final image, I think, should be a salutary one. Edge does ‘thought provoking’ as well as beautiful and Moira E Dickson’s trilogy on remembrance, especially the devastation of lives in WW1, says it all.

Moira E's WW1(1)


Guess what happens tomorrow?

After what seemed like forever, Strands Of Time opens in Edinburgh Palette tomorrow at 12 o’clock.

It has taken so many days and weeks and months to get to this point but, if and when you visit, you will understand why so much work went into the making of it.

We have, for probably the last time, a show spanning three generations of Scottish textile art at its best. pieces from the sixties that are as fresh as they were avant garde then – and through some of our newest work to the prize-winning students’ who have produced fantastic work.

If the fate of Scottish textile art is in their hands, we can relax.

So, after a week of preparation, I can now put on my best outfit and enjoy tomorrow’s opening.

Shall I see you there?

On being inspired by inspirations

I am working my way through the compilation of the catalogue for Strands Of Time – only two weeks to go folks – and ,and this happens every time, am getting drawn into the written statements . I find that it adds another way to look at a piece and am amazed at the sources of inspiration to make them. For example I now now where Midge Gourlay got the pink and purple colours for her Spanish Horses piece and where Liza Green collected  the spent bullets for her brilliant anti-war piece Spent Forces.

And do you know why Rosemary Campbell uses boats in her work or what inspired one of our student prize winners, Shan Press, to create her final year course work?

No answers given but if you come along to the show – 2 – 23 July, Edinburgh Palette –  you’ll find out . Simply check out the catalogue. Looking forward to seeing you there.Midge Gourlay, Horses

I told you – pink and purple horses!

Strands of the past

The reason for all this hard work from the committee? Well, it’s the fact that we’re tackling three galleries in the one exhibition – our past, present and future. So it’s about time I showed more images – this time, a blast from our past.Girl with Red Lips - Kim Gunn

This is one of Kim Gunn’s from the ‘cutting : edge’ exhibition’- Girl with a pearl earring.

Saturday’s strand

As I was talking about yesterday when I wrote about Helen,’edge’ is a group dependent on everyone working as a group and sharing out decisions and responsibilities. Today was just that.

It was our last committee meeting before selection day on the 26th so as you can imagine there was more that a great deal to work out. The main structure is firmly in the hands of the gallery curators and is looking good.There’s a reflective past, a bang up to date present and a future featuring Kilner jars and bulldog clips  – a must see .

But that  basis has to be supported by the house-keeping details you don’t think about but make your gallery visit worth it. We ranged from posters / flyers and feather banners through how the opening on the 2nd will go, to stewarding rotas and teams of helpers during the week before the show; would there be postcards to sell and wouldn’t it be better to use UHT milk and save running out of milk for the cafe ; what kind of catalogue would we produce for the show and what about selection of the A4 unframed pieces.

Those of you who have been involved in organising exhibitions as a group will know exactly the kind of meeting we had today … and hopefully it will have been enough to ease the strain of those 3am. worries when you panic over the What about…?’ scenarios.

We should be able to sleep well.

Strands of time

Today I was thinking of the enormous amount of work that’s gone into edge-textile artists and the love and joy of the members who’ve kept our particular dream alive. And it has been a lot of years and exhibitions just to reach this point.

There are so many members who immediately spring to mind but perhaps today, the focus could be on Helen Hill – someone who has quietly worked away before being a committee member, did her three years stint and then offered to stay on to help out as the ‘Birnam’ link and minute secretary so 5 years altogether while, and I hope she won’t mind me saying, coping with MS.There are so many members like Helen who add together to make such a sold base of talent and commitment – and that gives edge it’s ‘edge’.

And not only that, her work has improved with each exhibition – wonder woman indeed! Here’s a piece from her myths and legends series on Corryvreckan.