Friday, 25 February 2011

St Abbs Wool Festival

 Wool Festival this Saturday 26th 10-5pm at St Abbs Community centre.
Great weaving, felt, fibres and yarns to be had, come along and enjoy.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Borders Tourism Fair - Tuesday 1st March

Still time to take a table (or share one) at the Fair and promote your work to other Borders businesses - the more people know about you...

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

New Granary Gallery in Berwick upon Tweed

The Granary Gallery opens with a photographic exhibition charting the restoration of the iconic Dewar` Lane Granary

Thursday 17th February 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Opening times:
 11:00am – 3:00pm Wednesday - Monday

Free entrance from Dewar’s Lane and the Quay Walls

Granary Gallery Dewar’s Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1HJ
01289 303232s

All welcome and please forward this information to anyone that may be interested

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

New blog

Really like the new blog, I look forward to reading lots of interesting posts here.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Yell residencies

Sorry! I couldn't attach the .pdf to this blog - so if anyone is interested, the link you should follow is:

Textile interests

Hello - I am posting a pdf with information about weaving residencies in Yell in Shetland - for the interest of any weaving members or weavers that you might know? I am also adding some images to add colour to the blog - last November I was fortunate to participate in a Scottish curators research visit to India which included a spell in Kachchh, an area rich in textile tradition and other skills. There are a number of NGO's working throughout the region to help local artisans to develop and maintain their skills, whilst introducing the design of new products with contemporary appeal which will reach wider markets and provide greater economic support. It's obviously an intervention which requires great sensitivity, but I visited some good models, for example:
We visited Bhuj, which was the epicentre of a devastating earthquake in 2001, although much has since been rebuilt. The weaving, embroidery and other hand skills in this area are amazing but the focus on regeneration and inward investment after the earthquake, when factories and industry were given incentives to relocate to the area, has had a significant negative impact. The attraction of higher wages has led, understandably, many people to choose to work in factories. This has in turn led to a rapid decline in the making of traditional product and as a consequence is breaking the continuity of these skills. The work of the NGO's is increasingly important to address these issues - to maintain tradition and continuing expertise, develop sustainable new markets, micro-credit systems, greater empowerment and encourage 'making' as a viable option for livelihood.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Grant to travel to Europe...

The Heritage Crafts Association have highlighted this organisation which is offering funding. Basically if you are a craft teacher you can apply for a grant to spend 4 weeks somewhere else in Europe broadening your horizons and learning how other folk teach. Might be worth a read to see if you qualify...

`My Dyeing to Weave Journey` a talk by Trisha Gow

The Border Texile group meet at Foulden Village Hall, Main Steet, Foulden. Berwickshire. As part of their programme there is a talk by Trisha Gow on February 12th at 2pm. Visitors are welcome (visitors fee £3.00)
Should be really interesting.
Laura Brittain

Monday, 7 February 2011

A68 Project

The joint exhibition between Network Artists Group and Crossing Borders members is getting started to be involved in this exciting travelling exhibition contact Nick Holmes now.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Art Trail 2011

Get the dates in your diaries! Looks like September 2nd, 3rd, 4th will see our fourth art trail. Sheep will be sure to feature in the signposting

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Amazing this technology

Hi Every one, another amazing way for us all to talk.
Thanks to Lindsay, Laura and Janis for setting this up.
Happy chatting

Paxton Exhibition

Laura and Janis are now planning this season's exhibition at Paxton House. If you would like to be considered get in touch with Janis .

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

New work at Eastgate

Lindsay and Danielle both put new work into display cases at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles last week. If you'd like to see your work in there too, speak to Claire Blyth who is overseeing the changing displays there

Training blog

This is our first post for the new CB blog.  Laura and I are having a very informative training session at Lindsay's. This blog will link directly from the Crossing Borders website